Before you groan and say “Oh another I am so thankful for” post just hear me out.
Thanksgiving for me is the ending of one season and the start of another. Granted this year the holiday came a little later and the weather screwed things up but usually It’s around Thanksgiving that the boat is put away. Of course in my case the boat was actually put away in August but you get the picture. By now the water temp is to cold to make anymore trips for walleye. The bright side is that when the walleye end, Steelhead begins.
Last year I never got a chance to go steelhead fishing. Mother Nature was a Class A Bitch last year and she screwed up everything. This year is supposed to be below average in temps again and based on what we have had so far I believe it. I shouldn’t complain though. At least I don’t fish in Buffalo. This year things are going to be different. I learned how to swing cast or spey cast, whatever you want to call it and I also spent 2 days learning how to catch Steelhead on the fly. I have some jigs and flies tied up now all I have to do is put it into practice. I hope to get out at least once in December either on the Pere Marquette or AuSable. I’ll start watching the flow rates now that deer hunting is essentially over for me. I’m not expecting a lot of fish but just one or two would be nice. I don’t intend on keeping any of them. I have never been a big fan of salmon or Steelhead so this is going to be a Catch, Photo, Release thing (next thing you know I’ll be bass fishing…….Shudder).
I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving. Stay tuned, I’m putting the finishing wraps on a requested lure selection article. I’m just cleaning it up now so it should be posted in the next week. Just in time for Christmas shopping or those cold boring weekend days when a trip to the tackle shop seems like a good idea.