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Palaniuk spent Christmas Day at his girlfriend's parents' house. While Tiffanie and her mom were cooking Christmas dinner, Palaniuk and Tiffanie's father went to Idaho's Clearwater River to fish for steelhead. Palaniuk caught this 7-pounder on a Luhr Jensen Hot Lips crankbait, rigged "sneaky-squirrel style." Under the threat of death, details of sneaky-squirrel rigging can't be revealed here, but as you can see it involves tying the front treble hook to a short length of 25-pound test line and removing the rear treble. "We don't talk about it much," said Palaniuk of the technique, "but it works."
Photo: Brandon Palaniuk