Top 5 ways to improve
your Center Pin Fishing
A Center Pin, what kind
of reel is that? Is that a fly reel? I used to get those questions all the time
from allot of anglers. But not anymore. The Center Pin Fishing technique that
is growing BIG TIME. Here in the Great Lakes Region and Out West. The Steelhead
Float Fisherman everywhere are realizing this set up is a tool. It’s a set up that
produces results and gives us that tug we all desire. 
Some people are scared to cross over to the dark side and buy a pin. But once you get it down and see the results, there’s no looking back on the purchase. 
Every Steelhead
fishermen knows the secret to catching more Steelhead is in the drift and the presentation. How many
times have you heard that? Its so true the current speed is the key to getting
bit. That’s why Center Pins Rock and are so effective.
Below are some tips to
get you started on putting a whooping on your buddies and the FISH!
1.) Pay attention to
your Float and the drift itself. If your Float is ticking that means
you’re too deep. Reel in and adjust your float. Only a few inches at a time.
Pay attention to your float is it facing up stream or down? Your float is
telling you what your offering is doing underwater. It should ride straight up
and down. The bait has to be moving at the right speed. If it’s moving too fast
and at the wrong current speed = no bites.
Watch your line and mend often if need be. If your line is going ahead of your
float you need to mend and slow that presentation down. Again current speed is
crucial. The fish know how fast that meal should be moving. Especially on
pressured fish and waters.

  3.) Depth is so crucial. Steelhead always tend to be near the bottom.
The bottom is the sweet spot, remember that. If your bait is not in the strike
zone = a missed opportunity. A lot of guys are worried about snagging bottom.
Well here is the bottom line. The angler that loses the most hooks, flies or
jigs is the guy that catches the most fish.
Always check the water clarity before deciding what you colors and sizes you’re
going to use. If the water is low and clear than you should use smaller spawn
sacs and jigs in pale colors. If the water is dirty then use bigger bags and
baits with brighter colors.
Bait quality is actually the most overlooked item I think by a lot of anglers,
even seasoned guys. You will spend thousands on rods, reels, tackle, clothes
and equipment. But use some nasty spawn for bait. Always use fresh cured spawn
that was handled and stored correctly. My favorite products to use are the
Pautzke brand of products. Visit their website at The website has lots of videos on how to
cure spawn correctly. And has a wealth of information on products and scents to
help you became a better Steelhead Angler.
I hope these Top Five
Tips will make you a better float fisherman. Whether you fish a Center Pin or
not? Follow these simple 5 steps and you will be pulling on some Chrome this
Floats Down, Fish On!



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