|A couple enjoys the view on Milwaukee's|
|Mckinley Marina in Milwaukee|
|I found this Kastmaster in some streamside bushes|
|The Little Cleo is about the sexiest lure there is|
|My Rat-l-trap has seen some action!|
In about mid August, the salmon will start to move toward their natal stream. This time is the best opportunity to catch them in the lake, or even in the channel if they start to swim upstream. Any change in the weather will make them start to move and then you can try to catch them in the streams. It might just take a drop in temperature, or a little rain and a few overcast days to make them start running. I've caught salmon in the middle of August in the White River in Michigan, but this year, I didn't see any salmon in the Menomonee until the end of September. In the streams, I'll still use Little Cleos in deeper pools, but I may use a 2/3 or 2/5 oz instead of a heavier one. They move a little more erratically in the current than a heavier one. I will also use some diving crankbaits in the streams; Storm makes my favorites, and they're reasonably priced too. The deep diving Thunderstick Jr. and the Hot 'N Tot are the ones I use most. You will find that fishing in the stream can be very frustrating. There are days when the salmon are so thick that you could walk across them, but they won't bite a thing, then other days, they'll bite anything! If you're on the stream and salmon are flying out of the water like ballistic missiles from a Russian nuclear submarine, that is the day they will bite anything. You will probably get splashed by salmon jumping, and they'll scare the hell out of you, but they are angry at everything in the water. All you have to do is put something in the water with some hooks in it. The best days always seem to be overcast and rainy days. I've had the best luck in the evening on overcast and rainy days; not a really hard downpour, just a steady rain. In both the stream and the lake, using ten pound test line is probably adequate. I've seen guys use 20, but that's overkill. This season, I used 6 pound test and I only had one salmon break my line.
|Two Hot 'N Tots and a Wiggle Wart|
|My Thunderstick, marred by salmon teeth. Note the|
scale just behind the front hook.
This is the first year I've ever spent a lot of time fly fishing for salmon. I cut the tapered leader down to about three feet and just tied on about six feet of hybrid six pound test. I used mostly Woolly Buggers, and egg sucking leeches. I haven't had a chance to use my creation, the Force Choking Leech, very much. You can find instructions on how to tie it here. If you're a fly fisherman, you're probably better at it than I am, so I can provide very little instruction.
|Egg sucking leech with flashabou in the tail|
|Kittie examines my fly tying skills|
|Probably the best looking bead head Woolly Bugger|
I ever tied.