Steelhead: Anglers Advantage Jigs
by Terry Wiest
Jig fishing has become one of the most
productive methods used for catching steelhead. I've been using
jigs for over 5 years now and year after year they account for more
Steelhead I bring to the bank or boat than any other method. Fishing
jigs is easy, but there are some things you can do to improve success.
of all - only use QUALITY jigs! That's where Anglers
Advantage Tackle in my opinion has an edge on the market. Jody Allison,
owner of Anglers Advantage states "I only use the finest materials
including Owner hooks and the highest quality feathers and furs
from Hareline Dubbin. Each jig is personally hand tied by myself,
assuring you that the quality of my jigs are second to none."
How many times have you heard someone hooking a fish
with a jig only to have the hook bend out and the fish is gone.
I've caught numerous fish on these jigs and have yet to have a hook
bend on me. The difference is Owner hooks.
To catch more fish you're going to have to make a "natural"
presentation. This is accomplished by a properly weighted jig, matched
with an inline weight and proper float. Anglers Advantage has made
it simple for you: Jig Weight + Inline Weight = Float Size. For
example: 1/8oz Jig + 1/4oz Inline weight = 3/8oz Float. When properly
balanced your float should travel down stream perfectly vertical.
Just follow the method above to acheive this.
the most part you'll want to find slower moving water than drift
fishing, something thats like a slow walking speed is perfect. That
doesn't mean you can't fish faster water with jigs, but like many,
you'll have a float setup and a drift setup with you when fishing.
If you do come across some faster water and drift fishing is unsuccessful,
throw your jig a few times, you might be surprised.
Once you find the "hole" or "drift"
cast upriver beginning at the nearest point closest to you that
you consider part of the "hole". This may be only a few
feet in front of you or it may be half way across the river. Drift
as far downstream within reason. The jig is fishing the whole time.
Work the drift, casting slightly further across the river each time
until you've worked the entire stretch. Many times after you've
let it float down a seam, reel in then let it float right back down
instead of re-casting. You can cover more water this way and the
longer your jigs in the water the more chance you have of hooking
Ideally you'll want to be 1 to 2 feet off the bottom.
If you cast out and hit bottom... reel in! You're jigs doing no
good draggin bottom. Adjust the float and re-cast. Also, when reeling
in, reel it in fast and get it back out there. I've never heard
of a steelhead hitting a jig while reeling in. Get it in fast and
get it back out. Again, the longer the jigs in the water the better
chance you have of hooking up.
With any type of steelhead fishing you want to fish
structure. This is no different with jig fishing. Hit around logs,
under tree, in front of and behind boulders. Oh, and don't think
you won't loose jigs because you're using a float. I've donated
many a jig to the hidden structures below... that's part of steelheading!
For more on Jig Fishing Techniques, see our articles
on Jig Fishing: Jig Fishing 101
and Jig Fishing Techniques
For fishing jigs I prefer a longer rod and spinning
reel setup. For this review I used a G. Loomis 1262s 10' 6"
rated 6 - 10lbs coupled with a Shimano Stradic 2500. I use 30lb
Power Pro for the main line and 10lb Seaguar Flourocarbon leader.
NOTE: 30lb Power Pro is the same diameter as 8lb mono.
I use 30lb Power Pro for several reasons. First, it floats so it's
easier to mend your line when float fishing. Second, when your hands
are freezing the diameter of the 30lb is easier to use than that
of the lesser ratings. Third, the diameter also helps when threading
through the float. And most importantly, Power Pro has no stretch
so even long distance hookups are instant (no need for Bass Style
Hookups here). If fished properly if anything is going to break
it'll be your leader.
As with most Jig Manufacturer's, Anglers Advantage
offers many jigs choices. I'm partial to the Double Beaded Marabou
Jig, but the NightMare is always a good choice especially in clear
water. Pinks are always a safe choice. I also prefer 1/8oz jigs
in the winter, and 1/8 or 1/16oz in the summer. 1/4 oz are also
available but I've found overall 1/8oz produce most consistantly.
Some of the Anglers Advantage Jigs Choices
We'll, after fishing with Anglers Advantage Tackle
Jigs I can honestly say "I'm Hooked"!