Classic Podcast: Advanced Steelhead Tips with Chuck Hawkins


Editor’s Note: Tom is on vacation, so here’s an excellent and timely podcast with a Midwestern steelhead guru.

This week, I interview Chuck Hawkins, one of the most experienced Great Lakes steelhead guides, who also travels the world in search of trout and other species. He’s a former Trout Bum of the Week, as well. As usual when talking to such an experienced guide, I discovered many cool tips and tricks I had never thought of. I’m sure you’ll find this podcast educational, whether you fish for steelhead in the Great Lakes or on the West Coast—or even if you fish for non-migratory trout with nymphs and streamers. Lots of these techniques translate well.

In the Fly Box, we answer questions on deeply-hooked trout, straightening tippets, casting on grass, sight-fishing for trout, avoiding crowds, bite tippets for pike and pickerel, fishing in the middle of the day, and other little tidbits.

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Catching steelies on the swing is the name of the game in Chuck’s boat…
Photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

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