High skies, no bother

Still reheating after a day on the water.  High skies, pure east wind, freezing cold, iced guides,  My body has that good chapped feeling that comes with such conditions.  We fished hard for 99% of the time.  The 1% we didn’t was when I was yacking about something, looking away. 

March Madness!

Steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette River is getting tougher by the day.   With lack of precipitation, cold nights and sunny days the river is extremely low and clear.  A majority of the Fall / Winter Steelhead have now spawned and worked there way out to Lake Michigan. For

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Better and Better

The Muskegon River spring steelhead run continues to build with bright new arrivals mixed in with fish having been in the river longer.  Today was a guides’ day out with RiverQuest Captain Don Graham, who, once again, put us on steelhead.  We hooked fish all day, but our landing to

Spring Time = Streamer Time!

As the snow begins to melt and the spring slowly creeps upon us, most anglers dream of a big steelhead that returns to the rivers of North West Michigan. To others it means the chance of a Trophy Brown Trout that legends are made of!

When winter begins to loosen it’s

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

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