The Big Manistee River

The Big Manistee River at the coffer below the Tippy Dam

The Big Manistee River at the coffer below the Tippy Dam

I traditionally fish the Big Manistee River once or twice a year for Steelhead in spring, and for Salmon in mid summer. However, I found myself with the opportunity to fish one of my favorite rivers in Michigan this year during the early Skamania run. The insect hatches had been very abundant, unlike the amount of the Skamania for the period of time that I had been there. Nonetheless, I was capable of getting in on some Trout action!

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A local trying to tell me where to go and what to use.

A local trying to tell me where to go and what to use.

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Wisconsin Fly Flyfishing

Making my way through the Southern portion of Wisconsin and continuing North, I came a crossed a river named the “Rock River”. This is a fairly large body of water that happens to be a tributary to the Mississippi River and meanders approximately 299 miles through the state of Wisconsin. No, unfortunately there are no Salmon, Steelhead, or Trout indigenous to this tributary, however it does provide refuge for several species of warm water fish. The list of species that are prominent to this river included; Musky, Pike, White Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Crappie, Perch, Catfish, Walleye, and one of my personal favorites the “Poor man’s Bonefish” (Carp). I found myself conversing with some local spin casting gentleman at the Monterey Dam, who had no luck at this point for this swift section of water that had been present. However, the Caddis had been in abundance and the Carp had been plentiful, so I decided why not? Carp can be great practice for an angler in learning how to control large and powerful fish on a fly rod, and during the summer months it’s like taking a candy from a baby to cast to these beefy monsters. Remember simply because spring is over and summer has begun, there are plenty of Fly Fishing opportunities available as we await the much anticipated approach of fall Trout and Steelhead angling. If you have never attempted or experienced Fly Fishing like this before, now is the perfect time. Book a trip with us and expirience the excitement that you have been missing! Tight Lines!

Nice Carp taken from the Rock River, in Wisconsin

Nice Carp taken from the Rock River, in Wisconsin

Michigan Fly Fishing

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I recently had the opportunity to revisit the great Ausable River in Michigan, this river holds trophy brown trout of large abundance. The quality of these fish easily outweighs the quantity, with Brown Trout averaging from 20 to 28 inches in length. With this being said, the size of the flies commonly used will unhinge a Trout anglers mind. When fishing the Ausable in the town of MIO, Michigan and one needs a place to rest for a second after a hard day of stripping large streamer and a long night of
flopping mouse patterns on the surface film, stop in and see Bruce Graff, owner of the Ausable Valley Inn.

Common 4 In. Streamer Patterns for the Ausable

Common 4 In. Streamer Patterns for the Ausable

The Ausable Valley Inn is not only a nice, clean, and friendly establishment, but they are located less than 5 minutes away from the Ausable Dam and river access, which is only one of many access point near this location. In addition to the great location, the Ausable Valley Inn comes fully equipped with it’s own fly shop, in which Bruce himself is more than capable of accommodating all of your Fly Fishing needs. Thanks again Bruce for a great experience!

Typical Mouse Pattern

Typical Mouse Pattern

Ausable River near Comins Flats Access

Ausable River near Comins Flats Access

Summer Time Fly Fishing

I literally Fly fish for everything that swims, I admit to being partial to primarily focusing my attention toward Trout, Salmon, & Steelhead. However, during the summer months the temperatures rise making the angling opportunities for these particular species of fish difficult as well as marginal to say the least. With this being said, it becomes necessary for an angler to focus concepts and skills on the less desirable species of fish that thrive on these weather conditions and temperatures. Focusing on warm water species will provide an angler the opportunity to work on perfecting casts concepts and presentations on fish that are not nearly as selective or easily spooked as Trout, Steelhead, & Salmon. Warm water angling is not only alot of fun, but it is also great way for the inexperienced or novice angler to learn the fundamental of Fly fishing and practice for the up coming fall season of Trout and Steelhead.

