Hendrickson Hair Wing Dun

Hendricksons are the season’s first significant mayflies to both anglers and trout. The Hairwing Dun has a great profile, allows anglers to skitter the fly in front of selective fish to elicit a strike and can easily altered into an emerger pattern or represent other hatches of mayflies.

Mid March Fly Fishing Report

As the sun radiates off the water and the chirp of birds in the background is equally welcomed, it’s apparent that the longer days and increased sunshine has Spring Steelhead fishing on angler’s minds.  The local rivers including the Manistee and Betsie have a mixed bag of winter and fresh

Amazing week at the Gray Drake- March 12-16 th- some stunning Steelhead ,Browns and resident rainbows !

              (Kevin Nelson from Indiana with a stunning hen steelhead on the swing-3/16…congrats Kevin!!)Despite brutal cold winter weather, wind chills, ice water temps and snow, my clients and I had an epic week at the Gray Drake! Thanks to Matt from Ohio, Ron from

Muskegon River Fishing Report – March 15, 2018 – Newaygo, Michigan

Muskegon River Fishing Report – March 15, 2018 – Newaygo, Michigan

Frank holds a quality Muskegon river steelhead as son Michael gets in on the photo opp !

The Muskegon river fishing report for March 15, 2018 in the Newaygo, Michigan area is about the 2018 spring steelhead run, which

Michigan DNR fishing report for March 15

Northwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: The return of winter has slowed things down. River steelhead fishing is decent in the lower stretches. Water levels were low and clear levels which makes fishing a little more difficult. Ice on the inland lakes is unpredictable. Caution needs to be used.

Bear River: In Emmet County had reports of some steelhead starting to run.

Betsie River: Steelhead are being caught.

Manistee: Coho salmon and brown trout fishing is picking up for those trolling along the beach. There is one dock in at the First Street launch. Pier anglers caught a couple steelhead and brown trout.

Big Manistee River: Steelhead fishing is decent in the lower river.

Ludington: A few hardy anglers trolling or pier fishing caught steelhead and brown trout. Those trolling were in 10 to 20 feet along the beach.

Pere Marquette River: Steelhead fishing picked up from the Twin Bridges at US-31 to Lake County but cold temperatures have once again slowed the bite.

Pentwater River: Has steelhead for those braving the cold weather.


Southwest Lower Peninsula

Overall: Coho salmon and brown trout fishing was picking up in the waters south of St. Joseph. Most of the action came when trolling along the beach but some anglers were going out to 200 feet when the weather allowed.

St. Joseph River: Although river levels are still higher than normal, steelhead action was good as the fish ladders are open and steelhead could be seen. Boat anglers were doing best but shore anglers caught a few.

Dowagiac River: Anglers caught a couple steelhead up near the Pucker Street Dam.

Kalamazoo River: Water levels were still a bit high but anglers have caught steelhead and walleye up near the Allegan Dam.

Grand River at Grand Rapids: Although river levels are still higher than normal, steelhead action was good with a number of fish observed at 6th Street. Walleye were also being caught at a slower pace but they are definitely in the river. Steelhead are being caught in Prairie Creek in Ionia County.

Rogue River: Is also producing some steelhead.

Muskegon: Pier anglers were getting the occasional steelhead.

Muskegon River: Water levels continue to drop and the water clarity was still stained. Steelhead fishing was good but the cold and snow will slow the bite.

White River: Steelhead were caught but the cold spell slowed the bite.

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A fish of a lifetime

Both my kids are in that childhood stage of trying to decide which of their classmates is their best friend.  Which kind of makes me think about this notion of a fish of a lifetime.  I think there was a time that I was searching for a – singular —

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