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Niagara River Steelhead by Chris Shaffer

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Niagara River Steelhead by Chris Shaffer

Where: Upstate New York’s Niagara River Why: Good, consistent steelhead runs  When: Run begins in October and can persist into early June, but the best time spans from mid November through early May How To Get Here: Buffalo is the nearest major city, roughly a 30-minute drive from the Lower Niagara River. Direct flights from the West Coast aren’t common, but one-stop itineraries are easy to come by. All major airlines fly into Buffalo. For those looking to fly in through Toronto, that’s an option. Toronto is roughly 1:30 minute drive to the river.   Pautzke Bait owner Casey Kelley...

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Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

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Grand River Steelhead by Bob Gwizdz

It was cold on that early December day, in the 20s, and the water temperature couldn’t have been much warmer. But the advantage to fishing in nasty weather below the dam on the Grand River in Grand Rapids is that you don’t have the competition that you get on a nice day. I was fishing with Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Tom Goniea at what I believe to be one of the premier urban fisheries anywhere in America. We waded, carefully, across the river to the edge of a hole and started casting crankbaits across the current and retrieving...

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In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

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In Praise of the Tin Man - by Darryl Choronzey

THE CHIEF IS DEAD (1974-2014) At 40 years of age, a dedicated, reliable friend, suddenly left this world due to the careless results of drunk driving. Born on the banks of the Columbia River, at Hood River, Oregon, he was my constant companion over the decades. While he never actually fished, he was always there to be plugged in, smoked up and supplied me with the tastiest of rewards after a long day working the water. Thank you Chief for your long years of faithful loyalty. As for the thoughtless fool that crushed the life out of you, may his...

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Transition Steelhead by Brian Kelly

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Transition Steelhead by Brian Kelly

What to do when Fall turns to Winter When the fall run is in the rear view mirror, it is tough to come to grips with after a season of mild weather and blue back chromers dancing on the lake front. Plenty of good opportunities present themselves across the Great Lakes scene during the fall run, which means there are plenty of fish in our river systems that will be going into winter mode. Time to change tactics a bit and focus on the areas that will hold these hard charging brutes until the urge to spawn takes over. It comes...

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Steelhead Rules on Winter Streams by Matt Straw

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Steelhead Rules on Winter Streams by Matt Straw

  Winter Rules 1. Under 36°F, seek low-gradient river segments and slow sections of pools. 2. Steelhead may avoid overhead cover in the coldest flows. 3. Water levels determine extent and distance when steelhead run. 4. Make successive drifts in tighter increments—short first, long last. 5. Slow the drift and hit their nose 6. Carry a thermometer.   Driven by high winds across an open field, snow came over the ridge above us in vast sheets and clouds. It curled as it hit the dead air of our protective hideaway and settled on us where we sat warming our fingers....

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