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With winter steelhead season right around the corner, I thought it would be fun to start a topic where each of us could share a tip or two with the other members.

Without further delay, here's mine:

1) Always work the water close to shore first before wading right in, many times a fish is in close!

2) Ever get frustrated fishing a spin-n-glo when it twists up your leader and mainline?
Try placing a bead on top of the spin-n-glo. Just place it 1/2" or so up the leader and wedge it into place with a piece of toothpick. It will rarely tangle anymore!


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Ok this might seem a litte obvious, but when drifting eggs, change bait as frequently as you can stand. It's a pain to always be changing bait with frozen fingers, but I can't tell you how many times I get hit within the first few casts after putting on new bait. Good Luck!
 

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1. Wear studded boots!
2. If you are fly fishing: get deep, if you are not getting hung up on rocks every once in a while, then you are not deep enough.

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Watch your line when drift fishing... Look for those subtle abnormal movements in you line.

Set the hook on anything that should honor a hook set. No one I know ever on a consistant basis catches a fish when they don't set the hook.

Many times we think we are just bumping along the bottom but while doing this we fail to set the hook on what would have been a fish that is very catchable if we would have just set the hook.

Tight lines & great fishing this winter.
 

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nice...looks like this is a topic most of us can relate to!

Keep the advice & tips coming!

HC

[ 10-29-2003, 03:28 PM: Message edited by: half canuck ]
 

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Learn holding water. If you catch a fish behind a certain submerged rock, keep a mental (or actual) diary. You'll find another one there later. IMHO knowing where to fish is as important or more important than knowing how to fish
 

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Always work the water close to shore really hard in high water. Ordinarily less current that they have to fight. and learn how to retie quickly.

[ 10-29-2003, 03:42 PM: Message edited by: bouyant minnow ]
 

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Here's a tip....now listen up real close! I should wisper this because it's very important.

Take a novice/rookie fishing with you.
In most social settings the rookies have to do something to earn thier place, but must be shown the vocation by the old hands. So, in this case, all rookies should do the driving. And being a rookie, I'll volunteer to be first. Take me on a day fishing one of the north coast rivers, and I'll drive! I'll even go so far as throw in lunch, as long as you don't mind my makins. Since I'm bank bound, I'd love to get a day's mentoring from a bankie, but if you must take me in your boat, so be it :smile:

Anyway...it's just a thought.........
 

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If the drift is short ("pocket water"), make only enough casts to cover the drift- then move on.

I see guys and gals spend 45 minutes in the same hole- when their drift gear has covered all of it 5 or 6 times.

MOVE and find fishies!

--spud-- :smile:
 

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fish the bad casts
 

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When you fish at dark-thirty in the morning or evening use glow-in-the-dark gear. I prefer red but green and blue work well also. If you use a camera flash to charge them DON'T face the water when you flash, turn around and cover the flash up as much as you can or you will scare every fish in the drift out. Plus everyone around you will know you are cracker.
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Carry pre-tied rigs when drift fishing. You'll spend more time in the water where the fish are and less time tying rigs while fishing.
Wrap them around a short piece of foam pipe insulation and they fit right in your vest pocket.
 

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Thanks Grantspastor....if I ever make it down there, I'll take you up on the offer. An if you ever get up this way, look me up

[ 10-29-2003, 04:11 PM: Message edited by: wannacatchem ]
 

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What apeares to be a smolt nibbling,may not be.I've had steelies tap ever so slightly,you realy have to watch the bobber. :smile:
 

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(1) Go fishing. People who fish seem to catch more.

(2) Don't wade in cold water in chest waders with a leaky crotch.

(3) Don't stand shoulder to shoulder with folks unless people are currently catching fish.

(4) Keep smiling even though the newbie above you has crossed your line a couple of times. He'll figure it out eventually.

(5) If its a kid next to you, be on your best behavior. Treat him/her well.
 

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if you can't afford to buy a $5-7k drift boat build one and the trailer too for around $3k and fish from it. needs an exterior paint job.
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Frogpond: Can you explain your "bad casts" post? Do you mean, keep the line in the water even if your cast sucked? :shrug:

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