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Pic of the Day – 2018 Fall Steelhead Run

The 2018 Fall Steelhead run has begun, so far size of the fish is very impressive.  Looking forward to the next 2 months.  Make sure to check out the fishing reports for the Manistee River and the Muskegon River for more pictures and updated information.  Hope to see you out there, have a great fall.

 

Biggest so far on the Swing (this year)

Nice part about battling the big boyz of the 2013 fall steelhead with the streamer rod, is that you can battling them with 12-15 pound test tippet.  Pictured below is Robert from OK with the largest steelhead landed so far with a streamer.  Great fish Robert. Would guess the fish to be 14-15 pounds.

 

Picture of the Day – Hoodie and Steel

Dan C. with a super silver fall steelhead from the Manistee River.  Dan also sporting a Mangled Fly Hoodie.  (MFM green can barely be seen, but it’s there) With the forecast of 40’s and mix (rain/snow) the down puffs and hoodie will be a staple the rest of the year.  Steelhead fishing is pretty darn good right now.  Thank you Dan for a great day.

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Big this Year

Better get ready to rumble this year, as fish are bigger than normal on the West side.  Pictured is Jon with a big boy from the Manistee River from this Friday, Oct 11th.  Two-Handed rods are start to come out, as heavy angling pressure is pushing the fish off of the gravy train and into the spots I call home.

 

Fireman pants and chrome

The contrast of the bright orange pants with the green tree line, and the pure beauty of a Michigan fall run steelhead.  I love taking pictures of these fish.

Fall Colors

Colors seem to explode yesterday morning (once the rain stopped), this bank along the Manistee River always has great color and is a wonderful back drop for anglers as we search for chrome.

As the sun rises, the colors explode along the Manistee River.

Underwater Steelhead – Pic of the Day

Erik Rambo shot a video of a cool release shot of a steelhead swimming away along the sand in the lower river.  This video was shot this week in the high sun so we had good light and low clear water provides for a perfect effect. Took the video and converted it to a jpeg and found this shot that is hard to get with just a camera.  Thank you Erik.

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.

Splish Splash Steelhead Taking a Bath – Pic of the Day

Fall Steelhead do some crazy and wild things, trying to capture these events on film are almost as hard as getting one to eat on a tight line.  Streamer season has started and let the games begin.

New Hawkins Steelhead Video

Just uploaded a new Hawkins Steelhead Video Highlight.  Had the chance to capture hours of footage and here is a short 4 min clip from the banner 2011 fall.  Hope to create another video during the next few weeks.  Hope you enjoy!