Winter Steelhead in the Great Lakes, by Pete Humphreys

Winter steel in the Great Lakes.

As the magic of fall approaches – my favorite season, the summer days melt away like the snowfall in spring, it marks the changing from the summer swelter to cool crisp autumn. As the trees change their cloaks of green for the brown and red colors of the fall, Michigan spey guys are gearing up for the fall migrations of Salmon and Steelhead into the many tributaries of the Great Lakes, etching their way across the state like the veins on a drinkers nose. The ultimate fly fishing experience is catching the fall run Steelhead. They are a noble species, out classing their Salmonoid counterpart, and unlike the Chinook salmon, they are not here on the spawning run which is why they are so special and eager to snap at our swung flies. No one really knows why they come in the fall as they spawn in April. It could be food source, water temps, moon phase – the list goes on. The first fish make the run in September, with great fishing up till the end of November and into early December. Prime time for the hottest action would be late October/early November. As the winter chill tightens its grip, the run of fresh fish slows down, but new ones continue to trickle up the rivers to join the hold over steelhead. We have exciting opportunities to peruse these fish all winter on swung flies and it’s a season that is often overlooked.
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RIO Releases New Euro Nymph Line

RIO Products Releases Its Euro Nymph Line

February 3, 2013 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – RIO Products, industry-leading manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, continues to keep pace with industry trends by introducing its Euro Nymph line. The line is designed for all short line European nymphing techniques, including French, Czech, Polish, and Spanish styles.
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Crooked Island, by Capt. Sarah Gardner

Capt. Sarah Gardner and Brian Horsley just returned from a bonefish jaunt on Crooked Island. In this weeks video blog, check out some fun bonefishing footage from some place much warmer than most of the country right now!
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Fishing the Drop-off, by Brian Chan

Life is pretty simple for trout and char living in productive stillwaters. Ideal habitat consists of access to easily available food sources which are in close proximity to the protection of deeper water. The drop-off area offers both, which in the end, benefits trout by conserving their energy for other life activities. Biologically, the drop-off includes the area from the edge of the shoal or littoral zone to the start of the deepwater zone. It is the transition area that is sloping off to the deepest parts of the lake. It is the last zone of habitat that is under the influence of the sun and the benefits of photosynthesis. Drop-offs can range from long, gradually deepening slopes to short, abrupt almost cliff-like drops to deep water. The deepest edges of drop-offs would be up to 25 feet in depth.
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Florida Largemouth and Franken-Bass, by Jon B. Cave

When it comes to flyfishing for largemouth bass, Florida arguably offers the best opportunities in the world. The overwhelming majority of the largemouth population in the State is the Florida subspecies (Micropterus floridanus). One of their predominant characteristics is the ability to attain a greater size than other varieties of black bass. Ten-pounders are caught with regularity and specimens weighing over 15 pounds are reported from time to time. There are also established populations of the northern strain of bass (Micropterus salmoides), but they don’t grow quite as large as their cousins to the south although some anglers consider salmoides to be more aggressive.
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New Addition to the OutBound Short Family

RIO Products Adds to its Popular OutBound Short Series of Fly Lines

January 2, 2013 (Idaho Falls, Idaho) – RIO Products, industry-leading manufacturer of fly lines, leaders and tippet material, augments its ultra-powerful, easy casting OutBound Short series with a new, slow sinking line to give anglers plenty of options at their fingertips.
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