Wednesday, May 20, 2015

THEY ARE BACK!...THE MYSTERIOUS GRAY DRAKES

(the oak tree in the Gray Drake Lodge backyard- all those black verticals are siphlonurus adults)
Right on schedule, the first gray drakes hatched on May 18th. The adults were very small- smallest I have ever seen them. But the alternatus drakes are usually  like that compared to the Quebencences which are larger. Last nights  29F 'global warming' temps and the bill freeze week we are having will slow them down since they migrated to the shorelines and those bank side water temps will slow them a bit.
(land born emergence stages by JGM Miller)
The cool wet weather we are having is perfect for the drakes like last year. Last year's hatch was one of the largest I have ever witnessed- so their are a gazillion nymphs ready to hatch.
Given the cool weather, the morning spinner falls will come late when the sun has had a chance to warm the trees. Also the evening spinner falls will be early. So look for gray drake spinners hovering above your body heat/ boat anytime from 10 am until dusk. Evening spinner falls will be early- 7-8 ish.
(very thick am and pm spinner mating flights)
( spinners, sunken spinner/emerger, double gang bang spinner)

NOW!!!!....we will see if these guys show up to the party!
NOTES: Don't forget about our weekend Gray Drake Selectivity clinics in June that I mentioned in a previous post and will be periodically announcing- great deal and great way to learn more about this amazing 6-8 week long hatch!














                                                                

Sunday, May 17, 2015

MATCHING THE HATCH- SUCKER SPAWN

 (What sucker spawn looks like- corn colored tapioca)
Leviathan Big browns and bows are available usually in three venues in the A/A mode .1- Carnivores eating /kill artist hunting  big meat : bait fish other trout and mice- usually best in nocturnal situations.2- During a major hatch like the first ones of the season- ie. Hendrickson's, stones ,sulphers ; or long in duration big fly hatches like gray drakes/Hexagenia/Isonychia.3- Or in the " poaching" mode eating eggs behind larger migratory fish like salmon, steelhead and where they live in very good populations, SUCKERS: a.k.a. BUGLE NOSE/CHICAGO BROWN TROUT/LIPS ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE ETC.
On Michigan's Muskegon and Manistee, where enormous resident and migratory populations exist, spawning takes place in May once the waters hit 54F. They spawn right next to steelhead and on the same gravel. They also eat steelhead eggs , but when the suckers spawn on top of the steelhead redds, they do not disturb the previously laid steelhead eggs since they do not dig deep enough to disrupt the very carefully laid and buried trout eggs 
  ( a May egg poaching big brown laying on the lip of redds looking for steelhead, sucker eggs and dislodged nymphs )
So....find the gravel spawning suckers and rest assured you find big browns and bows lying in wait for the protein rich egg smorgasbord- plain and simple, if you like nymphing and want a real trophy! 
Several notes: once a trout has been hooked and released on sucker egg imitations, it will become extremely wary and selective/reflective. Another component of the biological drift released by the 'san Juan' shuffle of suckers spawning are mayfly and stonefly nymphs, caddis and midge larvae. The larger wiser trout eventually target the meatier nymphs and will ignore sucker eggs since they are so tiny. They will target the larger 'clumps' of sucker eggs, but the individual eggs are very, very tiny. They will become very tippet shy so fluorocarbon- 4lb/5x is advised. Be cognizant of the backwash, reverse upwelling currents the ledge off the gravel bar creates- the trout often face downstream looking for the upwelling biological drift 
It's not 'purest pursuits' - I'd rather fish dry flies myself, BUT!...if you are looking for a real trophy, now is the time for it.
( May sucker spawn box- Yellow McFly foam is perfect for the eggs tied in lobes on Daiichi # 14/16 x120 heavy hooks- also Chinook/trout fry will look for the eggs since they are so tiny and the big meat eater browns will hammer them in addition
ENJOY!

Friday, May 15, 2015

THE ENIGMATIC GRAY DRAKE HATCH-JUNE SELECTIVITY CLINICS

(emergence images JGM Miller)

SELECTIVITY MASTER CLINICS-2015
'THE ENIGMATIC GRAY DRAKE HATCH'
JUNE 5/6/7th
JUNE 12/13/14th
GRAY DRAKE LODGE/MICHIGAN
www.graydrake.com

with Matt Supinski
Matt Supinski has been guiding and chasing the mysterious and perplexing gray drake hatch for over 25 years- it has become an obsession with him so much that he named the lodge and business after the elusive yet massive vast hatch that brings huge trout to the surface for over 8 weeks each year. Last year's cool/wet spring saw epic hatches which bodes well for the upcoming weeks since the cool wet weather trend continues- siphlonurus mayflies love this!!! Do to the fickle nature of this gorgeous mayfly's terrestrial and stream bottom existence, combined with weather, temperature, habitat, droughts/floods and very unique emergence cycles, make this a hatch an enigma. You only hit it 'just right' once in awhile- most of the time you are baffled by why a spinner fall didn't happen despite all conditions perfect, the bizarre nature of its emergence and how the nymphs migrate, the extreme ultra selective/reflective nature of the fish, and then the few times when you actually have the best dry fly action of your lifetime!
We will teach you the intricate details of this hatch and make it more 'user friendly' so it won't be that hatch that has mesmerized and confounded fly fishers for centuries.


