Thursday, November 17, 2011

OMG!.......NOT ANOTHER WORLD RECORD!......SWING-A-DONG-DING-DONG!........AND THE BIG STEELS COMMIN!

( What could have been???......I had to help Murphy hold this!)
( Pantano the Skagit master and best steelhead fly tyer I've seen!......Senyo?........this guy ties some remarkable sh.....it!)
Sorry for the long delay in posting!....its been a long two weeks on the river with great clients!
First let's start with John Murphy..............boy is that man always in the right place at the right time!. On a snow filled nasty day we drove north to our fall Landlocked Atlantic salmon destination........saw some of the biggest Atlantics I've ever seen there!........even bigger than last years world record! After spotting a pair of huge cruising atlantics, Johnny. under my careful fly selection hooked a pig that took him out intro the lake and his backing with Gaspe -like 4 foot high aerial leaps! This fish was in the low to mid 20 lb range and dammit I didn't have a Boga or tape with me ..........it was really close to last years record!
 Also, on the following trip with Scott Faley, long time freind and Washington D.C. attorney, and friend Mark Follett from Green Bay, Wisconsin, we casted to some 25-30lbers cruising in a very skittish fashion in a snow whiteout!
Scott hit a nice steelhead on the Muskegon and Mark had some great opportunities.
 Finally , enter Phil Pantano and George- the two handed Skagit Masters from Greenwich, Connecticut who I am guiding for 7 days........these dudes are very serious with their full arsenal of Burkheimer custom rods, their amazing fly tying abilities and their nose for swinging flies. Using 22 foot compact Airflo Skagits, T-14 heads between 10 and 20 feet and Phils new'Hang-time" string leeches, we have crushed some really hot steelhead on the swing for the past 5 days- two to go.

 Having a late start cause of the cold and snow, I'm sure their will be more to come.
 The GOOD NEWS IS!!!!!!!! SEVERAL THINGS1.................bigger steelhead are just starting to come in on the last full moon.............the DNR stocked Torch Lake with Atlantics a few weeks back............YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!........and with all the fish in the system, December should be a great month!

( Murphy's pig atlantic!)


 Got to get dressed and get on the river!....Cheers
 And this week's featured shore lunch!
( Grilled Mongolian T-bone Angus steak, with carmelized Vidalia onion, new potatoes with rosemary and red pepper and grilled red bell pepper in olive oil, Portabella mushrooms!........yummm!)