Sunday, April 23, 2017

Amazing week of spring Steelhead hatch matching & swinging, big news massive Brown- Clinics etc...

( Geno Kelly from Boston with a massive Muskegon River 'truttasaurus" brownie this week- largest resident brown I have seen or guided a client to in 20 years of guiding. Geno's fish struck a salmon fry pattern in a mid-depth trough below gravel )

It was an amazing and productive week of spring steelheading- perhaps the best we have experienced in 5 years IMHO. High water levels and tons of rain kept fresh fish coming in all week.
( Bill Sweet from Ann Arbor with a gorgeous chrome hen from 4/22- a black stonefly eater)
( Bill Zwicky from Chicago with a crimson king buck male that hammered a salmon fry)
( matching the hatch steelheading- fry and stones)
( An article I wrote for Fly Fisherman a few years back, details the spring run. "Linning gravel" is not what its all about BTW. Our 'POTAMODROMOUS" ( freshwater- to freshwater) steelhead retain the urge to eat or at least facsimile the attack/ predator response much stronger and longer than their west coast cousins due the the forgoing of the salinity regulation/hepatic system physical dimension that puts a different perspective to the game. West coast steelhead are primarily " attack/spatial niche aggressors- larger intruder style flies etc. Great Lakes fish can "somewhat eat"- matching the hatch of eggs, nymphs, sculpins/dace/leeches, salmon fry is the key to spring steelheading.  


( Fresh aggressive pre-spawn fish and drop-back candidates are ideal for Skagit/Scandi swinging. Black with red /orange, or white intruders simulating baitfish are best swinging options.)
Last few days we have seen massive early black stone fly hatches


 And, as the water levels drop and warm, more trout and smaller steelhead will respond to them on the surface. One stomach/throat sample I took Friday had the fish teeming with stonefly nymphs and steelhead eggs. 
Saw the first few morels pop the other day and as it warms up there will be more on the way with all the moisture we have had

With the higher water levels we will see the steelhead continue to ascend the Muskegon all through May like normal.
I can't wait for the Gray Drake hatches
( an early evening spinner flight of the drakes)

(the gray drake #10 mayfly lasts for 6 weeks on the Muskegon and brings up some massive browns and rainbows- spinner falls are both in the mornings and evenings and start around the 10th of May and last through early July

 The larger browns and rainbows held over nicely from last summer despite being one of the hottest and driest summers on record . The resilience of the Muskegon's spring -fed aquifer ecosystem of  of cold spring water infusion throughout its entire rocky/sand gradient moraine is a testimonial to this magnificent trout and wild steelhead and salmon producing world -class river


TROUT SELECTIVITY CLINICS: 
I have four new " ON STREAM"  in-depth Selectivity spring creek, classic freestone and tailwater river  clinics this spring/summer- would love to see you there!...click on links attached for more info and reservations
May 5th, 6th and 7th
Mad River Outfitters- Columbus/Dayton, Ohio


MAY 20th  and  21st 
Housatonic River Outfitters, Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut 
JUNE 3RD AND 4TH
NOMAD ANGLERS, GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN- ROGUE RIVER HATCH MATCHING CLINIC

JULY 15TH AND 16TH 
BIGHORN RIVER ANGLER, MONTANA

  
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!- WE STILL HAVE GOOD DATES AVAILAIBLKE IN MAY AND JUNE!
CHEERS!
Matt & Laurie Supinski