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Monday, August 17, 2015

El Nino Steelhead

El Ni·ño
el ˈnēnyō/
1.   an irregularly occurring and complex series of climatic changes affecting the equatorial Pacific region and beyond every few years, characterized by the appearance of unusually warm, nutrient-poor water off northern Peru and Ecuador, typically in late December.

El Nino is an abnormal weather pattern that is caused by the warming of the Pacific Ocean near the equator, off the coast of South America. Every few years, the winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual.

We had the worst El Nino in 1997-98 and things are already shaping up to be the strongest on record. Now this will have many effects around the country depending on what part of the country you live in. This post is going to be concentrating on the Great Lakes Region and what effects it will have on our upcoming winter. This years is nicknamed Bruce Lee.

If history repeats itself the Great Lakes Region will experience a warmer winter and less snowfall this year in 2015 and 16. After the past two winters of 2013 and 14 that is a welcomed sight for the Steelhead Fisherman. We saw rivers that were actually froze up and  not fishable for months. This all sounds like good news for us but others around the country will not like the effects.

Most of Lower Michigan will have a 40% chance temperatures will be warmer than normal. That also means that there is only a 33% chance of normal Temps. Along with a 27% chance of below normal Temps. Believe it or not the farther North and West you go here in Michigan I predict warmer temps this year.

Don't believe me look up the El Nino Winters of 1972-73, 82-83 and 97-98. Those winters averaged 32.5-33.9 degrees above freezing. That's music to the winter steelheaders ears. To be honest it's up to God and Mother Nature.

Only time will tell this coming winter on my predictions, but if I'm right remember you heard it here first. If I'm wrong take me off your Christmas Card list, ha-ha. 

Feel free to comment and share. 

Take care everyone and thanks for your support.

Get out on the water and enjoy yourself the salmon are running!

Winter Warm Regards!

My next seminar will be September 1st

Join me September 1st will be discussing curing, float and 

plug fishing techniques for River Salmon. Open to all at no 

charge. Location will be the Livonia Senior Center, Southeast

Corner of Farmington and Five Mile Roads. 

15218 Farmington Rd. Livonia, MI 48154 at 7:00 PM.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Don't believe scent is important, better think again?

Today’s post is for the Terminal Tackle Steelhead and Salmon angler and it was inspired from a discussion on my fishing forum page. I could not believe there were a few who were skeptical about using scents and if it really played a role in there fishing success. The Skamania Run is underway and the river Salmon fishing is just around the corner. So let's get ready to wack some fish!

For me I would not even go fishing if I did not have my scents. I have seen it make all the difference in the world on getting bit some days. So instead doing a step by step instructions on cures and dyes, lets talk some Olfaction science and how it can affect your catch ratio.

Ol – fac – tion


The action or capacity of smelling; the sense of smell 

As many fisherman will tell you, they think fish are very sensitive to odors, particularly the scent of their predators and food. A Canadian study, where a nearly homeopathic solution containing one part of human skin dissolved in 80 billion parts of water was dumped into a river. The scent from this solution in the experiment was sufficient enough to stop a migrating salmon for as long as a half hour dead in there tracks. 

I believe that olfaction plays a crucial role in the day to day life cycle of all fish. They rely on scent for nearly every aspect of their lives, from locating food to avoiding predators. They travel hundreds or even thousands of miles during their lifetimes and rely upon their discerning sense of smell and the magnetic fields to bring them home again.

It’s a proven fact fish can detect odors as low as parts per billion. That’s not an opinion of mine, that’s a scientific fact. That last sentence alone should get you re-thinking your scent game this fall on the river.

I put scents on all my plugs as well. This fish was taken on a Yakima Mag Lip 3.5 in Coppermine using Pautzke Gel Krill. This Big Buck could not resist.

I even add the krill powder to all my skeins, eggs and shrimp. Below is some shrimp I colored up for a Skamania Pier fishing trip. I love to use Pautzke Fire Brine, Pautzke Nectar with Pautzke Firepower Krill Powder shaken on the baits.

