Winter Browns & Steelhead
   As the rivers cool in late fall,, the first of the winter run steelhead will start slipping into the rivers. Many of the early fish are summer run Skamania strain fish that avoided entering the 70f. rivers back in July, and have had several extra months of growth out in Lake Michigan. The Seeforellen browns, a fast growing strain, will also be coming in to spawn in November and December. As long as water temperatures stay above 35f., these fish will be very aggressive, frequently hitting a fly near the surface.
   Many anglers tend to park in one spot, & never move. As long as fish are moving through the area, there will be some action, but there's a more efficient & more effective approach: casting, letting the fly drift & swing, & then taking a step or two downstream & repeating. Rather than waiting for the fish to come to the angler, this presents the fly to every fish in the run.

Swinging a wet fly to cover the water, by stepping downstream between casts.
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Seeforellen browns look and fight like Atlantic salmon
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A December "Summer Run".
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A 15# male that mistook a black marabou for lunch.
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L. Michigan brown trout.
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Exploring for autumn steel.
Photo by Joe Solakian
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