Friday, July 15, 2016


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!

Sunday, July 10, 2016


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! 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 !!



Thursday, June 30, 2016


    ( 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 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Midge Bread and Butter 101 on the Muskegon/Big Manistee

                                 ( Morning midge feeder on the Muskegon - who say's a 20 incher won't t                                                                           take size 20 dries?)

Diptera midges have completely taken over two tailwaters significantly in Michigan- the FERC re-licensed rivers of the Muskegon and Big Manistee. Due to low stable flows/plankton from impoundments, these rivers have seen increased vegetation/decaying detritus which harbors massive benthic diptera and Simulium midges beyond epic proportions.The ridiculous sucker populations of both rivers ( they feed 90% on midge larvae as they turn their suction noses on a rock and flash their golden sides) are a direct result of the insane midge populations.Either fish big drakes and Hexes in the evening, or prepare for morning sippers now on midges and then eventually caddis and tiny bwo's as the year progresses.6 and 7x will be the norm with long 14-18 foot leaders and 2/3/4 weight 10/11 foot rods. Trout will sip midges daily from now thru the summer thru November and December.
(The ideal fine gravel/vegetation mix of  these rivers favors midges/clinging mayflies and scuds)
Target pods of trout in slow pools and back eddies/gravel shelves. Use a midge emerger dry and dropper pupae ( my WMD-weapons of midge destruction in last year's Fly Fisherman article are deadly) If you get refusals go down in size and silhouette- but the trout will eventually make the mistake of a take. Try twitching your presentation to get your flies noticed in the maze of naturals.
You can  now tie size#26/28 midges using # 20 wide gap hooks from Daiichi for better hooking percentages and short shank bodies. Also the supple Varivas tippet material is ideal for presenting minutiae  down to 8x/9x
Enjoy this wonderful way to fish in a traditional manner where  trout sippers can be ultra fussy but pleasing to dry fly aficionados. 

Check out the massive midge larvae cluster found on a stick! on the link below