Monday, September 15, 2014



Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Tonight, while driving thru a monsoon rain flood, Tornado warnings / watches on my way to do a seminar in Pittsburgh at International Angler...then going to experience tomorrow the new global "cooling", I think there is a million dollar book expose on " how to survive the global climate change and be a fly fishing guide- or not!" Seriously, we went from a cold summer, to a hot early fall, to "ice age' coming in next week. ...if you don't think migrating salmonids are confused..I'm sorry- they are!
Summer steelhead still trickle in on the St. Joe...the big newcomer will be the 450,000 stocked Platte River wild cohos that are a month late...both in IN in Trail Creek and the Joe
Midge and caddis stuffed browns and rainbows are sucking in mega bugs below Croton to Newaygo- lower river has steno/heptagenia hebe cahills and tiny Pseudo bwo's...last week saw the river temps rise ..but now will on the MO feed on the surface until 74F due to all the dissolved oxygen...BUT!...fight them quick,,,hemos for fly out of mouth...only take pics when water is below 68F..."TRICK" barbless, and when they come into your gel rubber net...they pop out on their own..90% of time! soon as they bounce off the trampline net!..:)
Salmon...this big flush of water will move them fast!
Please check out my three Facebook pages...Yeahh..Yeah!..I KNOW ALL THE REAL BAD ASS COOL DUDES DON'T DO FACECRACK!...whatever dude!....but nobody reads blogs anymore..almost gone the way of the Yellow Pages..:(..SORRY!
SELECTIVITY TSS is a good Facebook place to zdrowie

OOOPS!...forgot, I'll be at International Angler tomorrow night...Paint Creek Rod and Fly Festival...Clinton Valley TU Saturday Sept. 13.....West Michigan TU- Steelhead Symposium- October- Founders Brewery...Casters Fly Shop..Dave Hise..Asheville North Carolina, November 28/29...and PA Steelhead Association - December 10th..all clinics and stream side events

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Traditional comets and bosses, west coast California style like Bill Schaadt days and the Russian river gunslingers!...most exciting pool fishing in Great throwing thunder sticks on a fly rod!
AND!!!!..for those of you who wondered why I didnt cover Pacific salmon in my Selectivity book?...chapter would be one sentence ,"48 hours A/A...then all P/D downhill from there"

'RIVERS OF A LOST COAST'....sums it up!

Saturday, August 16, 2014


Ever since the FERC relicensing for stable flows on the Muskegon, Big Manistee and AuSable occurred back in the early 90's the diptera/simulium midge populations have steadily been building- THIS SUMMER THEY ARE EXPLODING TO EPIC PROPORTIONS! At dusk below Croton and Tippy dams the midges are so thick you will need a mesh mask to breath...thick is an understatement! The trout still key in on the continuing to grow in  abundance cinnamon and little green caddis hatches, tiny Pseudo olives, steno cahills etc., but once the midges are on the water at dusk, they chow down on them by the thousands nightly. Midge pupae and emergers will take good trout up to 18 inches all day before the caddis afternoon/dusk hatches.
Midges love the detritus from the pond/reservoir releases as food- plus decaying fecal matter from zebra mussels fuels their food chain with the vegetation- just like scuds which are becoming a stable food source for Muskegon trout year round just like on all other tailwater/spring creek environments. Your same midge/bwo/scud boxes you use for spring creeks (20-28#) work great on the Muskegon- 7x a must!
Yeah...all the kool/bad ass buzz is about throwing big streamers !...but if you want a real true fly fishing challenge at the highest and most pure level...midging is the real deal- ask the San Juan/spring creek boys . Fooling a large trout on a size #22 you tied is beyond cool!.... not a Michigan tradition yet except for maybe the purists on the Au Sable. But if you want to catch big selective/reflective trout year round- mostly summer and dead of winter when trout rise on the Mo and Big Man even on the coldest snowiest days...MIDGING IS THE NEW SUPER GLORY HATCH!...GET YOU OPTICIAN TO GIVE YOU A CHECK UP AND BIFOCALS AND GO HAVE FUN!...its contagious...NEXT WEEK- MIDGE PATTERNS FOR MICHIGAN TAILWATERS
( my biggest spring creek/tailwater trout yet -28 in.-came on my WMD ( weapon of midge destruction) #24 midge pupae in Wisconsin Driftless area-big fish love midges cause nobody is tormenting them with midges- big streamers they see all the time and yawn-except at night in the A/A kill artist phase- there they are lethal- Tommy Lynch knows!
( the same midge /scud boxes you use on spring creeks work well all year on Michigan tailwaters- late summer/fall-cream and tan are the colors- black is winter)

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