Black and White Manistee River – Pic of the Day

With some fresh snow and the reflection of the sky bouncing off of the Manistee River, took two seconds during a steelhead trip to take this photo. Thought the black and white gave it the look I was wanting.

New Steelhead Book

Had the chance to work with Rick Kustich and have a couple images in his new book, Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead.   The book includes Tactics for Great Lakes steelhead, including new two-handed and switch rod techniques and Spey and Tube flies.  Specifics on key rivers and streams in each of the Great Lake states, including the Big Manistee!  Understanding steelhead behavior, choosing where to fish, and reading the water.

Check out Rick’s website for additional information and visit your local fly shop and purchase yourself a copy.  I highly recommend it!

Great lakes steelhead book

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.

Manistee River Sunrise – on the search for steel

Sunrise in the morning steelhead anglers take warning.  I love the fall colors and this morning they were on full display.

Picture of the Day – Barred Owl along Manistee River

Had the pleasure of photographing for the first time a Barred Owl.  This will be something I don’t think I will ever forget, if you get the chance ask me the story.  It’s a whopper to say the least.  Makes no sense to type it out here, as nobody will believe me anyway.  But one of the more jaw dropping events I have ever seen, while trout fishing the upper Manistee.  Thank you Mrs. Barred Owl for sharing your morning with us.

Picture of the day – Dragon fly I think?

Hard to tell what I was shooting yesterday as this creature started to unveil himself, but pretty sure I was shooting Mr. Dragonfly.  Just amazing to watch mother nature work, wish I would of had more time to watch the whole process.

Picture of the Day – 15″ brown on a dry fly

Ed McCoy and I ventured down the Manistee River yesterday throwing around one of the standard early season dry flies the Medium Brown Stone (video link) .  Ed and I drummed up some nice fish on the boon dog, and then setup and zapped some smaller fish eating Hendrickson spinners.  Here is a picture of Ed holding a nice 15″ brown that could not let the stimulator go by.  Used a 15mm Canon Fish Eye lens for this photo.  Some of the most overlooked dry fly fishing of the season is early May.  No crowds and plenty of chances at decent trout.

Always Interesting on the Manistee River

What is always interesting about fishing, is for the most part you never know what your going to catch. I try my best to keep everybody on their toes when we are our there casting. As you never know what cast will result in a fish of a lifetime or just something different. Well yesterday we had an encounter with Esox Lucius other wise known as the “northern pike”. While the big ones of the Manistee (over 40+”) I do not see very often and my couple quick encounters always seem to get off, this 30″ specimen was hooked about as perfect as one can with such a toothy creature.

Honestly if one was going to target big Esox the next couple months are about prime, from now until there spring spawn. As the big northern pike will use river mouths and warm water discharges from the many harbors and ports along the michigan coast for their winter hunting grounds. While I personally don’t find them as the strongest fighters, there aggressive nature makes them a great target on the fly. And anything that decides that my flies are good enough food items to eat is always cool with me!