Keep on trying – season is almost over

So I know in my hearts of hearts that as the water temps cool, I’ll only have a couple more chances at the leaping, cartwheeling, summersaulting, jumping, kicking your butt steelhead leaps that I try to burn into the images of film (DSLR).  But here is one from the week that turned out okay.  Had a chance at true glory but had the wrong ISO and AF for the moment, and all I captured was blur.

First of the year (for me)

                                                       Day off Streamer Joy!

Getting an October day off, in the tail end of Sandy as the wind has started to die down gave me a chance to bring out the big gun and swing with the two-hander.  Running the Extreme Intermediate Skagit from SA, my favorite fall line by the way, found some nice fish to play with.

Steelhead and the fly

Manistee River Sunrise – on the search for steel

Sunrise in the morning steelhead anglers take warning.  I love the fall colors and this morning they were on full display.

Smallmouth DVD Review

Another link to a positive review of the Big Appetite Smallmouth DVD.  Check out the link at the heartlandoutdoors

After 2 years of work putting together this DVD, nice to see others are finding joy in smallmouth bass as much as I do.  If your new to this site you can find more information about the DVD at our products page.

Late Sept and early Oct is prime time for Muskie

After last years trip, had to sneak out between salmon/steelhead trips and find a couple more Musky to play with this past week.  They are the biggest baddest predator that we have here in the Midwest.  They are a special fish and I love the chase.  With possible new laws and the MDNR working hard to find new waters to plant Musky in, the future looks bright.

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!