MEET ME AT THE NET: Stories from Steelhead Alley

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This book begins as practical advice, history and memories of steelhead fishing on the southern Lake Erie shore's rivers but develops into more: If you do fish the book will make you itchy to get out your equipment and find a clear stream. I'm always reminded of this magic at the net when I take a first-timer out on the stream. Many of us had a similar experience when we caught our first steelhead.

You take someone out for their first time on an Ohio, Pennsylvania or New York stream, and they progress through a personal learning curve of casting a fly rod, watching a strike indicator, and figuring out when to set the hook.

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While they are getting used to this new way of fishing, they watch other anglers land a few steelhead. This only adds fuel to their already heightened desire to catch one of these special fish.

Generally, they'll miss a few before landing that first one. But if they are fishing with an experienced steelheader on a typical Steelhead Alley day, there is a good chance a netted fish will happen eventually. When it happens and the fish is deep in the net, there is a time-stands-still moment when a steelhead is held and viewed up close for the first time. The removal of a fisherman's first steelhead from the net reminds me of someone removing a valuable antique or Tiffany vase from a storage chest.

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The reaction is no less; it's an almost breathless response as they lift the fish from the net. There is the handling of the fish with reverence and excitement, a photo, followed by the revival and release. The return to fishing is usually accompanied by the first-time fisherman, now worthy of the name "steelheader," replaying for everyone the hook-up and fight. Their replay always includes comments about how beautiful the steelhead looked, and the story is enhanced with intermittent laughter.

Frank at the TMF Sport Shop describes the experience as a fisherman spontaneously laughing "for no reason" other than a delayed reaction of excitement over the catch. I've had this experience of spontaneous laughter and I witness it several times a season.

Usually the laughing steelheader is my brother or my friend Mike, and it never gets old The highlight of that day was the eight-pound fresh hen I caught on a Clouser minnow right before dusk. We had walked past a deep pool earlier in the day. On my way back to the car, I stopped at this pool to make my final few casts of the day. I decided to use a black and white Clouser I had tied earlier in the summer to fish smallmouth at my brother's cottage on the Allegheny River. I had been casting and stripping for a while with no luck when Mike, who had been fishing downstream, met up with me.

He gave me one of his, "Eddiee, another great day! I puffed on my cigar and said I wanted to make a few more casts. But let's be honest about it, a few more casts to a steelheader is really another half hour. This evening the steelhead gods smiled on me, and on the next cast I was into a good fish. I had made a few slow and long strips, and as the Clouser was sinking, I began the next strip. That's when the fish assaulted the counterfeit minnow, and the collision was one I'll never forget. The intensity of the attack against my slow and steady strip is still embedded in my nervous system.

The battle was a good one, a few leaps blurred by the dusk, a screaming reel, and the suspense of whether I could land this fish. After she made three good runs, Mike waded below me and I guided her toward his net. The photo Mike took is still one of our favorites. There I am, worn cigar in my mouth, big smile on my face, and rather scrappy looking after fishing all day. There she is, contrasting my homely appearance with her shiny bright silver. A steelheader's version of "beauty and the beast.


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About the Author - Ed Novak www. Born and raised in Ohio, I've been fishing since I was three. My professional writing background began in my profession of psychotherapy. I've been published in an international psychotherapy journal and I'm also a member of the editorial review board.

Meet Me at the Net: Stories from Steelhead Alley

My professional writing style places emphasis on the interpersonal experiences between patients and me. Stories From Steelhead Alley , this writing style helps to evoke within readers their own experiences of being with good friends chasing steelhead or other fish. An AP Art student during his high school years at Archbishop Hoban in Akron, Nate spent many classroom hours drawing fish, sometimes even at the expense of note taking.

Nate's passion for fishing comes through in his drawings, which accurately provide glimpses of life in Steelhead Alley. She is an accomplished and award-winning writer with a year history of writing for publication, a degree in journalism, and a love of the land. We can help you with parts of it or all of it.


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