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Minnesota Steelheader streamside clinic


Date:         Fall 2018
Time:        10am - 1:00pm
Location:   Middle Shore River - North Shore, Lake Superior*

What is new for 2018?
Steelheading is pretty much the same these days, but the anglers are changing. We are noticing more and more diversity on the water these days so to help the momentum we are encourage parents and children to sign up for the event this year. We are also encouraging husbands to bring their wives, or wives to bring their husbands. Couples are encourage to participate, but this is for individuals too!

What will you need to bring?
First and foremost bring a positive attitude.  You will also need to supply yourself with your own fishing equipment (rod, real, line, flies, waders, rain gear, etc.). We also strongly suggest polarized glassed and a camera. 

What will MS provide?
We will have some water and a snack on hand but feel free to bring your own as well.  We will also be providing a clinic outline packed full of valuable information, a basics to fly fishing guide, and a north shore river map booklet.

Who can attend?
This clinic is open to all who are able to freely maneuver the root covered dirt and rock trails along the banks of the river.  The trails are the easy part, it is the walking on rocks and light wading that requires a good sence of balance.  Note too that we focus on entry level wading - no crazy deep water, most is less that knee high.

We strongly encourage Parent/child pairs to participate in the clinic. All children must register and attend with an adult to participate.

*River destination and map will be provided upon registration

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What do I get?
Each angler receives a jam packed learning session about our North Shore fishery by one of our resident experts. You will also receive a copy of the North Shore fishing guide full of maps and tips.  We also provide a nice handout detailing our fishery, what swims our waters, and the basic gear used.  On top of this you receive hands on angling instruction and guiding. 

please note this is limited to only 12 anglers and registration fills up fast.  Please only register if you are 100% commited to attend.

Please note this is limited to only 12 anglers and registration fills up fast. Please only register if you are 100% commited to attend. If you register after the limit has been met, you will be placed on the waiting list.

What does this cost?
There is no cost for this event, but suggest a minimum donation.

Our volunteer staff is donating their time and talents to teach and guide during this wonderful clinic.  All donations received for our events and clinics go right back to help fund future educational programs, community events and habitat projects, and further our conservation mission.  This clinic continues on because of your generocity.

15 and under - open donation
Students - $15.00 min. suggested donation
Adults - $30 min. suggested donation

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What is the Streamside clinic?
We developed this clinic in 2011 as way to teach beginners and intermediate steelhead anglers the fundamentals of fishing our North Shore streams and rivers.  Timing the clinic in the fall was easy.  The pink salmon migration is in full swing, the weather conditions are fairly stable and the rivers are running lower than the levels during the spring steelhead migration making them much more manageable.  Pinks also utilize some of the same migration and spawning waters as our steelhead and most north shore steelie flies can catch pinks.

What will you learn?
Our all-volunteer staff of seasoned anglers will teach you all about pink salmon; how they got here, why they were able to naturalize, and how their habitat/life-cycle is similar to steelhead.

We teach a little on how geology and limnology impact steelhead and pink salmon.
We review fishing equipment that is suitable for both steelhead and pinks including: rods, reels, line, knots, flies, and misc extras.

We give a brief summary on all the trout and salmon that swim our waters.

We also go in to detail on how to read water and the terminology for the different types of water/current within our rivers and streams.

The above might seem time consuming, but we run through it pretty quick and give each of you a nice written outline jammed with everything we teach... now we fish!

After some general overview our staff of male and female instructors will split the group in half- guys and gals. each group will have some hands on instruction on locating fish, fly selection, and presentation. Note this is not a casting class, but some assistance can be provided.

Registration open
August 2018

Registration open
August 2018