Summer Time Smallmouth

photo courtesy of Kevin Feenstra

Had the opportunity to fish with good friend and fellow guide Kevin Feentra yesterday on a new section of water.  Also joining us was Jerry Darkes of ACS – The FishDog .  Jerry, Kevin and I all love the hunt for big smallmouth.  We had a banner day working new water, fishing big baitfish patterns, poppers, and the occasional crayfish pattern. With the current weather pattern smallmouth fishing in the rivers is really heating up.  With July, August, and September all really prime time to river smallmouth here in Northern Michigan.

Also hoping to announce the release of the DVD in a few more days.  A picture of the cover can be seen now on the DVD page .  We are down to the final step, more to come hopefully this week.

Big Appetite Small Mouth DVD Trailer

After 2.5 years of blood, sweat, and tears (not really). The Big Appetite Small Mouth DVD trailer is finally finished. Not trying to paint the wrong picture, but an amazing amount of work actually has gone into this project. Want to first thank Erik Rambo for all is professional video and audio work. Also want to thank Kevin Feenstra for making this a very fun and enjoyable project.

“Enjoy the trailer!

To purchase a copy of the DVD Big Appetite: Small Mouth please visit my online shop.”

 

 

Big Appetite Small Mouth DVD Trailer from Mangled Fly Media on Vimeo.

Let the Hunt for Chrome Begin

October, November, and December are the months to hunt fall steelhead.  Let the games begin!  I have the itch and the next three months are by far my favorite months to be on the water.  I’ll try to do my best to update and take some unique photo’s over the following three month period.  For more pictures and information , follow the river reports via hawkinsflyfishing.com and or find us on facebook for updated reports, and information.
Tight Lines,
Capt. Jon Ray

Carp on the Flats

B&W of a Grand Traverse Bay Carp

It’s that time of year again, time for the Golden Bones of Grand Traverse Bay.  Carp fishing on the flats is one of the most unique sight fishing adventures that a Michigan fisherman can experience.  While hundreds to thousands of carp can be seen in a days adventure, the secret to the adventure is finding the player in the schools that you are hunting.   Getting the correct angle for presentation and making the cast so the carp can find your meal that you are offering.  Just as my belief in all fishing its the presentation that matters most, not the fly!  One must learn how to present your offering properly.  While carp give us almost endless opportunities to practice our cast and our presentation.  Carp fishing is another great fishery in our outstanding state.  

Video link to a video from last year if you have not watched it yet.  Enjoy!

Indoor vs Outdoor Photography

South Bound Trucker on display

I find indoor photography much harder to do than outdoor photography.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe it’s all the prep work.  Setting up the tripod, finding the correct amount of lighting, getting the proper backdrop, and de-terming the proper depth of field.  Most of my indoor photography is step-by-step fly patterns.  Like the Russ Maddin South Bound Trucker that is on display above.  Where I shoot most my outdoor photography  free hand, and the mistakes that I make outside I can blame on mother nature, moving boat, or unhappy fish.  Where I find I have less excuses with indoor.  When a photo goes bad it’s on me.  I’m also more critical of my indoor photography.  Are the colors coming out, did I capture what the fly tier was creating.  As I continue to build my studio and purchase additional products to help with backdrops and lighting, I know I will capture better images.  Until then, enjoy some of the patterns, and hope they help you catch more fish.  Additional patterns can be found at the Hawkins Outfitters Articles page.