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Darryl Penhale’s egg-sack strategy to fish any tributary situation.

Posted on April 27th, 2014

I must tell you the story of how fishing friends come about.  In our case Barb, Mulligan and I were fishing the Niagara Whirlpool a couple of weeks ago and we met a lot of good steelheaders, all of which watch the Canadian Sportfishing TV show.  One of them was Darryl Penhale who is originally from Alliston, ON.  Darryl had fished that same morning on some of the Lake Ontario eastern-tributaries, but found it too crowded so he ended up making the drive (and walk), to the Whirlpool.  Anyway, the water was cold (ice bergs still floating around), and the fishing was slow. Barb, Mulligan & I had planned to also go to check-out the Upper NY tributaries and after speaking to Darryl, he always wanted to fish them, so he joined us.  Within an hour we were at the Slippery Sinker, Olcott, NY and Darryl was purchasing his non-resident NY fishing licence.  To make a long story short, Darryl ended up catching his first steelhead in NY the next day.

A week later we received a call from Darryl to invite us to join him on many of his “home-tributaries” that flow into Georgian Bay.  I had not fished many of the northern rivers for many years, so we jumped on the opportunity.

[nggallery id=929]We met Darryl on the water at daybreak and caught lot’s of fish together.  One thing that really impressed me was that Darryl brought his specially treated trout eggs in a large container and a complete “egg-tying station”.  Darryl’s strategy is to arrive on a tributary scout the conditions, and than tie his egg-sacks in certain color material and size, right on the spot.  Let me tell you, his strategy is excellent and I will be doing the same in the future, especially if I am not sure what kind of water conditons I will be encountering.  A good example is when we arrived on a stretch of the Nottowasaga River that fishermen that morning said was literally unfishable due to high/stained water.

Darryl shows-off a nice Nottowasaga River steelhead he caught in high, discolored water with one of his "instant-tied", over-size egg-sacks.
Darryl shows-off a nice Nottowasaga River steelhead he caught in high, discolored water with one of his “instant-tied”, over-size egg-sacks.

Darryl quickly pulled his egg-sack tying station out, he tied some over-size spawn sacks in bright yellow and pink color netting and litterally proceeded to turn around, make a drift and land this nice fish pictured above….well done Darryl!

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