Muskie - Seminar on Wintertime Fishing in the South

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Instructor: Cory Allen

In The Spread lead freshwater instructor Cory Allen and Capt. Chad Bryson discuss musky fishing principles and tactics for winter, covering lures and fly. Winter is an ideal time to target big muskies in the south, as they are at their most rotund and have a closed season. This dynamic presentation offers a new perspective on gear and fly fishing for musky, highlighting their contrasts and correlations.

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  • Cory Allen: A dedicated musky hunter with a deep understanding of muskellunge behavior and triggering bites.
  • Capt. Chad Bryson: A cross-discipline fishing guide with big fish experience in both saltwater and fresh, guiding in Alaska and the south, passionate about apex predator fishing on fly.
  • Challenging conventional musky fishing practices.
  • Insights on fishing reservoirs, lakes, big deep rivers, and skinny rivers during winter.
  • Techniques on using tackle, lures, flies, and presentation methodologies.
  • Emphasis on the behavior of muskies during winter and how to effectively catch them.
  • Takeaway: Learn where muskies hold during winter and their predominant feeding behavior. Understand the nuances of fly movements and how they can be incorporated into lure presentations.

It's a unique opportunity to get a seasoned musky angler all to yourself in a one-on-one setting. Even more rare is the chance to get two to sit down at the same table and do a brain dump into the same chalice.

Cory Allen is a true musky hunter. His sole focus: understanding muskellunge behavior and dissecting every possible viable tool that will trigger bites.

Capt. Chad Bryson is a cross-discipline fishing guide with loads of big fish experience in both saltwater and fresh. He guides anglers in Alaska and throughout the south. His passion: apex predator fishing on fly. Both of these fishermen are as smart as they come with resumes that others drool over. Their collective knowledge on muskellunge behavior and ecology is inspiring.

What you get in this seminar video is two extremely accomplished outspoken musky anglers challenging common practices and methodologies. You will learn how each approaches particular fisheries in the winter. They talk fishing reservoirs, lakes, big deep rivers, and skinny rivers. The unique thing about fishing in the south during the winter months is it may be your best opportunity to catch a big muskie. You will learn about tackle, lures, flies, what fish relate to in the winter, how to find these areas, methodologies for presenting baits and flies, and all sorts of out-of-the-box thinking.

Whether you like throwing musky lures or musky flies, what you should focus on taking away is how the fish of 10,000 casts behaves and feeds in the winter. Muskellunge will eat flies and lures. The key is knowing where the fish will hold when the water temperature drops and what their predominant feeding behavior is. Learn how the subtle movement of a fly translates over the presenting lures and how you add that to your quiver. Cory and Chad share well-thought-out theories on getting fish to eat when metabolisms slow. This is a super insightful learning opportunity. Always learn from the best of the best and fish smarter.

Q1: Who are Cory Allen and Capt. Chad Bryson?

  • Cory Allen: A seasoned musky angler focused on understanding muskellunge behavior.
  • Capt. Chad Bryson: A cross-discipline fishing guide with vast experience, guiding in both saltwater and fresh waters, including Alaska.

Q2: What topics does the seminar cover?
The seminar covers challenging conventional musky fishing practices, insights on fishing different water bodies during winter, techniques on using and presenting various fishing tools, and understanding the behavior of muskies during winter.

Q3: What's the main takeaway from the seminar?
The main takeaway is understanding where muskies hold during winter, their predominant feeding behavior, and how the nuances of fly movements can be incorporated into lure presentations.

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Cory Allen

Cory Allen, known as the Tennessee Muskie Authority, has years of expertise in muskie fishing. He is a skilled guide in the Tennessee River drainage basin, specializing in understanding muskellunge behavior and environmental conditions. Allen's dedication to his craft and continuous learning make him a valuable resource for both seasoned and novice anglers.

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