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Great Lakes Steelhead

Steelhead or lake run Rainbows are prevalent in the tributaries, creeks and rivers of the Great Lakes with some terrific fly fishing available to both Canadian and US anglers. Tom grew up on the shores of Lake Ontario and loves fishing for these hard fighting fish. During Spring and Fall, these fish come out of the lakes and run up the rivers and these are the times that fly anglers target them. Tom meets up with Jeff Blood on a small stream and they discuss how to find the right water to target these fish in. Having come from a large body of water in the lake into a small stream, Tom explains that pools that contain plenty of structure and shelter are great to target. These fish also like current and will often be found in the main flow rather than in slack water and Jeff proves this instantly catching a nice Steelhead on his indicator rig. Tom finds some nice water below and has a great fight with a hefty Steelhead that took his egg pattern. Tom demonstrates the two main methods for catching Steelhead; dead drifting flies and swinging them and we look at the rigs and flies you'll need to use. Pete Kutcher also shows us two fantastic casts, the Double Spey and the Snap T, which are are perfect when swinging streamers for Steelhead on double handed rods.

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