Sunday, January 15, 2012

Winter Steelheading 1.15.11

Single digit temps this morning when Berk and I arrived to the river.  It definitely felt like winter after such a mild start to the winter steelheading season.  For the first time in about 10 years I threw in a couple plug rods, just in case my office paws couldn't handle the cold.  This chrome hen just slammed a hot.n.tot as I was warming up with a bowl of chili for lunch...bonus!  Explored some new water and hit four more steelhead on my float rod.  Two of them came from some sweet looking water that I will be dredging with flashy streamers during the next warm up.  With dime bright fish like this in the rivers, steelheading should remain strong all winter long!

5 comments:

  1. Nice pic AO. Can't believe you were throwing hard baits around, but the result speaks for its self. Nice work! Still waiting for some hard water around here...

    RexMan

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  2. Thanks guys!

    Plugs are not nearly as exciting as swinging flies Rexman. But the rivers down here are big, deep, and typically off color. The fish will still take a fly, but reading the water is very difficult. You don't know if its 3 feet deep or 13 until you fish it. Much different from our pristine northern michigan rivers. I have found some sweet little fly fishing spots though!

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