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.
Have some exciting things in the works with Snap T Pictures again. As Erik Rambo and I contiunue to combine forces on projects. We have been bouncing around in the dark, and are excited about the latest project that should be done this fall after all the editing. Stay tuned to see what night vision camera’s saw in the dark.
Here is a little lesson for you to learn. You know those patterns that you fished last year that you put back in your box. Make sure to check the hook closely. As this trout taught us, after we hooked him, he made quick work of us and lost him, because the hook did not make it. This guide standby pattern had rusted out through the winter and was too weak to land a nice trout eating sulphurs.
With the official start of lamprey season (chestnut lamprey), the biggest match the hatch we have here in Michigan for our streamer program. Not that there is really a season for lamprey, but I just happened to notice they the crawled out of the mud this week. Some people have told me trout don’t eat lamprey. Okay. If they don’t eat them, I’m fine with that, but they sure don’t like them. Pictured below is a trout we caught this weekend on an imitation lamprey streamer pattern. This trout had 11 different lamprey attached to him and out of anger destroyed my simple fur and feather pattern.
Click the .pdf for more information about a new way to treat lamprey on the Big Manistee, have to be honest never seen anything like this before.
From the same project that shows the B&W Fly swimming, here is a screen shot from the video shot of my Scott T3H ripping up the water on the Manistee River. I bought a Scott 1288 T3H and it’s an absolute gun. Fell in love with this rod as soon as I first got it wet this fall. Can handle any situation that I throw at it. Big heavy flies or longer bellies and lighter bugs. Rod just matches my casting style and everything Michigan big river fishing has to offer.