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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

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Tricked Out Trolling Flies (Tips for Trophy Trout & Salmon) by Tom Schultz

Note this is a follow-up article from GLA June/July 2019, “Tricked Out Salmon Spoons.” Thank you for the feedback! Some of your shared setup tips, strategies and pics have made it to this article too! We’ve found sharing tips and info very rewarding, helping the Great Lakes Fishery a bit and for sure helping our fellow sportsmen, trout and salmon anglers in putting a few more trophies in the box! Nice Steelhead on a “Tricked Out” trolling fly. Have you ever noticed a steelhead with blue eyes? Tip #1: Stinger Hooks—From YouTube underwater trolling video footage, we notice more often...

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A Stream Trout Primer by Matt Straw + Tippet Chart

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A Stream Trout Primer by Matt Straw + Tippet Chart

Stream trout were the glamour fish of the early-to-mid twentieth century. Wild settings, clear water, solitude, and a “River-Runs-Through-It” kind of self assurance captivated the angling audience. The writings of Hemmingway, Wulff, Schweibert, Haig-Brown, and many others played no small part in the romance. The sleek, stylish profile is built for speed and splitting current. The jewel-like red, blue, or black spots, and the pristine habitats they thrive in continue to inspire literature by great authors and daydreams by the millions. Stream trout are spooky. A shadow overhead, a vibration sent through the ground, a glimpse of sudden movement, the...

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The Smolt Bite by Jim Bedford

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The Smolt Bite by Jim Bedford

As featured in Great Lakes Angler—April/May 2013 Each spring hundreds of thousands of chinook, coho, and steelhead smolts migrate from the Great Lakes’ tributaries down to the big lakes.  In some streams they are joined by pink and Atlantic salmon smolts.  Most of the species smolt in early to mid-May but young chinook salmon usually wait until early June to move down to the Great Lakes.  On a smaller scale this migration also occurs in the tributaries of our large, deep, and cold inland lakes that support populations of rainbows.  Most of these streams also support good populations of resident...

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Bead Perspectives (Steehead Fishing) by Jim Bedford

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Bead Perspectives (Steehead Fishing) by Jim Bedford

Even though I remain a very confirmed lure tosser when it comes to river fishing for steelhead, brown trout, and salmon I have become very interested in the tremendous increase in the practice of bead fishing in Great Lakes tributaries. Several very successful anglers have related to me how this technique is even more effective than drifting actual eggs and spawn bags. Since I have always had an aversion to messing with eggs (in 48 years of hardcore fishing for steelhead, my life time catch of these special fish on spawn remains at two), the idea of successfully drifting beads...

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The Great Lakes Best Brown Trout Ports by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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The Great Lakes Best Brown Trout Ports by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

  I’m just old enough to have witnessed the glory days of the Great Lakes when brown trout were almost as abundant as salmon. It was a time when hard core anglers—fishing from small boats—would chisel ice away from launch ramps so they could be among the first to target browns each season. Back in the day, all the Great Lakes had an abundance of forage and the sky was the limit as to state and provincial brown trout stocking efforts. Sadly those days are gone and the changing face of the Great Lakes has forced biologists to reduce stocking...

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