From the same project that shows the B&W Fly swimming, here is a screen shot from the video shot of my Scott T3H ripping up the water on the Manistee River. I bought a Scott 1288 T3H and it’s an absolute gun. Fell in love with this rod as soon as I first got it wet this fall. Can handle any situation that I throw at it. Big heavy flies or longer bellies and lighter bugs. Rod just matches my casting style and everything Michigan big river fishing has to offer.
Had the chance to work with Rick Kustich and have a couple images in his new book, Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead. The book includes Tactics for Great Lakes steelhead, including new two-handed and switch rod techniques and Spey and Tube flies. Specifics on key rivers and streams in each of the Great Lake states, including the Big Manistee! Understanding steelhead behavior, choosing where to fish, and reading the water.
Check out Rick’s website for additional information and visit your local fly shop and purchase yourself a copy. I highly recommend it!
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.
Had the pleasure of photographing for the first time a Barred Owl. This will be something I don’t think I will ever forget, if you get the chance ask me the story. It’s a whopper to say the least. Makes no sense to type it out here, as nobody will believe me anyway. But one of the more jaw dropping events I have ever seen, while trout fishing the upper Manistee. Thank you Mrs. Barred Owl for sharing your morning with us.
Ed McCoy and I ventured down the Manistee River yesterday throwing around one of the standard early season dry flies the Medium Brown Stone (video link) . Ed and I drummed up some nice fish on the boon dog, and then setup and zapped some smaller fish eating Hendrickson spinners. Here is a picture of Ed holding a nice 15″ brown that could not let the stimulator go by. Used a 15mm Canon Fish Eye lens for this photo. Some of the most overlooked dry fly fishing of the season is early May. No crowds and plenty of chances at decent trout.