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ESL old standby

New and fancy patterns are always coming out, but sometimes going old school is the best policy.  The ESL is a standard pattern.  ESL stands for Egg Sucking Leech.  Yesterday we got on the board with a fresh steelhead up from the lake that very morning, if I had to guess.  On a orange headed black rabbit strip egg sucking leech.

 

Streamer fish that wouldn’t jump

The rain had finally stopped, I had the camera set up with the proper ISO, rapid fire was engaged, and my 70-200 with IS was ready.  But this steelhead just would not leave the comforts of the river.  As water temps have dropped into the 40’s now (48 yesterday).  My season of capturing the ultimate jump shot is shrinking.  Oh well.

On a positive note last weeks swing game was great.  This week I’m looking forward to the challenge of high water.  Yesterday with water levels going from 1700 to 2500 cfs we still found a handful of players.  Once water levels maintain for a few days and I dial in the color combo’s, I expect a good week on the streamer game again.

michigan steelhead