Flat Head Catfish taken from the Shenango River #14 Tan Caddis

Flat Head Catfish taken from the Shenango River #14 Tan Caddis

Trout

Early Season TroutDespite the recent drop in weather temperatures, the Trout fishing has remained remarkable! The streams are good condition and possess good flow with a nice green color. The forecast is looking good for the next week, giving way to temperatures remaining in the mid to high 30′s. These temperatures will certainly improve upon early season Trout fishing, making the angling more intense than it already is. Come and wet a line with us and get in on some of this terrific early season action. We look forward to working with you and providing you with the opportunity to experience this excitement  first hand! Tight lines!

Trout Fishing

Lunker TroutAnother nice hefty fish for the dayBeautiful Trout up against my Sage One 4Wt

Trout fishing is in full throttle throughout the open regulation areas for many of the freestone stream in Pennsylvania! This is only the beginning of the season. As we start to maintain and regulate these higher temperatures,the fish are going to become more responsive and active. The water flow at this point is great, and there are an abundance of fish to be had. Solidify your booking with us while availabilities last for this prime time early season angling. We look forward to seeing you on the stream, and making your angling experience the most memorable and exciting experience of a lifetime! Tight lines to all!

Spring Steelhead

Fish On! Spring Steelhead, Black Stonefly  < Click Here to see the video

 

 

Spring Steelhead is on! Many fish are making there way back to the lake, however there are still several fish pushing up into the tributaries as well. There are still plenty of fish in the streams, but it won’t last for long! This Steelhead season unfortunately will be coming to an end before we realize it. If you are interested in getting in on some of these late season opportunities, now is the time to act! It saddens me to close another Steelhead season, however it excites me for the new an upcoming season for Trout. The lunker stocking went well on Neshannock Creek this past weekend, the fish are not only in large abundance, but they are large in size as well. This is merely the start of a great season for Trout angling, contact us and book your spring tour for Steelhead or Trout, as well as a memory of a lifetime!

Trout Season

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The stoneflies of various sizes are in large abundance on several creek throughout Pennsylvania at this point! The Trout fishing is becoming increasing good, and Steelhead fishing is pretty much on fire. The approaching spring Steelhead season is showing interesting signs of old fish returning to the lake, with good numbers of new fish continuing to push up. This season concerning the Erie tributaries will soon be over giving way to only angling for Trout and other species, so for those who are interested in Steelhead angling, now is the time to act. On the other side of the spectrum Trout season is merely beginning, giving way to some of the best angling opportunities in the state of Pennsylvania. Drop us a line, or contact us on the World Wide Web to solidify your booking for the adventure of a lifetime.

Pre-Season Stocking

imageThe pre-season float stocking on Neshannock Creek went very well! Collectively we managed to distribute at least 1700 new fish throughout the the delayed harvest project alone, not to mention the other areas outside of the project as they relate to open water regulations. Trout season is will be here before you realize it, technically spring has just begun believe it or not. However the black stoneflies are in abundance and the fishing is remarkable at this point and time. Angling opportunities are increasing, as well as the abundance of fish. This is going to be a great year for fishing, those of you who have not signed up for the fly tying class at Westminster College that I am conducting, it is not too late, however the class does begin on Tuesday March 5th. With the upcoming season approaching, book your guides as soon as possible while availabilities last to ensure the best angling opportunity that we can provide! We look forward to seeing you on the water to experience the ultimate fly fishing adventure! Tight lines to all!

Guide Trip

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For many that believe that the Steelhead season is over due to the lack of fish, I would like to extend a different enlightenment regarding this subject. The last venture that had taken place had provided my clients, as well as myself with ample opportunities for several Steelhead throughout this particular trip. We had managed to harvest large numbers of fish focusing on  egg patterns and black stone flies. There are most certainly fish to be had despite all of the sceptisim that has been discussed. Provided that you are willing to do some walking, there are fish to be found, it may take some work on the angler’s behave, however your achievement is most certainly possible. With the mild weather conditions, and the amount of fish that are available, there is not better time to entertain this adventure regarding the search for Steelhaed, give us a call or drop us a line on the World Wide Web to book your appointment. We look forward to seeing you on the stream!