Photos: Great Lakes Steelhead and Old Man Winter

Written by: Alberto Rey

April in Upstate New York can be cold, but this is ridiculous.
Photos by Alberto Rey

I recently scouted eight streams in preparation for my upcoming guide trips, which had to be rescheduled due to very late spring runs of steelhead. We are expecting huge pods of fish any day, but they are three weeks late. This has never happened before and is a result of our coldest winter in recorded history. Nature can be generous, but unpredictable. It does keeps you on your toes and humble. Here are some images that seem as though they from the Artic circle instead of at the mouths of Lake Erie tributaries.

This male steelhead slammed a slow swinging angel hair streamer with a white marabou tail.

Alberto Rey is an Orvis-endorsed guide, an artist, and a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts and New Media at the State University of New York at Fredonia.

Paging Ernest Shackleton! Please report to Lake Erie.

Anglers are expecting pods of steelhead any day now.

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