Trout Report North Shore MN – April 17th 2012

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Well the rain up here has made the difference. High murky rivers are running rough. Best fishing is on pools close to the mouths right now, expect things to only get better for the steelhead and brook trout as the week goes on. With snow on the ground it will continue to feed moisture into the rivers.

Colors to use – Chartreuse or Neon Yellow

2012 Trout Opener – North Shore Minnesota – Steelhead Trout – Reports

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Well the 2012 fishing opener for trout in streams on the North Shore in Minnesota is almost upon us. It opens Saturday April 12th, 2012. A favorite that anglers come from all over the world to fish is the Steelhead. Steelhead do a run every spring and to lay their eggs up stream. They funnel into one of the many rivers from Lake Superior. Another run occurs in the fall but the one that seeks the most attention is the spring one.

Anyone who has had the experience of hooking a big Steelhead in a stream knows that few fish fight harder.

Steelhead Trout

Steelhead Trout

I personally am heading up there for my yearly trip on the weekend of the April 20th. I have been doing this trip yearly for almost 15 years and every year I am blown away by the pure beauty and remoteness of the North Shore. It is a land that time forgot. When my friends and I booked this trip, conditions were looking much better for the run. Now that we are approaching next weeks departure, we are looking at low, clear streams which is about the most unfavorable conditions you could ask for when Steelheading.

Ideally we want high flow, mucky waters and violent currents. What triggers the Steelhead ever spring to come in from the Great Lake of Superior is the minerals that start to wash out from streams. Once the Steelhead sense these mineral deposits in the big lake it triggers them to head upstream and lay their eggs or roe.

steelhead roe

steelhead roe

Current stream reports on Lake Superior are as follows. Note that this is only middle North Shore where I fish, Not lower or upper.

• Current water temps are during the day are 40f-47f
• In the past week the Minnesota DNR has reported – 10 Steelhead and 1 Kamaloop caught by interviewing anglers.
• In contrast to that report – the week before April 1st to April 9th – Interviewed Anglers reported – Steelhead – 13, Kamloops – 5, Brook Trout – 3

The info above gives you an idea of how low the water levels have gotten.

Next week before I leave I will be posting more reports along with some new equipment reviews that I will be giving.

The joys of fly rod fishing

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Izaak Walton called fly rod fishing the “contemplative man’s recreation”.

What is flyrod fishing? It involves the use of “flies”, or plastic replicas of small creatures which will attract fish to the lure. The main difference between fly rod fishing and spin-bait fishing is that the weight of the line is what carries the lure through the air, whereas in spin-bait fishing, the weight of the lure is what carries the lure. Fly rod fishing is mostly used to catch bass, salmon, and trout.

Fly rod fishing can be traced back to the second century. It is thought to have originated in the United Kingdom. It developed more and more during the 19th century with more techniques appearing.

As they say, it is all in the wrist. Fly rod fishing is more complex than spin-bait fishing, since it requires you to maneuver the line, instead of the lure.

If you are a beginner to fly rod fishing, it is best to start off with a 5 weight floating line rod, if you are interested in fishing in ponds and streams. You can expect to pay anywhere between $100 to $400 dollars for a new fly rod fishing pole. You may be confused by the amount of types of different lines out there to buy. But no need to get confused- a weight forward line is basically all you need, as a beginner.

What kind of fly or lure should you buy? Mayflies, caddis, dragons, and sow bugs are some of the best ones to try. These are all attractive insects that fish are naturally attracted to, and so they are perfect for your newly found fly rod fishing pole.

So now that you have your fly rod pole and bait, what are some of the best techniques for fly rod fishing? Dry fly fishing is best in streams, while deep swing fishing is best in ponds that become gradually deeper from the edge. You can also try nymph-weighting, which means that your poly yarn indicator will be floating at the surface to warn you of any bites from the fish below on your fly bait.

It’s also important to consider the timing of your fishing. If the water is too hot or too cold, it can make fishing very difficult, whereas if the water is the right temperature, you can sometimes get bite after bite with ease. It is best to not fish if the conditions are not right.

Why do people fly rod fish? Many people testify that it helps them relax and contemplate, as there is a lot of time waiting and standing in the water. The flowing water tends to sooth their nerves and help them feel peaceful. Some people even describe flyrod fishing as a type of meditation. They say it pulls them out of themselves and helps them see the bigger picture in life, beyond their mind and feelings.

Oh, the joys of fly rod fishing! Standing there at the edge of the water draws you into the mysteries waiting below, tempting you and bringing you further out of your everyday life.