this is my first year fly fishing and i think it would be amazing to catch some fall salmon or steelhead. I've heard of a few rivers to go to in my area that run into the great lakes. The problem is that i have no idea exactly when they run (I've heard this can only be for a week or two), and i have no idea which flies to tie for them. if anyone has any advice it would be greatly appreciated. being able to go fishing for these beasts would be a dream come true.
Kschaefer3 on Aug 27, 2012August 27th, 2012, 10:36 am EDT
Welcome to fly fishing. Be prepared to get addicted very quickly. Especially steelhead. Hook your first and you will never want to stop. I would suggest reading a lot online. There are many great resources to give you an idea of where and how to do it. Start with this:
Also, local shops are a great place. Spend $20 on flies and they will gladly help out with plenty of info to get you started (you won't get their secrets obviously). If you are near Duluth, John at Great Lakes Fly Co. is very knowledgeable and in tune with the area.
I am not all that familiar with the north shore area, but if you have any other questions, feel free to PM me.
Sayfu on Aug 28, 2012August 28th, 2012, 10:10 am EDT
Methods of fishing for steelhead can very greatly. Some pocket water, smaller rivers favor bobber/nymphing, and especially in cold water being the steelhead doesn't move far for an offering. When the water warms to trout like, favorable temps, swing the fly can work better, and covers more water. I prefer swinging flies on a dry line, but the temps have to be favorable.