The allure of migratory fish in Great Lake’s Tributary Streams continues to grow in the fly fishing community. They are big fish that put a big bend in the rod.
By all accounts, Great lakes Steelhead and salmon are trophy fish and provide anglers with opportunity for and addiction that will last a lifetime.
While steelhead can provide and angler with their best days on the water they can equally provide the most frustrating. Our one-day seminar will provide you with an arsenal of tactics and hands-on experience to embark on epic steelhead adventures throughout the Great Lakes Region.
What you can expect to learn:
- How to read the water and identify holding lies, spawning areas and pinch/choke points.
- Various presentation methods for both 1-hand and 2-handed (spey/switch) rods, including indicator fishing and swinging wet flies (with and without sink tips).
- Beginner and advanced line manipulation and mending techniques to control swing and drift speed
- Site fishing tactics
- How to fish with a spotter
- Combat Fishing and how to successfully deal with crowds and angling pressure
- Fly selection, uses and tying recommendations
- How to fight, land and net fish successfully
- Scouting techniques and methods
- Tactical strategies for both shallow Wisconsin waters and large Michigan Rivers
- Knots and rigging methods for various presentations
- Using USGS stream flow data to improve fishing success
- Spey basics; Scandi vs Skagit styles, tips, casting and selections for various rivers in Wisconsin and Michigan
What you need to bring:
- Rods, flies and leader material will all be provided. You can bring your own rod(s) – a 9-foot, 8-wt single hand rod or 10-foot 7/8 switch rod is recommended.
- Polarized sunglasses are a must.
- Waders /boots.
- Lunch is not provided so please bring one.
- A wading staff or walking stick is recommended for anglers that need assistance on steep river banks and very uneven/rocky stream bottoms.
- Camera and notepad.
Classes are held on the Root River in Racine, Wisconsin because the run is thick, concentrated and occurs in relatively shallow water — which provides a great visual learning environment.
The class runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost $225 for one person and $75 for each additional angler (maximum 3 anglers). $100 non-refundable deposit (can be used for any re-scheduled class).
The steelhead class runs from March 1st through April 30th — call 815-341-9609 today, to reserve class space.
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