Tuesday, April 21, 2015


( Finally maties...fresh chrome!!!, with the Great Lakes version of pacific sea lice- lamprey scars!- yes we know they are really fresh then!)
Having this be my 20th year anniversary guiding for steelhead/trout salmon( we started in 1995- I went PRO May 1995 as a disillusioned, burned out 'gone fishin' corporate international hotel senior executive...whew, that's a long title)  , I can sincerely tell you me lads and lassies,  bye golly I was petrified of what a run of steelhead was  to be had this year- spring 2015. Fishing has been, for real fly guys/gals 'touch and go'.- 'epic days-boat show days'- frustrating days all spring.

 After a dismal/pathetic/deplorable fall run of salmon , AND!!! steelhead,( torch Lake Atlantic salmon was epic! thank God), also the coldest sub zero winter on record, two years of the Great Lakes being totally frozen over due to our 'Polar Vortex', parked on the Midwest and east coast like a stubborn pit bull squatting on a butcher's slop wagon( global climate CHANGE!), I was scared shitless of what was to be... no BS!

So,  I beg you to indulge me that steelhead don't adhere/ have our Gregorian  calendar cycle, don't' know 'spring break' cycles, don't' care about what dates you and your guide re-booked for next year, cause 'you slayed them' on those dates last year!...they have 'life survival strategies' (LSS)...(see my "Selectivity book'), that tell them when 'it is right, now, do it, go, survive!'

It snowed today, water conditions stained and perfect, chrome fish pouring into the system like love -sick horny turkeys'- (yes grouse were drumming like hell, and wild tom turkey's walking around like the Macy's parade today), thus larger fresh fish have arrived and are mounting a full out assault on gravel/pools..hallelujah!!!!( funny how all of nature blends in like a perfect Copland's 'Appalachian Spring' symphonic ritual.

Fish migrate by water temp, photoperiod of daylight and flow- simple!...full moon cycles, barometric pressure changes just add to the pineal gland/ melatonin synthesis.

Ladies and gents...the run is in full swing!...for those that waited!- timing is everything or nothing!- that's fishing!

The next 6-8 weeks will be crazy!- last year we had steelhead until June 22- no shit!

So, if you think you missed it?...NOT!...we still have a few good dates to get in on the action FYI.

Yes we still have a few dates left...this is not a promotional ad,  just a fact of what is happening on the spring 15 run

"chickens have come home to roost"...thank God!

cheers!- and na zdrowie

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Flood is gone...steelhead run just starting!

From the coldest winter on record...first time Great Lakes froze over back-to back years...cold and very dry spring...epic flooding last week...now waters are receding...will the real 'global climate change', please stand up? 
AND!!!...for all practical purposes, the spring run is just starting!!!...water is 39/40F...the next 7-8 weeks will be awesome!...we still have a few good dates left if you haven't made your mind up yet....and yes !- thinks its finally safe to come out and enjoy this roller coaster ride of steelheading- never has it been more unpredictable in my lifetime!

And some nice big browns are in the river also.;)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Q&A ...asked to post this by reader


Was asked to post a reason for my obsession with selective trout, steelhead and Atlnatic salmon. This interview was fun and revealed my thoughts about the subject....cheers! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015


(let there be more light!)

The big question is what will affect steelhead migrations most this year after a hard winter and bitter cold and ice lake water and river temperatures. 

Biologists know a good amount about water temps and its affect on spring spawning movement / migrating steelhead. But steelhead need to be in the "right place at the right time" for nature's propagation of the species given to them over millions of years of forming a 'life survival strategy' for evolutionary success. 

BUT!....over the past 20 years of  guiding and writing about these creatures- in all seasons: spring, summer, fall and winter- 365!, I have concluded that photo light period measured by the fish's Pineal gland as the internal time clock for regulation of light and melatonin to be the more overpowering critical factor.

I have seen fresh run chrome migrations in bitter cold February days after full moon cycles that increased photoperiod- water temps 34F. Length of increasing daylight is also genetically imprinted in smolts and gene pools.

I firmly believe that natural selection molds variables. With global climate change at a rapid pace, temperature extremes are much more common and less reliant by the steelhead to align with temperature seasonal variations. Mama nature/ the almighty God is a great adjuster- used to being in the insurance business of insuring species success and life survival. 

Given these extreme variables, me-thinks someone out there should be doing their doctoral thesis on this current rapid fluctuation phenomenon- the steelhead are doing it on their own...ahhh- thank you  they are probably saying "ah, we got it covered mate!- savvy?

Could be a massive run/or?- this is truly an engaging time and we are all taking notes- even the biologists ! 

NOTE: Still have a few good dates available for what will be a very long and dragged out spring run- fish are a steady push now- Lake Michigan cold water temps never rebounded from last year!- thats why the quick solid freeze- global warming!  

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