Due to better average summer flows, and some hard autumn rains, there has been substantially enough water in the rivers for these big migratory Rainbows to easily navigate upstream into our waiting presentations !
Last Friday I headed out early in the morning with a good buddie of mine Cameron Simpson who has never Steelheaded before. I have had the pleasure of working with Cameron for the last three years up at Red Pine Wilderness Lodge. While I was out guiding for trophy Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike and monster Brook trout Cam was back at the Lodge making sure that the service stays top notch. So we set aside our jig-heads and live bait and broke out our roe bags with noodle rods and we were on the road by 4am.
I was very pleased when we got to the river to see some fairly ideal conditions and sure enough it did not take long to hook up with my first Steelhead of the morning. ( 4th cast or so! ) We walked a good stretch of river and ended up hooking 8 Steelies and landing 5. And as you can see from the pictures we got some huge Steelhead that morning, ranging from 3 lbs. to 15 lbs. We were drifting roe bags down the river underneath a small float, with a finesse presentation. And the look on Camerons face when he was fighting his first Steelhead ever, was priceless ! And he landed it ! Good job buddie !
So the Steelhead seem to be in all the rivers in Southern Ontario and as long as they don’t freeze up, the fishing should continue to be fantastic. But as we all know the temperature is continuing to fall, so dress warm, be safe and get out and enjoy our top notch Steelhead fishery in the Great Lakes basin !
Hope to see you on the river !