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Hook Tips For Lake Trout Trips

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When surface temperatures cool to somewhere in the vicinity of the 60°F mark in fall, lake trout begin staging around… more »


Walking A Tight Llne For Steelhead

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Notice how red the tag alder is? Mornings have been cold, but the afternoon sun is activating plant growth, creating… more »


Dancing With The Chocolate Beast (High Water In Steelhead Country)

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Rivers are climbing over their banks and invading our forests at the behest of the Chocolate Beast. The Beast comes… more »


Steelhead: 5 Reasons For Floats Early

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Reason #1: Scenes like this one. Releasing multiple silver dynamos like this girl, fresh from the big water, is all… more »


Twist-Free Bluegills (On Ice)

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Fishing vertically with light line and light jigs  creates line twist. Right? You reel in, the jig spins. You drop… more »

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Bluegills Crave That Quiver Thing

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Bluegills exhibit exotic and varied color schemes. Never ceases to amaze me how many different patterns can be seen in… more »


Clock Ticking Down On Late-Ice Bluegills

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Looking at my photo library and fishing logs from last year at this time, I see we were running the… more »


How Fast Is A Steelhead?

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Not a big specimen, by anyone’s standards, but look how pristine and healthy she is. Steelhead from Lake Superior seldom… more »


A River Too Far

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This shot was taken about 24 hours ago, as I write this on April 24. We ventured up to the… more »


When Winter Ignores The Exit Cue

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April is two thirds gone and we just received 12 inches of fresh snow overnight. That storm came on the… more »


A Window For Stream Brown Trout

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Frost covers the ground before day break. A history of air temperatures and the recent disappearance of snow tells the… more »


Steelhead And That Color Thing

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Trails are slick, dangerous ribbons of hard ice, packed into place by the passage of deer throughout the winter. Snow… more »


Rapala Signs On Against Pebble Mine

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  Rapala issued a statement today: “Alaska’s Nushagak River system holds the largest run of king salmon on the planet…. more »


Magical Mystery Trout Tour: First Stop—Niagara Steelhead

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  Somewhere on a tributary of the Great Lakes, snow builds on the horizontal branches of phantom trees, not to… more »


Rigging Up For Ice-Bound Steelhead

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The rod is already engaged with a wild steelhead by the time you’re able to grab it. Reeling the tip… more »


FoodSaver Game Recipe Contest

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We interrupt this stream of steelhead consciousness to bring you salmon Jamaican style. Mon. (The promised presentation piece will appear… more »

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Pike Travel: Three Days Of Teeth

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Swimming in Great Slave is definitely not advisable. We completed our 3-day tour of the many dozens of interconnected bays… more »

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New Sinkerizer App From Water Gremlin

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We take sinkers for granted sometimes. In the magazine business, we seldom get the opportunity to address weighting systems in… more »


John Merwin, 1946-2013

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The last time I saw John, we were somewhere on Lake Powell. We were attending one of those outdoor-writer junkets,… more »


The Tooth Parade

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That’s Shoggie out there, tentatively pulling in Dacron by hand, feeling for tension. As soon as he feels anything, he’s… more »

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