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Opening Weekend – Pic of the Day

Had a great Opening Trout weekend on the Upper Manistee River, some great dry fly action on Hendrickson’s and a few Caddis.  Steelhead rods have been put away.  Trout rods are the main focus, and smallmouth and pike rods are really close by.  I love the change of season’s, and look forward to chasing some great fish this spring.

Opening day Hendrickson eater #fishthetruth #getoutside #whitingfarms #korkerslife #scottflyrods #keepemwet

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Limay River

Had the opportunity to fish the Limay a few years ago and was one of the best trout rivers I’ve ever seen.  Chuck Hawkins continues to host trips to this amazing river in Argentina , if your looking to fish the Southern Hemisphere give him a call.  Todd Moen does what he does best, showcasing this river in his one of his videos.

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Muskegon Brown Trout – Pic of the Day

This big brown had quite a kype #flyfishing #browntrout #speyfishing #thirdcoast @scientificanglers @mangledfly

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January thinking about Summer

I saw this post today on Instagram and had to share, of a massive brown trout eating a big foam fly.  Something about waking up to single digit temperatures, makes me thinking of dry fly fishing.  Maybe it’s when you can’t have something, you just want it more.  Summer can’t get here soon enough.

 

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Big Brown Pic of the Day

Kean fishing in Chile this week just sent us this picture of an impressive 23″ brown trout.  Kean continues to believe in the luck of the Mangled Fly Camo hat. (now in two shade of camo)  Nice fish Kean and glad the camo hat gives you a little extra confidence .

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Streamer Fishing article with Russ Maddin

Great article about steamer fishing featuring good friend and fellow guide Russ Maddin.  Russ, shares a few of this beliefs about streamer fishing.  Check out this article, it will help you become a better streamer fisherman.  NO matter the species you chase, from brown trout to muskie.

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#keepemwet Argentina Brown Trout

Chuck checking in from his Argentina Trip  with this #keepemwet brown trout.  Great catch and release shot, in the crystal clear waters of Argentina.

 

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My Favorite Colors from January-May

I have no affiliation with the people who make a certain product, but I have to say that some of their stuff is  brilliant.    The product that I am speaking of is ice dub, and between ice dub and the various colors of flashabou, I could guide every day with little else than thread and hook (though I do like some feathers and fur too:)).        During the months of January-March, I rely very heavily on one color family of ice dub.    The colors are olive, peacock-eye, peacock, and black peacock.     These colors seem to imitate the same things to the fish.     It could be that the sheen on this color scheme is just plain appealing to fish (it is an attractor color).   On the other hand, it could be that many of the bait fish in the river take on a peacockish tint during the winter months.

When I started looking underwater in the winter, I was surprised at just how many creatures had a bluish/green tint in the winter months.    The darter above is just one example of this color scheme in nature during the winter and spring.    Crayfish, scuds, gobies, and other fish also have this peacock overtone to their colors.

Whether it is just naturally attractive, or whether it is due to the colors occurring in nature, or some combination of the two, I am not entirely certain.    At the end of the day, these colors of ice dub just work great for catching predator fish.

Through the first half of the year, flies with this color scheme can be fished in several different ways.    They can be swung on sink tips through flat runs during the winter months for steelhead.      Another option is to fish the soft edges of the stream for resident trout with smaller olive or peacock based flies.     I really enjoy swinging wet flies for trout and this is a great extension of wet fly fishing through the winter months.   Yet another option is to tie weighted sculpins and fish them below an indicator for trout.    Often times a nymph pattern is fished on a dropper between the indicator and the weighted sculpin.

This post mentions the months of January through May.  However, as a guide, these colors are in my box year around, no matter what species I am guiding for.     Give this color family a shot on your local stream.    I am pretty sure that it will work!

Thanks for reading this!

Kevin Feenstra

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Mud Snail in the News

mud snailIf you haven’t heard their is a new invasive species in the Michigan waters, the Mud Snail.  In the past two days two new articles have been written about stopping the spread of the Mud Snail.  Links are below.  Please wash your waders, wading boots, boats and trailers if you plan on fishing different waters this spring and summer.