AGENDA

FRIDAY NIGHT
*CHECK IN, MICRO BREWS 
* SELECTIVITY POWERPOINT PRESENTATION ON THE GRAY DRAKES/PATTERNS AND SELECTIVE TROUT FEEDING TECHNIQUES TO ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE HATCHES SIPHLONURUS MAYFLIES PRESENT
SATURDAY MORNING 
*GOURMET BREAKFAST
*AM GUIDED GRAY DRAKE SPINNER FALL ( BIG MISCONCEPTION IS THAT THE BEST SPINNER FALLS ARE IN THE EVENING- QUITE THE CONTRARY !)
AFTERNOON
*FISHING THE SOFT HACKLE WETS/SUNKEN SPINNERS/FLY TYING (BRING YOUR FLY TYING KITS AND PATTERN IDEAS- WE WILL SHARE OURS!
EVENING
*GOURMET DINNER ON THE RIVER
*PM GUIDED FLY FISHING FOR THE EVENING SPINNER FALL WHICH CAN BE PROLIFIC AND BRINGS OUT SOME OF THE LARGER BROWNS THAT ARE PHOTO PHOBIC- HERE YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF A TROPHY BROWN OR RAINBOW ON THE DRY!
SATURDAY ONCE OFF THE RIVER
*HANG OUT ON THE DECK BY THE FIRE PIT/HOT TUB,  HAVING LIBATIONS/CIGARS/TALL TALES AND WEE INTO THE NIGHT HOUR CHATTER ABOUT THE BIG ONE THAT GOT AWAY!- MORE CEREBRAL DISCUSSION ON GRAY DRAKES AND ALL THINGS TROUT
SUNDAY MORNING
*GOURMET BREAKFAST
 *AM SPINNER FALL IN OUR RIFFLES AND FISH UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD ENOUGH!- DEPARTURE AT YOUR LEISURE
* FOR THOSE WANTING MORE,SUNDAY NIGHT GUIDING AND MONDAY ARRANGEMENTS ARE ANOTHER OPTION

PRICE PER PERSON- 525.00 FOR THE WHOLE WEEKEND, INCLUDES: LODGING, GOURMET MEALS, FLIES, TACKLE, GUIDING AND CLINIC/FLY TYING

For reservations and more details/also custom arrangements:




231-250-2846/ 231-250-2845

WE POST UPDATES CONSTANTLY  ON SOCIAL MEDIA
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS MAGNIFICENT HATCH, 'SELECTIVITY': THE BOOK AND DVD, WILL GIVE YOU A BROAD SCOPE INTRODUCTION 










Thursday, May 14, 2015

GREAT LAKES TROUT,STEELHEAD AND SALMON SEMINAR-ST.JOSEPH, MI- INN HARBOR SHORES


'JOURNEY INTO THE FISH'S MIND'- NEW FRONTIERS FOR GREAT LAKES TROUT, STEELHEAD AND SALMON'
SEMINAR BY AUTHOR/GUIDE/ ADVENTURIST , MATT SUPINSKI
FOOD AND MICROBREW TASTING ON THE 'SPRING INTO MICHIGAN 'FESTIVAL MENU
INN HARBOR SHORES/PLANK'S TAVERN, ST.JOSEPH , MICHIGAN
MAY 23RD


This event is part of the 'Spring into Michigan' series. 

Below is the event timeline/format.
Spring into Michigan with Angler, Author, and Adventurer, Matthew Supinski
RSVP@innatharborshores.com 
3pm Ballroom doors open
3pm-6pm hors d'oeuvres from the bounty of Southwest Michigan including whitefish dip and local Farm raised organic cuts of meat- microbrew tasting with Michigan and Great Lakes microbreweries. 
4pm-6pm Matthew Supinski presents: "JOURNEY INTO THE FISH'S MIND- NEW FRONTIERS FOR GREAT LAKES TROUT, STEELHEAD AND SALMON"
6pm cocktail hour with Matt Supinski in Plank's Tavern

Cash bar ft. Founders Brewing Co.

$35 per person includes entry to the event, lite hors d'oeuvres, & beer tasting
Anglers-in-training attend for free (15 and under)


Brianne Schmidke
Director of Sales & Marketing
Main 269.983.1111 | Direct 269.408.9112
800 Whitwam Drive | St Joseph, Michigan 49085

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