Aimed at the trout and small game fisherman prepared to challenge bigger fish, this book covers everything from how these Pacific Ocean gamefish got to the Great Lakes in the first place, to how to gear up for them, fish for them, and ultimately how to land them. In succinct chapters, lifetime Great Lakes fisherman Matthew Supinski covers every aspect of these great gamefish. He begins with descriptions of their prey, the life cycles of salmon and steelhead, their habits in migration, what they look for in a fly, and when they want it.
He explains the kinds of insects found in the Great Lakes, along with their hatching cycles, and explains variations in flies based on this knowledge. The author also provides tips on how to read the water, with particular emphasis on the peculiarities of the Great Lakes region, including manmade and natural influences.
Finally, perhaps the most exciting part of catching salmon and steelhead on the fly is the spectacular fighting performance these fish put on. Like riding a bronco, their leaps, hard-thrashing runs, and refusal to submit will addict the angler to ocean-run fish for life. Supinski offers invaluable advice on how to fight and land these giants.
No fisherman will want to approach these legendary waters without The Orvis Pocket Guide to Great Lakes Salmon and Steelhead.