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.
Worked with Chuck Hawkins yesterday and taped a couple video’s that we just posted on our Hawkins Youtube channel. Did work separating audio from video and inserting photo’s inside the video to display detail. Working with audio is not an easy as it sounds, but enjoy the video and hope it helps bring to light how good May dry fly fishing can be.
Ed McCoy had a couple trout presentations this winter so we dragged and dropped a couple video files together, here is what we came up with. Sitting here in single digit temps the last week, really excited to go hit the water again this spring.
Thank you to everybody that follows Mangled Fly Media blog, Happy New Year. Have some exciting things that I plan to post, and show in 2013. Thank you for a great year. Picture below was caught yesterday and did not think about until just now, but this LRB was the last fish caught in 2012 by MFM.
Happy New Year!
Cover shot of the October 2012 online magazine – A Tight Loop, check it out here
Spent the day with Erik Rambo working on different angles for upcoming projects, thought I would share this picture of the day when we had a couple minutes to make a few casts. Look what we found. First lake-run brown of the season.
Just getting back to MI, after spending the past week with Jeff Topp at Katmai Lodge in Alaska. We had an amazing week of fishing, silvers, rainbows, dolly’s, chum, and pink salmon counting for the majority of our catch. I have over a 1000 pictures, hours of video, and am hoping to put something special together in the coming weeks. If you have not fished Alaska yet, or your looking for a new experience you owe it to yourself to fish with Mike Maher and Jeff Topp at the Katmai Lodge.