Trout & Steelhead | How To Locate & Catch Them In A River

Trout & Steelhead | How To Locate & Catch Them In A River


[Music] Jeff blood is an experienced nymph
fisherman who loves to angle for steelhead in the tributaries of Lake
Ontario and Lake Erie. He’s also the creator of some unique products for
Gamma Technologies – makers of Frog Hair Products. One of these products is strike
indicators. We joined Jeff on a Pennsylvania River where he explained a
little bow rigging options, how to use the indicators, and most importantly how
to detect a strike using them. Jeff could you explain a little bit about how we’re
fishing here, why you know why we’re fishing here you know in terms of where
the steelhead or line, and the rig that you’ve got set up. ‘Cause this is really
important we’ve talked a lot in the car on the way here about presentation you
get articular a little bit about that. Yes well first of all you want to locate
the water that the steelhead like to lie in and what I do as far as the stream is
all quadrant it off and I’ll fish close to me like I’m fishing right here in
front of me and I’m then going to just keep working it out if you noticed I
went a few more feet out farther I hit the bottom right there and want to bring that through most of the
pool see if we can locate some fish. Now as far as my rig it’s just it’s a rig
that I fish almost everywhere. It’s the nine and a half foot leader… It’s the two fly rig with a split shot… about 18 inches above it and the
indicator I almost always have up at the tip of the fly line. And that’s because I want to get the fly to the bottom before I start to feel
anything and I need you need to have a little bit of length into the leader.
There’s a lot of structure that I can feel out there right now because I do
have a lot of weight so I’m I’m feeling the bottom as well as watching the
indicator at the same time. What I’m looking for is any anything that doesn’t
look natural and you know if you look at it from a practical point of view when
you throw anything on to moving water it should float naturally with that current
and your indicator should float natural. Now if you see a pause or hesitation
of any type -With Steelhead a little bit of a twitch because there are big
fish but they aren’t real aggressive in their strikes and most of the time what
happens is a fly just comes down onto their mouth and they open their mouth
and inhale it. it’s actually real subtle. And so it’s just anything
that doesn’t look natural and that’s the biggest mistake that a lot of fishermen
make is they don’t strike when you’re actually getting fish taking a line and
therefore they don’t hook up and they have a less productive day of fishing. I think we talked about this before that your rule of thumb is if there’s any doubt
at all you’ve got a little flick of the wrist just… Exactly and when I’m teaching
young kids you know eight to ten years old to fish they’re better students than
the most adults because you’ll tell them to always strike when the
indicator does something that doesn’t look normal and they do that they strike
and they catch more fish oftentimes when the adults do. Because the adults
overthinking and saying well no that was bottom or it was a different type of or
something other than a fish. Okay Colin, if you notice what I’m doing here is I’m
stepping forward into the stream and the reason I’m doing that comes back to that
grid approach to the stream where you quadrant it off and now we’re trying to
just reach across the current and fish the other side of the pool with a nice
natural drip and… the way this pool is right now and the way the water is
flowing the fish are probably going to be lying if they’re up here at this high
over along that seam that’s on the other side of the bank Ya, there’ll be some nice
current breaks in there. Yes.and that seam right there where I’m into now.. is, if there’s fish in here probably where they’re going to be line maybe just a
little closer. (okay) If you stand back and you make the cast from 10 feet back what
you do is you diminish your ability to throw a natural drift. A really good
caster can good fisherman but what you’re now contending with more water
more distance there’s drag in this water down here in front of you as you’re
fishing – if your lines down on the water like that you just create instant drag
which is then makes your presentation a lot more… a lot less natural than it
needs to be to get the fish to take it. You know there are ledges in the bottom
of these streams if you’ve never fished before you need to learn where those
ledges are because that’s where the fish have a tendency to hold. They feel safer,
there’s normally some type of slower impact of the water right there is it’s
as it’s coming down and and doesn’t tire that fish as much. So I have fished this
pool pretty good and we haven’t hooked anything up. And as you know there are a
lot of fish in the water so normally if I make 10 or 15 casts and I don’t detect
a fish in there I move on to the next pool which is what I think we ought to
do Colin (okay) Now do one of the things we’re here at the head we’ve got somebody in the middle if you find the tail the pools are good environments to
check? Yes they are. The tail little pools are good or we might just step
here another 15 or 20 feet before we leave the pool and you know proper
etiquette says we give this fisherman enough space so that we don’t infringe
on his pleasure for the day. Nice fish Jeff. See I knew they were
going to be here just a matter of where Now in terms of your strike indicator what
did you see? Hesitation a little slight… (pull)Actually I pulled that fish because the
current so fast out there I felt the fish strike. Oh really? (yeah) So
they came probably into the faster water to grab it (yeah) some slack water. Exactly. Want me to tail that for you? No I can handle it here. (ok)I’m just gonna …it’s not a very big fish he’s got both of my hooks in him. Here, you want my forceps? (oops) Beautiful colors huh? Ya, he’s all tangled up here… Okay… You need this? That’s the one he took… Jesus.. got…almost put that in his eye… Very fat fish eh? (healthy aren’t they) This is one of
the things that happens though they roll and get the line around them. There you go… There he goes. Outstanding. He hammered that fly right there. Go ahead Colin and show me how to do it…

3 thoughts on “Trout & Steelhead | How To Locate & Catch Them In A River

  1. Im new to fly fishing and im targeting steelhead in northeast ohio and i was just wondering if i bought a pree tied tapered leader do i tie the egg pattern on the end of the leader then add tippet too tie on the the zonker. Or would i just cut the premade leader were i would place the egg then retie the rest and then add the zonker. It wold be great to hear back and get some more awsome tips

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