August 15, 2019

Sorry for the long delay in reports.  After a very busy June and early July guiding, I took some time off to spend with family and friends.  Plus, our annual trip to Alaska just wrapped up (see details below).  Things are good here with not much to report.  I think

Doing something new

All spring — all that dirty, cold water spring — I waited for a morning like yesterday.  A clear, weedy Au Sable with trout scattering from the boat shadow, podded up on tricos, eating tiny nymphs in the drop-offs suspended from a small dry via 8x fluoro.  We didn’t catch

August 13th, 2019 | Foam Season

Despite the low water and hot temperatures, fishing has been solid. Getting plenty of trout on hoppers, ants, and nymphs. A big foam hopper twitched along the bank can yield some surprising results. By far, the most important aspect of this approach is stealth. With the water the way it

Fishing Report 8/12/19


We’ve been lucky this year to have good summer water temperatures for trout fishing. Trout have been happy to slam dry fly presentations until about mid day when most everything shuts down in the mid-day sun. If you’re an early bird, take some small tricos with you and target

Cool down

Night fishing is full of gaffs.  The other night, Denny and I thought a logjam had mysteriously disappeared — we even speculated about who or what might have moved it — only to find it in the same place it’s always been, just upstream of the glow of my red

  • Source: Gates Au Sable Lodge
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Absolutely Perfect!

August 7, 2019

in Smallmouth Bass by Absolutely Perfect!

Great day fly fishing the Muskegon River today with two of my dearest colleagues and friends from my teacher/administrator days with the Jenison Public Schools! Dave Dresslar, the retired superintendent, and Tom TenBrink, the current superintendent, annually

August 7 2019

Finally…..the kings are here…although the numbers have varied from trip to trip, there are some really big fish around. Monday we boated a 32 pound king and a 29 pound king. Hope the fishing holds and even improves as we go through the next few weeks.

Flashers and meat rigs

  • Source: Rivers Bend Guide Service
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