Hard time with words

This video shows what is so hard to describe sometimes.  How it feels, and what you need to do!  Having a blog and working on being a better videographer, some of the hardest emotions to portray are fishing emotions.  Here is a video clip that makes even more confusing, and I love it.


LOW & CLEAR Official Trailer from Finback Films on Vimeo.

New Scott T3H just arrived

scott t3h fly rod

New rod just arrived and can’t wait to go play.  Had the chance to fish the 12’8″ 8wt T3H for a couple weeks and all I had to say was WOW!  So went to www.scottflyrods.com to see what other rods they made in the same graphite, and found myself a new switch rod,  1108 T3H.  As winter transitions into spring, I love to start swing smaller minnow patterns and I think this rod is going to be perfect .  Rod matches up with about 440 grains, perfect grain weight for throwing small 1-2″ salmon parr that steelhead love to gorge on in early spring time. If you have not wiggled the new T3H, you need to find your local dealer and check these great new rods from Scott Fly Rods.  They are pretty sweet.  A little personal catch phrase for this rod is, “just add water” it will catch fish.  Certain rods when you pick them up you know will just cast they just feel fishy, they feel right. This rod makes you shake with that feeling.

With a little more free time than I like, going to photo and video up some cool stuff with this stick, so come back soon to see what we have come up with.  Or give me a call and join me and be part of the footage.

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Skagit Extreme With Integrated Tip

Had a chance to fish a new line yesterday.  A float line Skagit with an Integrated Tip.  SA developed this line to eliminate the loop between the Skagit and your sinking line.  This Skagit line comes with a 12 foot section of T-12 seemlessly blended (no loops).  In addition the running line is integrated as well, no more loops getting caught in the guides of the rod. This line is one of the finest casting lines in the Skagit format that I’ve had a chance to play with.  But how does it fish?

While most of you know I love the Intermediate Skagit Extreme Head from SA.  The Intermediate line truly changed the game on the Manistee River when it comes to swinging flies for steelhead.  (and yes I have run the other companies lines, and no they don’t compare)  So I was a little hesitant to change back to a floating line.  But as I could quickly see, if you want to catch more fish you need to have the ability to adjust your flies speed and depth for each run’s current conditions.  The SA Integrated line is perfect for those slower pools, the same pools that winter steelhead love to sit in.  The floating section of the line allows your fly to swing through the pool, the integrated sink-tip is a smooth transition giving your fly more life as it swings through the pool.  As I mentioned before this line is a casters dream.  With no hinges and no loops, the line just bombes out there.

As is true with any other type of fishing, there is no perfect lure for every situation.  And for a fly angler there is no one line (let’s just talk spey here) that is perfect for every run that you can possible fish in a days time.  Now I know that you just can’t go buy multiple set up’s, but if the budget allows for a new line, this SA Integrated Line is another step forward in better spey lines by SA, and this line is fishy to say the least.  As winter clogs along, steelhead move into slower pools the floating line with the Integrated tip is the line for me. Still my favorite is the Intermediate Extreme, but having the ability to change as conditions call for it is nice.  If you want to cast this line before you buy it, just let me know.  I’ll be carrying it in my boat the rest of this steelhead season.


Phil C. with a winter buck caught on the Skagit Extreme w/ Integrated Tip


December streamer’s keep on rolling

Thank you to the SA Extreme Intermediate Skagit more and more people are enjoying streamer fishing for steelhead.  The line has changed the way I teach and as we all know the end result is the pull.  When you get the pull you build the confidence.  When you land more fish more people want to try.  Thank you SA.  Pictured is Becky A. with her first steelhead from the Big Manistee, she was streamer fishing in mid December.

Picture of the Day- Playing with Saturation

I’m not one that plays too often with photoshop to distort or alter my pictures too often.  But playing with the Saturation of a photo taking out or highlighting colors is another form of art.  Here is Dan C. with his first steelhead caught on a streamer.  In Lightroom I zapped out all the colors except blue to hight light the bright sunny winter day and his blue patagonia jacket.  My picture of the day as another steelhead comes to the big ugly streamer pattern.

Streamers still rocking in December

Still have a whole bunch of confidence for the big ugly flies to work in the cold weather, as the season progresses the cold water will so down the response to the swung fly, but currently things are still rocking.  As I was witness to a fish “almost” taking one of my spey outfits.  Thank goodness we had a tight grip on the rod.  Thinking about investing in a bungee cord type of device to secure the rod to the caster.  Look for it online or at your local fly shop.  Gotta love that pull when the tug like that!  Get out and cast before liquid turns to solid.

Steelhead transition – Pic of the Day

With the start of December we are starting to get into the big bad winter bucks.  The time of year where we have a chance at some of the biggest steelhead of the year.  Winter bucks will start to display red checks and strips, and with hopefully some winter back drop.  Photo’s can just jump out.  With a hazy,wet, damp, blur your lens kind of day yesterday, this photo turned out best if we made it black and white.  Winston from Ontario, Canada with a great fish that ran us all over the river.

Wild Lake Superior Steelhead

Had a chance to test out some new equipment this past week with Capt. Brad Petzke of Rivers North Guide Service and watched/filmed him as he hooked in to this beautiful wild Lake Superior Steelhead. 

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.

Picture of the day – Silly flies for steelhead

michigan steelhead

John O. with a dandy on a ugly fly

Now is the time to swing the big flies, as our lake-run rainbows from Lake Michigan are not so focused on the egg bite.  November historically is one of the best months and this year is no different as fish are on the hunt for something more.