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The uni knot is versatile, easy to tie, and strong. Use it to tie on hooks or join two lines together with the double uni knot. Works great for tying dissimilar lines together or a leader to braid. For tying a braid backing to heavier mono or even a leader to braid the Red Phillips knot is faster and smaller.

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Lake Trout Behavior:

Introduction:  From surface dwelling summer fish in Northern Canada to deep-dwelling temperate climate trout, lakers are a very opportunistic and flexible fish.  They evolved with the ebb and flow of glacial periods- living in the lakes formed from the meltwaters at the glacial boundry.  Lakers loved these massive, cold, changing waters and thrived, following the glaciers south during every advance, north when it warmed, and some stayed behind in lakes formed during the glacial retreats- lakes such as the Finger Lakes.  Due to variations in ice coverage at during different glacial eras, different populations of lake trout stayed in different lakes.  There are at least four strains of lakers from seperate glacial events scattered across the continent.  The ciscowet, a deep water Great Lakes strain, is probably the best known of these and the strain in the Great Lakes, Finger Lakes, and Northeastern US.

Generally fish will be scattered throughout the lake, but there are always concentrations of fish to target. These pages will be focused primarily on the Finger Lakes and similar deep temperate climate lakes and reservoirs.  Always keep in mind the local conditions of the lake you are fishing: the resident baitfish, basin structure, time of year, and climate will all factor into where to locate Lake trout.

Lakers are closely related to brook trout and have more in common with them than other salmonids.  Lake trout are structure, baitfish, and bottom oriented fish.  Lakers also exhibit the same agressive behavior as brookies, often hitting lures multiple times.  In contrast, the landlocked salmon in the Finger Lakes and Kings in the Great Lakes are pelagic fish, often found out in open water.  Lakers will suspend while chasing schools of baitfish but are most often found on or near the lake bottom.  When fishing for lakers, look for the same things you'll see in streams but on a larger scale.  Underwater outcroppings, points, cutouts, flats, drop-offs, and current eddies will hold fish.   If the same structure holds baitfish, you're in good shape! They prefer different kinds of structure depending of the time of year.

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