Fishing Articles — Steelhead Fishing

Gummy Bears For Steelhead: Soft Beads And Hybrids by Matt Straw

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Gummy Bears For Steelhead: Soft Beads And Hybrids by Matt Straw

The river rushes out of the mist-enshrouded forest as if emerging from a portal in time. The muted orange, yellow, and red of the trees merge into an impressionist painting. Wisps of fog drift over the water like ghosts. Beneath the spectral parade, king salmon jockey for position on spawning riffles. But kings are not what we’re after. A short walk below those rowdy kings, steelhead vie for feeding stations. The food being conveyed by the current is supplied by the salmon. The eggs—millions of free-drifting protein pills that fail to lodge in nests, all translucent at times, opaque at...

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

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Niagara River’s Simple Yet Deadly Rig by Paul Liikala

I was fighting something that was whipping my butt. It surged downstream, went skyward, and then raced upstream. It appeared to tire as it neared the boat. Wrong! It turned tail and ripped 50 feet of line from the reel’s spool. Finally, the exhausted salmon came to the boat where John DeLorenzo expertly netted it. She tipped the scales at 30 pounds, the biggest of the nine that I caught that day. What a day for my first trip on the Niagara River! A couple of months later, I returned to the Niagara. We fished the bar at the river’s...

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Steelhead and Suffering by Calvin McShane

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Steelhead and Suffering by Calvin McShane

Anglers go fishing for an assortment of reasons. Some fish to relax. Other’s fish for the excitement. Some of us fish for food and I’ll bet even more of us fish just because we ought to—according to my significant other I can really be a jerk sometimes. But when I think about my life as a fisherman, the moments I relish the most are the trips that involve the most suffering. Sometimes it feels good to get a little uncomfortable, disheveled and pissed off. Don’t other people savor the times when things aren’t working out? You know, the times when...

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Give Yourself an Edge by Captain Mike Schoonveld

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Give Yourself an Edge by Captain Mike Schoonveld

I was a hunter first and a fisherman only when there were no hunting seasons open when I was young. I was mostly a self-taught hunter and there’s no lesson plan for the “school of hard knocks.” Only with time and experience did I learned the best places go as I traipsed over field and forest in quest of whatever was my quarry that day. I learned the lessons, I just didn’t know what to call them.  A few years later, as I was studying to become a wildlife biologist, some of the lessons I learned at Purdue reinforced what...

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Chilling Out: Steelheading on the Pere Marquette River by Steven J. Masello

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Chilling Out: Steelheading on the Pere Marquette River by Steven J. Masello

  “Ah, bitter chill it was!” (to borrow a line from John Keats). But that’s to be expected during this prime time for steelheading on Michigan’s Pere Marquette River (PM) in late March and early April. And yet that’s when I most enjoy fishing this lovely, tranquil Blue Ribbon trout, salmon and steelhead stream. ‘Tis the season for quiet river time, sans the boisterous recreational inner-tubers, canoeists and cell phone addicts of summer. The early spring months allow one to savor the tranquil black timbered and frost banked beauty of the prime steelhead run. And there are few, if any,...

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