Midge’s and Nymphs from MT

As temps once again here in MI are near record lows today for this time of year, this little brown trout clip warms the heart as truly we should only be weeks away from going trout fishing once again.

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Scud

Scuds are tiny crustaceans, close relatives of crayfish and shrimp.  As you can see they look most like shrimp.  Found this scud along the Manistee River

 

February Steelhead

Had the chance to guide the past couple days for spring steelhead.  Felt so good to get back on the water and do what I love to do.  Also I will not lie yesterday’s sun felt so so good.  Bill pictured below with a very nice Michigan spring lake-run rainbow.

 

Mi Brown Trout season is almost here, until then watch this!

The video is 16 min long, but the Mr. Brown trout they catch at the 15min mark is worth the wait. Trout season is getting so close here in Michigan, hardest part is going to be getting creative around the boat launches with all our snow pack.  Until then a little Oregon trout fishing video.

Fly Minnow’s and Jigs

If you have heard me talk about smallmouth the past couple years you know all about the crabbing technique, well  the annual spring minnow hatch (salmon fry) has started on the most of our western streams, steelhead and trout are taking notice.  Using the same techniques that I use for smallmouth (chapter 3 of the DVD) , only instead of using a crayfish or hellgrammite pattern, but fishing with a 1-2″ minnow pattern and a float (bobber) can bring a couple extra fish a day.  One of the perfect size steelhead jigs that I’ve found is made by Wapsi, I like them in 1/32 size 6 or 1/16 size 4.  Here is a link to FishUSA.  I powder paint mine to match the colors that I like, white, pink, light blue, and black.  But fishing a small baitfish pattern near the bottom dead drift style in the spring is worth the little extra effort.

Never stood on the Manistee before

So I have to admit I probably could of gone farther out into the river, but I was a scaredy cat.  I am pictured below at the boat ramp of rainbow bend standing out pasted the end of the ramp in about 4-5 foot of water.  That was enough for me.  To say the least the lower end of the Manistee River has some shelf ice.

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Dam Nation

DamNation – Official Film Trailer from Patagonia on Vimeo.

 

For more information, check out http://www.DamNationFilm.com

This powerful film odyssey across America explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Dam removal has moved beyond the fictional Monkey Wrench Gang to go mainstream. Where obsolete dams come down, rivers bound back to life, giving salmon and other wild fish the right of return to primeval spawning grounds, after decades without access. DamNation’s majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move us through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.