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Fish Weight – Pic of the Day

Fish Weight

Its been a year of big water and big steelhead. This pic of the day symbolizes some of the size that we have been encountering. This year has been tough for me to judge the weight of some of these giants. As I’m not a fan of the boga grip to determine weight, for a variety of reasons.  Even hanging the fish in the net and then weighting the net and fish doesn’t feel very accurate. I usually go be lenght of the fish to determine the weight. As from my previous experiences a 30 inch fish was about 10 pounds, and every inch after that added a pound. But this year the fish are dimensionally / proportionally different.  Seeing girth’s on these fish that I have not seen before.  They are “thick” as we call it.

Fishing Apps

As a few fish that we caught yesterday suggest.  With length’s of 32 inches and girths of 17.5 inches.  With the help of the a little math.  We figured we had fish in the 14 pound range.  Doing some research looks like there are App’s available http://www.fishweight.net , that you don’t even need a tape measure.  I might spend the $5 and try this app, and do a product review.  More to come later.  In the mean time, I’m using this app currently to help do the math – also has a feature to choose your fish species.  As weight has to be different based on species?  I would think.  But I’m trying to learn all this, as fish this year are special, and with the colder temps, we are staring to land a few more of the giants now.

migratory fish

12 pounds on 6 weight

steelhead

Small Creek Image – Pic of the Day

spring steelhead

Spring Chrome – Pic of the Day

underwater winter steelhead

Winter Steelhead Underwater – Pic of the Day

Steelhead Eye – Picture of the Day

spring steelhead

Kamchatka Steelhead Data Research

YETI Presents: Kamchatka Steelhead Project from YETI Coolers on Vimeo.

On Russia’s eastern coast, the remote Kamchatka Peninsula is teeming with wild Steelhead, kept protected by the country’s strict endangered species regulations. Follow Dr. Kuzishchin, Big Sasha, and their group of anglers as they document and preserve the legacy of Kamchatka’s Steelhead population.

underwater steelhead photo

Pic of the Day – Underwater Steelhead by Erik Rambo

Erik Rambo captured this amazing shot of a Big Manistee River Steelhead on a bright sunny day.

February steelhead fishing

February Fly Tying and Fishing Reports

February steelhead fishing

  • Happy February!  For those ski bums out there, better get it in before it’s gone.  Winter is already on the downhill slide.  In the world of unemployed fishing guide (like myself), what February means is only 1 more month until Prime Time starts again.  New fishing reports for the Manistee River and the Muskegon River after a great weekend of weather.  With a good mix of steelhead around on the west side of the state, and new fish starting to already show up for the Spring push, things are looking good.  February has been a long time favorite, with plenty of fish around and less people.  Makes for some good fishing.
  • Fly Tying Event at Muskegon River Fly Shop  , I’ll be tying February 19th and will be focusing on baitfish patterns for Pike / Muskie.   Contact Justin to sign up.  If you can’t make the 19th, check out Drew Rosema on February 5th , Drew will be tying Steelhead Patterns.  Check out Kevin Feenstra on February 26th as well, you will not be disappointed.  Should be a great couple events, if you haven’t stopped by Justin’s shop he has one of the best fly tying selections in northern Michigan.
  • February 12-14th I’ll be in Milwaukee , WI at the Muskie Expo, if you happen to be in the area stop by.  I’ll be hanging out with Brad Petzke of Rivers North, with some new things (that I can’t talk about yet) in the booth.  Plus I’ll have the new muskie shirts available, they just showed up this weekend.  They look great.  Will get them on the web here soon as well.  I’m looking to expand my Muskie calendar, if your interested in a trip contact me.  Going on my 5th year of chasing these amazing predators.  I look forward to learning additional water this year, and piecing together more of the puzzle.