Wildwood Outfitters Blog and Fishing Report
Steelhead trips are right around the corner, and with each passing day we get closer to some of the most exciting fishing of the entire year! Fall and winter mark the return of these great fish from Lake Erie as they enter the Pennsylvania tributaries for their yearly migration. The action can be fast and furious and it's not uncommon to land several 26+ inch fish in a single morning! Even though we're still a few months away from the peak of the run, it's time to start thinking about steelhead and what anglers need to do to get ready for the fast-approaching season!
2.) Check Your Gear
Leader and tippet tends to go bad unless it's stored appropriately, and there are few things worse than hooking that first fish of the year and quickly losing it thanks to rotted line. Take some time in August and September to check on gear from last year and be sure it is in top shape for the season to come. It's easier to order a few things now in anticipation of the run rather than do it in the middle of the season!
3.) Scout Some New Water
Many of us are guilty of falling into the trap of only fishing familiar water. It could be a run or hole that produced fish in years past, or one that is holding fish that day, but either way scouting new sections of stream can yield fantastic results! The tributaries change from year to year and new spots are formed while old ones are changed, so constantly scouting and knowing where the fish hold is crucial to success.
4.) Book a Guide Trip!
Our professional guides spend a ton of time on the Erie tribs and quickly get dialed in to where the fish are and what they're eating. Going on a trip with Wildwood Outfitters can really flatten the learning curve of steelheading and get you on some of these great fish right away. From mid-November through January we'll be on the streams nearly every day so booking early gives you a leg up on choosing prime dates. lt's also the perfect situation for those who don't have their own gear since we provide it all!
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