Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

By Jim Bedford With over 50 years and many thousands of hours of hardcore steelheading under my wading belt, I’ve landed a bunch of steelhead I shouldn’t have. Usually, the story involves logs or other underwater obstacles. Most of the time when a steelhead takes you...
King of the River

King of the River

By Jim Bedford Fall is a busy time on Michigan’s tributaries to the Great Lakes. Four salmon species and three trout species run upstream in the late summer or autumn. All spawn in the fall except for the steelhead. Almost all of Michigan’s steelhead spawn in the late...
Home Water

Home Water

By Calvin McShane We had no business being on the stream. The water was high — dangerously so. October blended into 31 days of rain; the sandy soil of the Eastern U.P. became a waterlogged sponge. When Jack called and asked about the prospect of his steelhead trip, I...
A Full Circle of Steel

A Full Circle of Steel

McShane admires a fish and remembers why he spends so much time chasing these incredible creatures. By Calvin McShane The interior of my home is a cool 45 degrees, rivaling the temperatures outside hovering around freezing. It is just past dark on a mid-April evening,...
Swingin’ Steel

Swingin’ Steel

Green poses with a 15- to 16- pound steelhead that he landed swinging large flies on the Pere Marquette River in October. The water was high and off-colored­ — a reminder of the close to eight inches of rain and snow that fell within a week. It was Halloween, and...