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Jig-flies for spring Steelhead.

Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018

I became a believer in fishing small jigs and jig-flies for Steelhead and Great Lakes Brown Trout many years ago after fishing the Upper NY Lake Ontario and Lake Erie tributaries and experiencing outproducing both species by fishing jigs and jig-flies over roe bags.

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When both species are in the lower sections of tributaries, like the first deep, moving water pools, they seem to work especially well. I have caught lots of fresh-run and also dark fish using the same jigs and jig-flies. Later when the regular trout seasons opens and steelhead are further up-stream and holding in shallower water, roe bags and imitation eggs and traditional flies work best.

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I think the main reason Steelhead and Great Lakes Brown trout take jigs and jig-flies so well right after they enter the tributaries is because they are so strongly imprinted with striking anything that looks like the shape or silhouette of a baitfish . This makes sense since they were constantly feeding in the open Great Lakes just before starting their spawning run.

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Conner Grdosic has discovered how well jigs and jig-flies work, especially in the Niagara River and especially in late winter early spring when there are no salmon eggs flowing with the current. The jig and jig-flies can be dead-drifted just like a roe bag, or you can regularly “twitch” the float to make the jig and jig-fly have an even more tantalizing action. How well can they work? Conner was 3 for 6 just the other day on his hand tied jigs!!

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Canadian Sportfishing Series exclusive Repeat on WFN this coming Wed.!

Posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Wed., April 18, 2018, 5:30pm WFN exclusive Repeat Canadian Sportfishing Series, “Spring Panfish Tactics.”

  • Wednesday @ 5:30 pm
  • Thursday @ 12:30 am & 11:30am ET
  • Saturday @ 7:00am
  • Sun. @ 12:30am

Make sure to catch this “cinematic-style” of Canadian Sportfishin

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Joe Debrenceni’s deadly Walleye rig.

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018

I have gotten to know so many dedicated and skilled anglers over the last 50 yrs. and have come to really appreciate the techniques and rigs they have developed over the years to consistently catch fish.

One that I wanted to share is Joe Debrrenceni, inventor of the TipNjig Total Ice Fishing System. Joe has fished for decades in the expansions of the St. Lawrence River, ON. One of his favorite waters is Lake St. Francis. For those of you that have had the pleasure of fishing it, you know that it’s a big “moving-lake” (the St. Lawrence River has a current indeed!!). Joe developed this bottom-bouncing rig that he fishes of the main lake channel in 15-30′ water. It has consistently landed him walleye and musky. The rig consists of a heavy bell sinker that is attached by a snap swivel to a secondary snap swivel which has a fluorocarbon leader, a few specific size beads, a small blade and a plastic worm hook rigged with a curly tail grub. He simply lowers the rig down slowly until he is on the bottom and trolls or drifts with it depending on the wind and current. Simple, no bait, but it has consistently produced fish for him over the decades!

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Raymarine Axiom marks fish & let’s you know if they are active.

Posted on Monday, April 16, 2018

As avid anglers, it’s one think having a fishfinder that marks fish that look like a “blotch” or “spot” on you screen and quite another if you get a clear mark that shows  it’s depth and even if it’s active or not. We know  that actively swimming fish are more likely to feed than an in-active fish that is laying motionless.

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With the Raymarine Axiom fishfinder you can see in the featured image that it’s the definition which makes all the difference in the world. The two fish appear as a “long”, inverted “hook or ‘C'” which means we are passing right over them as they are indeed moving. If they were motionless the inverted-hook would be much tighter. Raymarine relays the most accurate information to help you catch more fish!

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Italo video, locating post-spawn big Walleye.

Posted on Sunday, April 15, 2018

Italo video, finding post-spawn big Walleye.

You can see this video tip by clicking on the image above, or by going to our Italo Labignan YouTube channel. If you enjoy our  TV shows and tips, make sure to subscribe to our channel and receive notifications every time we post a new video!

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