As I sit here writing this we are on the verge of what I hope is our last snow storm. Right now just about all of the rivers in my area (south central Upper Peninsula) have broken loose. with that being said you can see that the water is still quite cold hovering from day to day in the mid to upper 30s! Justin a friend of mine and myself each fished the same river under the same conditions less than 24 hrs apart with very different results which brings up the conversation of technique in cold pre/early spawn water.
I of course stuck to the swing thing which is my passion and Justin who is also fond of the swing game opted to throw down with the indicator rig and as you can see he was rewarded with several fish including this absolute beauty!
You see these fish have been living in extremely cold water for quite some time now and that nymph/egg rig presented drift free ticking right along the bottom is absolutely perfect for those sulking lethargic fish.
After this storm passes I am very excited to see things take off as the temperatures start to climb and we begin to say by by to old man winter!
Until next time God bless and be safe!
P.S. water is rising be very careful use things like your wading belt and a staff
P.S.S. Calendar for booking trips is updated through June and I try not to work on Sundays but under the right circumstances exceptions can be made.
Took full advantage!
We had a small break in between frigid temperatures blowing and blizzard like snow!
So I was able to get out and take full advantage of some nice temperatures and calm days fine.
Water conditions right now are low clear and cold with water temperatures hovering right around freezing.
Staying true to my game I still have been swinging the fly keeping it low and slow but on this day the D.A.N. rod did all the work!
With the coming Spring run keep in mind steelhead will soon be bedding up and when they're doing this they are kicking up lots of gravel so have your nymph box fully stocked with caddis, hex and stones.
Until next time stay warm stay dry and if it's nice out take full advantage of some beautiful winter fishing.
The past couple of weeks were great as the swing bite along with the nymph were dialed in. Now though the cold has set in and things have slowed down considerably! it is now time to if you are going to swing you need to get it low and slow. If you are going to nymph you need to bounce it right off there beak.
Water conditions right now are low, clear and cold soooooo sizing down to a smaller more modest fly will also typically work better!
Until next time God bless and be safe!
We have been hitting it pretty hard over the past 2 weeks. The big change is the water temps and anybody who chases these lake run fish knows falling temps can sloooooow things down!
Over the past few days i have seen the water temps go from about 41dgrs down to 35.7 which was this evenings official water temp.water levels have jumped up a bit across the U.P. with the resent rains but as I said the air and water temps are falling fast!
The swing bite is still producing a fish or two with the nymph/indicator rig and center pinners doing well!
Until next time GOD bless and stay warm!
Wow is the only way to describe what its like to be a fisherman in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan right now.
Two weeks or so ago iI was begging for some rain and boy did we get it! Now that the rivers have started to come down to what I call manageable we have had the opportunity to get out for some absolutely fantastic fall fishing!
The local trout streams that are open year round (check your reg book) are doing fantastic with the streamer bite doing well and during those what are now rare 50 dgr and sunny days look for a bwo hatch!
As far as the lake run fishing goes the salmon (king) run is all but over but we have had of late a GREAT push of lake run browns and steelhead into the systems again thanks to the water.
Water temps are ranging from the low 40s to the upper 30s with both the nymphing and swinging of flies bringing good results!
Until next time GOD bless and be safe!
You know they say that the Upper Peninsula is God's country. During the last lights of summer in the beginning of fall it sure would seem that way. At least for the fisherman! Right now the trout streams are in fantastic shape with Caddis bwos a few light cahills and some terrestrials floating around and let's not forget about the streamer junkie in us all as streamer fishing is hot hot hot right now!
and this year if you're looking to chase the lake run fish ie; King Salmon Cohoes pinks or get into some steelhead or Lake run Browns we have it all as the rains that we've had in the last 10 days have surely raise the water levels of the rivers giving the lake run fish a big push into our streams and river systems.
Until next time be safe and God bless!
The dog days of summer are upon us. Michigan is one of many states that is under a heat watch right now. With the warmer temperatures come higher water temperatures. Doing things such as going barbless and quick release points are all things that are positive for protecting these fish.
currently in the southern Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan there are like Cahill's stoneflies Caddis some leftover Brown Drake's and on certain river systems in the upper peninsula the hexes beginning.
Stay safe be careful and God bless!
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