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scifisher

Need help with Steelies and Salmon

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Hi All;

I've been fishing steelies and salmon in rivers near my home up in Superior WI for about three years. I usually wade or fish from shore and the rivers I fish are small to medium sized. I pretty much have a good spinner presentation down and practiced so that it works when the conditions are right. What I'm looking for is a few more presentations to practice so I can add to my bag of tricks. I would like to know how people fish floats for these fish. How about spawn? Flatfish? What are those anyway? Anything else? Also, what conditions are these techniques tailored for?

Thanks alot

Scifisher

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Scifisher - I have used the float method for steelhead(and for stream trout) for a number of years.My basic set up consists of a 9ft light action rod(Cabela's Zander Rod,Ugly-Stick 9ft LIGHT Down/rigger Rod),a good reel spooled with 3-6lb test,and a pencil float(fixed or slip).Set your leader from your float to the depth of the water your fishing(if your not hanging up on the bottom once in a while-your not deep enough).Stagger 2-4 split shot on your leader
to the point that your float will slide underwater with any resistance.Tie on a jig(1/64 or smaller,spawn sac,Tied flies and nymphs,etc.Some fishermen coat their lines with fly line dressing so not to have any drag on their floats - I just try and keep my rod high and little loose line to the float.A couple of sites where you may gain additional knowledge:are www.fishontario.com(Steelhead Articles) and www.fishontario.org(Steelhead-Message board)

Good Luck - Good Fishing

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