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Cranking Winter Steel by Matt Straw

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Cranking Winter Steel by Matt Straw

After years in the wide-open Great Lakes, steelhead suddenly run upstream. The walls close in. Steelhead are jacked up on speed as it is, but just being in a river is enough to drive them up the phobia scale. Hit one with a hardbait bristling with trebles and waders better be strapped on tight. Kevin Morlock of Indigo Guide Service knows a thing or two about cranking salmonids. Travel any big river in West Michigan during the height of the salmon run and you’ll see cranks dangling from spinning rods designed for pitching on almost every jet and drift boat....

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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

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The Winter Fishing Lay-Off by Tony Ensalaco

Baby, it’s cold outside! And just when the fall steelhead fishing started to heat up for you, mother nature has other plans. She decides to send an arctic blast over the fishing grounds, completely shutting down the hot action that you have been recently enjoying. Then she decides to deposit a foot or more of snow a day or two before your next scheduled trip. It gets worse. The forecast will be calling for sub-freezing weather for the following two weeks. The cold spell will surely drop the river to unnervingly low levels which will cause unwanted ice to form,...

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

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Snap (Swivel) Decisions by Capt. Mike Schoonveld

  Multiple choice question: Snap swivels are: A) Important B) Not important C) Useful D) Inexpensive E) All of the above If you answered all of the above, you guessed the answer I would choose, but there are other answers about these remarkable little products I could have listed and still chose “all of the above.” L – R, Duo Lock, Interlock, Cross Lock and Coast Lock. I could have added: “colorful” “strong,” “expensive” or a variety of other possible answers to the question. The correct choice would still be all of the above. It’s surprising how much time many...

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Excerpt from "Spinner Magic" by Jim Bedford

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Excerpt from "Spinner Magic" by Jim Bedford

The weighted spinner could be considered a foreign object in the river. It really doesn’t resemble any living creature. A case can be made that the flash of the blade is similar, at least momentarily, to the flash of a smolt, shiner or other baitfish. Or, perhaps when fished near the bottom, a brass-bladed model faintly resembles a crayfish.  When resident trout are feeding they will still utilize cover most of the time to keep themselves from being eaten and to hide from prey they hope to ambush. I think that a spinner looks alive and arouses the curiosity of trout....

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A New Old USA Lure Back in Town by Mandy DeBuigne

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A New Old USA Lure Back in Town by Mandy DeBuigne

American-made Proven Versatility “There’s a new old lure back in town.”  At least that’s what we say to newer generations of anglers who haven’t heard of, much less used, the Al’s Goldfish lure.  For those of you who do remember the wide tail-wobble and lazy flutter of the Goldfish and are pleased to hear it’s making a comeback, we say “you’re welcome”.  Either way, whether you’re scratching your head on the funny name, or drifting back to sweet memories of another time with a pretty little gold spoon, perhaps introductions are in order.  I’m the owner of Al’s Goldfish Lure...

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