Monday, July 25, 2016

HEAT WAVE OVER...AND THEY ARE COMING-!

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Heat wave of 2016 hopefully over!...it wasn't "that hot"!, ( I remember three summers ago taking son Peter to Northwestern Univ., along the gorgeous Lake Michigan shorelines for a summer  select soccer camp and my car thermometer read 113 F on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago- we are now moaning about a few 90 F DAYS!-NEWS FLASH!- TIS THE HEART OF SUMMER EH?...have we become a society of whinny wimps?...hmmm!) But, just say'in,  we have been spoiled by two epically cold summers with lots of rainfall....anyways, everyone got a ton of rain this past weekend, and the summer run Skamania steelhead are waiting for a soon to happen Nor'easterly to stage a new push...holding in 55-70 feet of water stacked like sardines between South Haven and Mich. City...more to come soon.Some fresh chrome are already making their presence if you know where to look for them
( BTW:skammy mysis shrimp pattern recipe coming tomorrow - just got off the river and chill'in)...Na Zdrowie!- August will be an epic month!

Friday, July 15, 2016

GOING TO BE A GREAT SUMMER STEELHEAD RUN!...COME AND JOIN US

Gonna be a great summer Skamania steelhead run...just started!... fish way bigger than last year, and many more to come...treat yourself to these amazing fish that are the most aggressive and opportunistic the Great Lakes steelhead experience has to offer!...Matt still has a few openings and yes the complete fly fishing experience....swinging, sight nymphing shrimp/scuds and even dry fly beetles on the surface!, all are the ticket- dry lines/unleaded/traditional/single and two handers- no chuck-and-lead duck here!. If winter /spring steelheading are your only barometers for "steelheading", this will change the way you think about them forever!
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

THEY ARE FINALLY BACK!...AND BIGGER THAN EVER!

After being on the Joe all week and watching them trickle in, they have now officially arrived en masse !...about time!, and they are running as big as ever!..With no  weir/fish ladder trapping them at Berrien Springs like for decades ( they need 900 adults) for broodstock/egg/sperm harvest for next year's plants by Indiana DNR, which they now do on Trail Creek, IN, thus, the fish ladder at Berrien Springs is 'WIDE OPEN' and open for serious summer run steelhead biz-ness!
( Mysis Procopius)
Why the size when our Michigan Winter strain ran so small this past spring run? Basically, the Great Lakes mystery of 'constant biologic change" is always 'trending now',  since alewives ### are down =alewives eat mysis, thus Mysis shrimp ### WAY UP LIKE LATE 1980''S!- prior . so!!!... shrimp are the ideal food source for rainbow trout ( remember they are ocean going rainbow trout- finicky and precise predators), shrimp pack more of a power protein ,selenium, B-12, and very interesting iodine,  than even ale' wives

(NOTE: If you have never experienced these amazing  silver, pink cheeked 'tarpon of the Great Lakes', and call yourself a GL steelheader!, time is now through early September to do so. I personally have a very few good dates open and would love to show you the game. 
All dry lines/ no weight,single or two handers, lots of sight fishing or blind  swinging, whatever your schematics/gig desires. I have dedicated 25 plus years chasing these fish, so I'm confident and read a few books about steelhead!..;)...cheers!, sorry for the cockiness, just love what I do!......na zdrowie..yes I get them to eat dry fly beetles on the surface!
( MY flash back beetle dries..Senyo's ( Hareline Dubbin shaggy dubbing) greased up- rubber floats with right grease, and pushes water!)

here are few video testimonials...cheers!!!- life is great!- get out and fish steelhead, and BE PATIENT AND HUMBLE !!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

TRICO MADNESS HAS BEGUN -THE WHITE CURSE


    ( male and female trico spinners- a prolific tiny mayfly hatch all summer to fall- image Colin. Monahan )
A massive "super hatch" has started up on the mighty Muskegon. It started back in the late 1990's, but it waxed and waned over the years.But the last few years it has come on strong with yesterdays hatch rivaling Bighorn proportions. Pods of rainbows and browns fed on them in the deep spring fed pools- the dry fly action was epic!
Check out these very cool videos I took yesterday by clicking on link below
Tomorrow- Trico hatch details