I know, I know, it has been a severely long time since my last post. I apologize. Fish, work, cabin chores, and graduating from my final college class (at least for a while) has kept me pretty busy. The shift in concentration from Steelhead to trout has already occurred, and I followed accordingly.
For the most part, I should say. Yesterday, I went on a reconnaissance mission for a client up to one of my favorite late-run Steelhead rivers. After receiving more than one inch of run the previous two days, I expected the river to be full of chrome. Instead, I arrived to a gin-clear river that looked as if it hadn't gotten rain in weeks. After walking close to 6 miles and spotting only 4 Steelhead, I think things have pretty well wrapped up there.
As for the trout fishing front, this spring has been truly amazing. Hatches have been heavy, with nice trout coming up to the bugs most nights, depending on weather, temperature, and (of course!) numerous other factors, some known and unknown. We have landed several nice mid-teen fish, and have had shots at some that were much larger.
Streamer fishing last week was somewhat of an enigma. After the first day of great dry fly fishing, the clouds opened and the rain came down. One would have thought that the soaking would have provided great streamer fishing the next couple days. Instead, I was blanked on streamers until Monday, when I lost a whopper at the boat because of a botched net job (it happens sometimes) and landed 2 other teenagers. We rolled A BUNCH of fish.
I love trout fishing. Dry flies and big trout are my passion. Its what I started doing with my dad some 17 odd years ago, its what inspired me to become a guide, and its what I love to put clients on most. There is NOTHING that compares to watching a large snout come up to sip mayflies from the surface film. Just thinking about it puts shivers down my spine.
I have been working on new patterns, perfecting old ones, and researching patterns for the future. I am getting very excited about the hatch fishing this year! For a taste of what I have been up to, I want to share a few photos from some memorable days on the water. They are from my last steelhead trip to a West Michigan river with my dad and a good friend. Enjoy.
Dano with a HUGE dropback female
My dad's first fish on a bobber
This hen put on an INCREDIBLE fight! Just ask my dad...
Super chrome female.