By using Half Fire Brine and Half Nectar I'm able to  achieve that bubble gum pink that Steelhead LOVE! After its in the water for awhile it milks out just enough to achieve that perfect muted pink. 



When I cure or tie up baits I always wear rubber gloves. I like to keep human scent to a minimum. Another factoid for you is when you touch things you leave behind amino acid serine. Well known fishy dudes in the industry refer to this as this as "the serine problem". Fish smell something not normal or not natural could cause you not to be bit. I also like to wear them when floating skein for Kings to prevent my hands and fingers from being died red or orange. These gloves will not keep your hands warm during the late fall or winter. But they sure will keep them dry. More importantly keep the serine off yours baits or lures. Pay attention ice fisherman that's a nugget for you too. 

Pay attention Great Lakes the West Coast has been schooling us for years in this stuff. After all where do you think our fish came from? All of my baits whether plugs, bags or skein get the scent treatment. Now when the Steelhead Spirits are willing and the bite is on, it's on and may not make a difference. But someday's it can make all the difference in the world I promise. People spend thousands on gear, clothing, tackle, lodging and fuel just to name a few. But won't invest a little extra money and care on a very over looked factor YOUR OWN HUMAN SCENT! Please give some of these tip's and Pautzke's a try on your baits this season. Let me just say it now. 


 Women will love your new FISH COLOGNE!

Stationary Bobber Rig For Pier Skams


You’ll need to start by sweating some green onions and mushrooms, to which you will then add a handful of chopped macadamia nuts. Now I chose to use macadamia nuts because I really like their subtle, creamy flavor and the intense crunchiness that they have to them, but if you don’t have any on hand, I take it any other nut would do the trick and would also confer its own personality to the dish.
Chopped spinach then goes into the pan and is given a few seconds to wilt…before the shrimps join the party and are also given a few seconds in the heat of things, just until they turn pink and opaque.
The stuffing is then given a few minutes to cool down, then mayo gets added to it. You will then need to help it find its way down the “pockets” that you’ve carefully carved in the salmon fillets.
Of course, that alone wouldn’t be enough stuffing for my taste, so you need to mound more on top of the fillet! It looks so much better that way, too!
The fillets then go in a scorching hot pan, skin side down, for about a minute, just to sear the skin nice and good. You’d be surprised how much personality this simple precaution gives to the dish! The skin becomes so crispy and SO tasty. Think chicken skin is yummy? Just wait ’til you tasted this!
After about a minute, you need to lower the heat, put a lid on and let your fish cook for 5-8 minutes, until the meat turns opaque. If you like your salmon to remain a bit on the rare side, do not go over that 5 minute mark! The fish then gets transferred to the oven where it will spend a few more minutes under the broiler, just until the stuffing starts to bubble and turns a beautiful golden brown.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Manistee River Clean Up

Don't forget everyone that lives here in Michigan, the Manistee River Clean Up is this Saturday July 11th. We have a bunch of prizes from some awesome companies to give away to the volunteers. We also will feed you lunch and provide a T-shirt courtesy of the MUCC. Please consider coming out for this important event. Below is a list of amazing companies who have donated to this event.

Napa Auto Parts

Hank and Sons 

Smith Optics
Daves Tangle Free Weights

Great Lakes Steelhead Company

Bloodrun Tackle 

Stealthcraft Boats


Boca Bearings


Chrome Identity

Jays Sporting Goods

Another Limit Guide Service

Lick'em Lures

Steelhead Manifesto
For people that may be driving a ways to help. Hank and Sons Bait Tackle does have some room for camping at their place. This is limited space so give them a call for availability. The Manistee River is Michigan most pressured river and needs our help. Take care of our river’s, so they may take care of you. Thanks again to everyone and see you on Saturday.

PLEASE Sign up and register below to volunteer for wildlife!




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