Fishing Report 4/21/19

Happy Easter Everyone!

We are starting to see more and more familiar faces at the shop as days get warmer and we inch towards the opening of Michigan’s trout season. Of course many of the rivers we love now have extended season that allow us to fish year round but

Tying Knots in Low Light

Tying knots in low light Like many of you as I’ve aged, knots are more difficult to tie as the sun goes down. These old eyes aren’t what the used to be. Through the years, out of necessity, I’ve discovered a few tricks to make tying knots in low


The Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School has returned to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa just east of downtown Traverse City. Orvis Michigan will once again offer both one and two day schools. Conveniently located only a few minutes from downtown Traverse City, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will

April 19, 2019

We are hosting our spring river Clean-up tomorrow, April 20, 2019. 9am at the shop to meet and take sections then 6pm at my pole barn for dinner… (Please call the shop and let them know how many for dinner. It will help us in planning! 231-745-3529) We will cover

April 18th, 2019 | Spring Rains

Lots of rain lately. And snow. And any combination of the two. Typical weather for this time of year, but it seems reluctant to warm up. Thankfully the weather looks really nice next week, with temps in the mid 60’s nearly everyday. It should improve everything; fish, bugs, plants, people’s

Out like a lamb

The forecast shines from tomorrow until the first days of May like a lighthouse on the shore of trout season.  The first mayflies of the year are now hatching on the Holy Waters and Manistee.  The rivers are their spring-red color.  The remaining snow is piled on the shaded edges

The Day After The Storm!

Here’s Kurt from Ann Arbor, MI with some outstanding steelhead from the day after the winter storm this past Monday which produced snow accumulations in excess of ten inches.

Among these great steelhead include Kurt’s  two massive 18lb, 33″ bucks pictured top and bottom.  Great

April 16, 2019

We are hosting our spring river Clean-up this Saturday…April 20, 2019.  9am at the shop and 6pm at the pole barn for dinner…we will cover your car spot fees, dinner is on us, beer is flowing and river karma is available….please help us keep this amazing resource wild and scenic!

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