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Pinning Small Water

Posted on 6 November, 2012 at 7:58 Comments comments (52)
Float fishing with a center pin reel has become one of the hottest ways to fish for steelhead. It's many advantages include precise depth and speed control along with a very natural and long drift. When fishing small streams many people believe there is no advantage for the pin due to the short drifts and shallow water that is commonly found on these waters. This is far from true. 
These smaller waters often have small pools and short runs that are perfect for float fishing.  The pin gives your the advantage of being able to precisely run your bait through each section of these pools and runs. 
You will want to change your setup to match the water you are fishing. One problem with small waters is they often have over hanging trees and brush that can get in the way when fishing with the long rods normally used when pin fishing. There are to options you can choose from to fix this problem. The first is buying a second center pin set up with an eleven and a half foot rod. I like the St. Croix personally. However this is a costly fix especially if you don't fish small waters all that often. The second option is to put your center pin reel on the nine and half to ten and half foot noodle rod you probably already own. This will cut down on the distance you are able to cast but on small streams it is not an issue. 
The other setup change that will need to be made relates to the low clear water you will often be fishing in. The floats you normally fish on larger waters will often be to large. They will either make to much splash when entering the water or will easily be seen by fish due to the short leaders you will be fishing. I recommend get some floats ranging from 4 grams to 2 grams for fishing these streams. This will allow you to fish shorter leaders and cast quietly. 
Don't forget you may want to drop down to 4 pound leader material when the water is low and clear. 

Small Stream Salmon

Posted on 15 October, 2012 at 12:38 Comments comments (19)
People often ask me when is the best time to come to the area to fish the smaller waters for Salmon. I always tell them from Columbus day weekend through the end of October. Some times it is earlier but most years we don't get the needed rain until this time.

These smaller streams are not dam regulated like the Salmon and Oswego rivers therefore if we don't get enough rain the fish stack up in the mouth of the rivers and wait. This presents a whole new chance to fish small streams for Salmon. Some of these streams have public access near the lake but others will require you to get permission from landowners. These waters are often over looked as most anglers focus on the mouth of the Salmon River for estuary fishing.

Once the rain does come these waters fill up with fish. They can be extremely productive first thing in the morning before the sun gets to high and the crowds show up. These waters are often shallower than the bigger waters therefore the fish spook much easier then they would on say the Oswego river.  Fish early and fish with light tackle and you will have a blast. I recommend no heavier than 12 lb. test and I normally don't fish over 10. Make sure you have small split shot with you when the water is low so you don't spook fish or get snagged a lot.