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World-Class Brown Trout Fishing by Jim Teeny

Fly Fishing Locations & Destinations New York trout

World-Class Brown Trout Fishing by Jim Teeny

  It’s always been a dream of mine to catch big German brown trout on a fly. In Montana, if you got a 4- pound-plus brown you would make the wall in Dan Bailey’s Fly Shop. For most of us, a 4-pound trout would be considered a big trout. I live in Oregon and we also have big browns in some of our waters but they are hard to catch. I landed my first big German brown in Wisconsin when my friend Dave Halblom and I were teaching a class. On the second day, I spotted a different fish amongst...

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Saginaw Bay Bass by Bob Gwizdz

Bass Michigan Rivers & Lakes

Saginaw Bay Bass by Bob Gwizdz

Thirty years ago, if you fished for bass on Saginaw Bay, you fished for largemouths. The fishery was great and, frankly, relatively easy. There were miles of shallow marsh and near-shore weed beds and because Saginaw Bay was better known for perch and walleye, only the hard-core bassers ever fooled with them. But everything changed over the next three decades. For one thing, the water level fell, leaving miles and miles of cattails and reeds in water way too shallow for an average bass boat. The arrival of zebra mussels significantly cleared up the water, too, so you could, under...

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Fishing Behind the Crowds by Tony Ensalaco

Rivers & Lakes salmon fishing Steelhead Fishing

Fishing Behind the Crowds by Tony Ensalaco

When I began steelheading as a teenager, an old-timer of the sport told me that if I wanted to consistently catch fish, then it was imperative for me to be on the river well before other fishermen to secure the best hole. The definition of “first water” held a different meaning back then. Today, the phrase simply means to be the first angler to present his offering in the most likely holding water to rested fish. When I started, the drift boat phenomenon had not made its migration from the Westcoast to the Great Lakes, so most steelheaders resorted to...

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The Inside Edge on In-Line Planer Boards by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411)

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The Inside Edge on In-Line Planer Boards by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411)

Not so long ago fishing with an in-line planer board was considered a novelty among serious Great Lakes anglers. Back in the days when in-line boards were just starting to pop up on the Great Lakes scene, most open water anglers were already well versed in the art of board trolling. With the help of a mast and retrieval reel system, a pair of dual boards, tether lines, and a truckload of line releases, anglers could literally saturate the water column with fishing baits! The traditional planer board and mast set up is a fish harvesting system second to none in...

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"Pop" Goes the Walleye by Dave Mass

Lake Erie Lake Huron Walleye Walleye Fishing

"Pop" Goes the Walleye by Dave Mass

  While it’s true that local knowledge of a fishery is usually tough to beat for filling your live well, at times a fresh set of eyes can see opportunities to improve upon tried-and-true angling techniques. Case in point: Downriggers have been used to target deep-water walleyes on Lake Erie for decades, and while modifications to standard downrigger methods have certainly surfaced over time, anglers are still often frustrated by walleyes that simply won’t strike. When Great Lakes walleyes are aggressive, seemingly everyone on the lake is catching them using a wide variety of techniques. When walleyes are negative, it’s...

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