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With spring right around the corner, it’s time to step-up your steelhead game. One of the best ways to do this is by learning from professionals that have over 30 years of steelheading experience. Four or Five years ago I was fortunate enough to shadow Bob and Michael Mauri teaching a Steelhead University while I was doing some photography for them and after that weekend my entire Steelhead game was changed forever. I caught fish prior to the class, but so does most people on the river when there’s fish present. I tried to absorb as much information about finding fish and how to get them to bite along with every other little tip from how to spot them to how to land them quickly. These techniques significantly increased my hook-up and catch rates when fishing for steelhead. What it also did, which surprised me, was improved my trout fishing game hugely as well. My nymphing success had always been one of my stronger points when it comes to trout fishing and this still helped me out a ton. Using the Raven floats for trout fishing is extremely deadly in most situations giving me one more tool to keep in my back. Back to the steelhead side of things, my hook up rates shot through the roof after I ditched the thingamabobbers and switched to raven floats. Aside from that, having learned where the fish generally hold and how they act, I found it much easier to find feeding fish than before. There is no doubt in my mind that the Steelhead University changed how I’ll fish forever. If you’re interested in spending three days on the Salmon river with professional guides fine tuning your nymphing, dry fly, and swinging techniques for steelhead this is the ultimate program. At $699 for 2.5 days of guiding, lodging and dinner provided you’re not going to find a better deal!