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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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How to Hot-Wire a King Salmon by Matt Straw

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How to Hot-Wire a King Salmon by Matt Straw

In recent years we learned king salmon range deeper in the water column than ever before believed.  Spooky kings commonly descend right to the bottom in depths of 700 feet or more in the clearing waters of the Great Lakes, according to a tracking study conducted by US Geological Survey biologists. Such extreme depths are difficult to access without specialized equipment. In the more commonly targeted depths of 60 to 160 feet, wire line helps you catch more kings than ever before—even with no downriggers on board. But technological advances in wire line and gear allow anglers to get down...

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Custom Pluggin’ by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

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Custom Pluggin’ by Mark Romanack (Fishing 411 TV)

I’m just old enough that wooden and plastic hard baits that wobble will forever be called “plugs” in my play book. The modern name of “crankbait” has become the mainstream lingo used among hardcore fishermen. No matter what an angler calls these lures—plugs or crankbaits—this class of fishing lure has become legendary for the ability to catch literally everything that swims. Pike, musky, bass, walleye, trout, salmon and even panfish slurp up these body baits with reckless abandon. Right out of the package plugs are “fishy” lures and for the most part don’t need a lot of special attention. The...

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Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

Rivers & Lakes Tackle Walleye Walleye Fishing

Trolling Plastics and Hair for Walleye By Matt Straw

 The transom slaps into the waves with rhythmic percussion. The light rods load slightly, their soft arcs reaching out over the water. At the tip, the line takes a right angle, pointing back into the gentle chop behind the slowly progressing boat. Somewhere back there, a long, slender hair jig and a realistic, minnow-imitating plastic body progress slowly along, undulating with the rise-and-fall of the boat. Backtrolling allows each wave to slow or sometimes stop the boat, and the baits angle slowly toward bottom, tails fluttering. On each turn the outside baits rise and accelerate, while the inside baits parachute...

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