A new edition is out from our friends in SE MN and Iowa, including articles on Aquatic Insects, Habitat Improvement, and, of course, a fishing report!
Melissa Wagner of the MN DNR gave a great talk at our chapter meeting last night. If you missed it, you can catch a recording on our YouTube Channel. Don't forget to subscribe to the channel!
by David Lundeen
Three years of consistent low water has brought about challenging steelhead conditions for all anglers. For me, old stand-by tactics and spots have not produced as well as in years past. However, adapting trout Euro-Nymphing tactics for steelhead has proven to be a valuable and effective tactic to catch steelhead in these new normal conditions. While it might seem an exotic and difficult approach, it is highly accessible and affordable to anglers of all skill levels.
To be clear, when I refer to Euro-Nymphing I am referring to the term and tactics as conventionally understood in the standard trout world. This means long rods, thin running line, long monofilament leaders and short drifts. Furthermore, I am not referring to the Chuck ‘N’ Duck style of steelhead fishing, though it is very effective and similar to Euro-Nymphing in that it is basically a tight-line approach. For the intent of this article I will refer only to the former. The remainder of this article will cover the principles of Euro-Nymphing as they apply to Great Lakes Steelhead.
Greetings from your TCTU Streamkeepers.
Our TCTU efforts in stream monitoring are part of a much larger “crowdsourcing” effort in the driftless area. According to Dan Dauwalter from Trout Unlimited, we now have over 1,060 observations made using the WiseH2O mobile app in and around the Driftless Area. Below you will find the recent ‘2022 Activities Report’ that outlines the activity around the program through 2022.
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