Picture of the Day – Russ Maddin Smallmouth Bass

Had the pleasure of fishing with Russ Maddin yesterday fellow guide and Scott Pro Staff member.  Even though Russ and I live in the same town and work for the same company, Hawkins Outfitters.  With what I call “life” consuming so much of our time, days spent together on the water do not happen enough.  So getting a chance to watch one of the fishiest kids I know go to work with a streamer rod in his hands.  Is a great day on the water.

Russ by far has some of the sickest streamer patterns around for trout, and the smallmouth loved them too.  With August here at our door step some of the best river smallmouth fishing of the season is upon us, check out my new DVD for additional flies, tactics, and pointers on catching more smallmouth in a river.

Big Appetite Small mouth DVD is now available!

Happy to announce the Big Appetite Small Mouth DVD is now available, I have copies of the DVD in stock and ready to ship.  Here is a link to the products page to purchase your copy.  Thank you to everybody for their patience as this  project was an amazing experience.  Thank you Kevin Feenstra and Erik Rambo, it was an honor to work with both of you for the past 2 years.

Big Appetite, Small Mouth contains beautiful imagery of one of the great warm water fish, the smallmouth bass.  Footage includes fly tying and fishing with streamers, crayfish patterns, and surface poppers.  If you are an experienced smallmouth angler, or just getting in to it, you will enjoy this exciting DVD!

DVD Cover

Just wanted to share the cover to the DVD.

 

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.

Picture of the Day – First Topwater Smallmouth of the season

Love my smallmouth bass fishing.  Had a chance to get out and explore new water yesterday, and found bass looking up!  And as a FYI, going through the finally editing process for the upcoming Smallmouth DVD, should be done soon.

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.

Warmwater on Summer Days

With the dog days of summer upon us, there are pretty much a couple things you can do right now when it comes to fishing in Michigan. 1) Trout fishing with hoppers and furballs, 2) Warm-water species i.e. smallmouth and largemouth or 3) count the days until steelhead start showing up. I for one love my steelhead but also love the pursuit for the warm-water species. I personally think that smallmouth are the hardest fighting fish that we have in the great lakes area, pound for pound. They are also the most aggressive fish that we have, their curious nature usually gets the best of them when it comes to fishing with a fly. Big flashy flies both streamers and poppers get these fish to smash your offering. Also I believe that smallmouth are the best cross training fish that we have, that we need to use them as an angler to better ourselves as casters and fish fighters. It may seem simple but little techniques can be perfected on a smallmouth river that you can use later when fishing for trout, steelhead, or salmon. When opportunities might not be as plentiful (i.e. swinging flies for steelhead), but the practice of smallmouth has prepared you and your ready to cash in. The next 8 weeks are prime with July, Aug, and September being the best months. September is becoming one of my favorites as most anglers are hitting river mouths looking for Kings, Tippy Dam reservoir can be flooded with large smallmouth with the feed bag on. Make sure to take advantage of the warmwater season and cross train your angling skills.