Entries by Jon Ray

Two Great Blue Herons eating Pike

Had the opportunity to shoot two different Great Blue Herons enjoying a shore side lunch this week.  I have never seen this before a Heron eating a Pike, but in less that one week it happened on two separate occasions. Great Blue Herons now have my attention to say the least with how they hunt […]

2018 XL Steelhead

XL Steelhead I like to think of the steelhead season like a hockey game.  It has three periods to the game, that last a total of 6-7 months.  Period one is the Fall-Run, then Winter Steelhead, and the final period is Spring Steelhead. In the first period of this game, the Fall Run  we have […]

Pic of the Day – Swing Hat and Kings

Joe Custer with his lucky Mangled Fly Swing Hat ( will be restocking this item soon!) sent in this pic from a recent trip to BC staying at the  Dean lodge at BCWest with Deneki Outdoors. If this trip interests you contact Kara Knight is lodge manager. karak@deneki.com Shane McKay is head guide and in the picture […]

SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity

SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity A new line was introduced in the past month the SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity  and have had the pleasure to test it out over the last month.  Line showed up during Hex Season, even though my go to line for Hex is the Glow Line , but I have a few […]

Nervous Net Job

Not too often a trout makes me nervous when I’m in charge of the net, but a new PR on a Michigan Brook Trout. Most my PR’s are measured in lbs, but this MI jewel set a new bar. #brooktrout #hawkinsoutfitters #mangledfly #scottflyrods #fishthetruth A post shared by Mangledfly (@mangledfly) on Jun 10, 2018 at […]

Big Eyes Means they are close

Recently learned that as mayfly nymphs grow, especially March Browns, Cahill’s, and Hex the eyes really get big right before the hatch.  A macro shot of a Hex nymph we found in the mud looking for what else is hatching.  Based on his eyes, we are not too far away.  Want to learn more about […]

Drier Dry Flies

Did a video on the Hawkins YouTube channel about a trick I learned a few years ago from angler Larry Webb.  Had to share this simple trick to keep your dry flies floating longer.  Thank you Larry for the helpful tip, has really saved my spinner patterns from an early grave.  Check out the video […]