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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Secrets to become the Bruce Lee of Steelhead Float Fishing



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TOP 5 secrets to become the BRUCE LEE of Float Fishing.

1.)   Pay attention to your Float and the drift itself. If your Float is ticking that means you’re too deep. Reel in and adjust your float. Only a few inches at a time. Most steelhead are only 6-8 inches off the bottom.

Pay attention to your float is it facing up stream or down? Your float is telling you what your offering is doing underwater. It should ride straight up and down. The bait has to be moving at the right speed. If it’s moving too fast and at the wrong current speed = no bites. You may have to switch to a bigger float and add more shot to slow your presentation down. I cannot stress this enough pay attention to your drift and float.




2.)   Watch your line and mend often if need be. If your line is going ahead of your float you need to mend it and slow that presentation down. Again current speed is crucial to getting bit. The fish know how fast that meal should be moving down the river. Especially on pressured fish and waters. Consider using a floating or High Buoyant type of mono line.

Today’s angler has many choices these days. Just to name a few. I like Raven, Siglon F, Blood Run Tackle Floating Mono and Pline’s Hydrofloat. These lines are super easy to mend because they either float or feature high buoyancy and cause the line to ride high in the water column. So when you mend your line, this means less disturbance to the bait, fly or lure.

They also come in some cool colors which makes it easier to see in the water. Thus making line management very easy. By keeping the line behind the float instead of ahead of it, will result in more fish caught by the end of the day.
If you’re a die hard mono person and if you’re not willing to try some of these new super float fishing lines. Get yourself some fly float ant paste and add that to your line above the float.




3.)   Depth is so crucial. Steelhead always tends to be near the bottom. The bottom is the sweet spot, remember that. If your bait is not in the strike zone = a missed opportunity. A lot of guys are worried about snagging bottom. Well here is the bottom line. The angler that loses the most hooks, flies or jigs is the guy that catches the most fish. Why because the bait, fly or lure is where the fish are. Hands down the float fisherman can be deadly in a variety of situations and deliver many different offering with results.



      4.) Always check the water clarity before deciding what you colors and sizes you’re going to use. If the water is low and clear than you should use smaller spawn sacs and jigs in pale colors. If the water is dirty then use bigger bags and baits with brighter colors. Do not be afraid to experiment with different colors and sizes. Water clarity is extremely important to the steelhead fisherman. If the fish can’t see it or smell it it’s hard to be successful. Do not leave a well-known run that holds fish normally without trying something different. These fish can be very color conscious or fussy.


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      5.) Bait quality is actually another overlooked item I think by a lot of anglers, even seasoned guys. You will spend thousands on rods, reels, tackle, clothes and equipment. Be it minnows, spawn or roe and even wax worms. The most popular bait for the float fisherman is spawn. But I have seen some guys use old and nasty spawn for bait. Always use either fresh or cured spawn that was handled and stored correctly. 



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Friday, April 10, 2015

Steelhead and Gravel

After seeing a post in a fishing forum, I was inspired to write this post simply to educate some on spawning. The young man did not even understand what the fish were doing or what the term drop back fish meant?

Its that time of year when Spring consistently has rising tributary temperatures (into the 40-58 degree F range) and the longer photo-periods in late winter and early spring (March-May) activate the steelhead (many of which have been here all winter) to move onto the spawning gravel. 

Also with these higher temps it starts sending signals to new fish to move up the river and spawn on the gravel. This is the time we should leave those fish alone and let mother nature take its course. You should concentrate on the voracious eating “drop-back” steelhead. This is one of my most favorite times of the year. The fish are very hungry and will hit anything. 

Until the water temps get too warm (May-June/high 60’s and above) at which point steelhead head back to the Big Lake's to return again to the river someday. After the past 2 winters here in the Great Lakes I have no doubt spawning will be taking place into the month of May/June on certain rivers and parts of the region.

I have so much respect and love for the worlds greatest game fish, the steelhead. Even the hatchery fish, please let them spawn and leave them be. In Michigan natural reproduction is low in many of our rivers but it does occur and we need those wild fish. Every fishery does.

We caught 2 fish last week with flies and hooks impaled in them. This makes me sick and I see it every year actually. So leave gravel alone this time of year and fish the holes behind the gravel and you will be rewarded with a legitimate bite and fish. 

Be good to the fishery and it will be good to you.

May your landing nets always be heavy my friends.

Fish On!



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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Rollercoaster Steelhead





This weekend was a prime example on how weather can affect fishing. The photo below shows how fronts can affect the bite sometimes good and sometimes bad. Below is a chart of the barometric pressure from this weekend taken on my iPhone.

I try to avoid fishing in extremely low pressure (anything under 29.50) or High pressure situations (over 30.10). Low or High pressure or up and down swings can put the bite off for extended periods of time. Especially during the winter time when fishing for Steelhead. If you ever get calm stable weather these periods are the best. No matter what you fish for?

The fish will be in a co-operative mood with stable barometric pressure my favorite is 29.90 to 30.05. This means FISH ON! Hence why the plug fishing bite is a go too pattern for me during unstable pressure periods. I actually force them to bite on those days by invading their space in the run. Are you picking up on this nugget of info I'm laying down here?

Steelhead can be finicky but catch able even in bad weather. 
I still managed to put in a few Steelhead in the net this weekend. Why because the water temps are finally trending upwards here in the Great Lakes and we are FINALLY getting FRESH FISH to show up! 

If this weekend would have happened during the winter and the water temp was in the lower end of 32 degrees it would have been really tough to get bit.

The moral of the story pay attention to the barometric pressures and get the app for your phone. So many out there too choose from for the Droid and iPhone users.

Hang tough and put your time in, sometimes you can always find a few players willing to play the game.

Thanks so much for your continued support. 

May your landing nets always be heavy my Steelhead Friends!





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