Great Lakes Steelhead

TFO oval logoBy TFO

Icy guides, numb toes and the occasional tug.

That is steelheading in the Great Lakes this time of year.

For those dedicated swingers and nymphers, that’s what you deal with.

But, the reward for those hours of cast, step, swing, can be great.

The lone steelhead taken on the swing with a Deer Creek Spey rod. ©2013 Nicholas J. Conklin

Here an angler poses with the lone steelhead taken on the swing. Anglers used the Deer Creek Spey rod (14′ 6/7), on floating and intermediate Skagit heads. 
©2013 Nicholas J. Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters.

On a recent holiday trip, Nick Conklin of TFO took to swinging flies in some Lake Michigan tributary’s for steelhead. Despite temps in the mid to low 30s all week a few fish were caught.

Using the Deer Creek Series Spey rod (14′ 6/7), anglers landed both lake run brown trout and steelhead.

The largest brown caught during the week of fishing was a 27″ lake run.

The anglers used a variety of sink tips from T-8 to T-14, and floating and intermediate Skagit heads (560-600 grains).

Flies were typical Great Lakes Spey, tube patterns in blacks, dark purples, blue and copper colored.

The few hits taken while nymphing happened on beads, egg flies and hex wigglers.

A black and blue marabou tube fly illicited the most response by Michigan steelhead. ©Nicholas J. Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters.

A black and blue marabou tube fly elicited the most response by Michigan steelhead.
©Nicholas J. Conklin, Temple Fork Outfitters.

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