Black and White – Picture of the Night (Day)

With the water giving us a slight reflection, a brown trout is being released back into the wild.

Mangled Fly Roberts Yellow Drake – Picture of the Day

photo by Kean Oh

Will always be one of my favorite shots, the mangled fly in the chompers of a nice fish.  Even though this Roberts Yellow Drake will never fish again, as this 19″ brown trout caught by Kean OH, was  disassembled in the battle.  Nothing better than holding a great fish caught on a great fly.  Nice job Kean!

Bugs in a Tub

Okay if you have fished with me, you understand that one of my strengths is not Latin terminology for aquatic insects.  I have a very simple approach to aquatic life.  Match the color and size.  But sometimes knowing a little bit more than they other guy, can give you an advantage.  Below is a video of a couple bugs in the tub.  Late May and early June the Manistee as both the Siphlonurus Nymph and Baetisca Nymph swimming around pretty regularly, in certain sections.  And yes I had to look those names up!

I have been using Ann Miller’s new Hatch Guide for Upper Midwest Streams.  I highly recommend this book, contact Ann at .  This is a great guide for on the stream and at the fly tying bench.  Thank you Ann.


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.

POD – April 26th Streamers and Snow

Snow fell yesterday along with rain, on April 26th and even though I’m sick of the cold and want to move forward with the weather.  The trout were hungry to say the least.  Capt. Lance Keene picture  with his largest trout to date on a streamer.

POD – Hoydenpyle Trout

Picture of the Day – Hoydenpyle Trout

One thing about fishing the Hoydenpyle is that you need to come to that section with a full cup of belief and a whole bunch of desire.  Stripping streamers on a bright sunny blue bird day will test all that desire in this section.  Trout below came in the bottom of the 9th with two outs.

Let trout season begin – Picture of the Day

POD was actually taken Monday with a last minute cancellation, I personally had a chance to venture out and throw some fur and feathers around.  Great to throw overhead again, and get back into the game.  With my spring steelhead season officially over for the year, time to focus on other species, hatches, and inland lake mysteries.

Sipping Dries

Had a great email back and forth session with Simon today, check out one of his videos. Working on getting this type of footage and working on getting this good in the editing room. Thanks for sharing Simon! Nice work!

Sipping Dry trailer from Sharptail Media on Vimeo.

Stoneflies and Michigan Trout

Stoneflies make easy meals for Michigan brown trout

One of the bugs that I’m falling more and more in love with for Michigan trout is the stone-fly.  With so many species of stone-flies in Michigan rivers, trout are very accustom to seeing and feeding on stones.  While michigan does not get the notoriety of having a “salmon stone-fly hatch” like some of western rivers.  Here in Michigan we do have plenty of stones, and as an angler we need to have a little understanding of the what’s, where’s, and when’s of this big morsel.
One of the biggest misperception of stone-fly nymphs is that they are not very active swimmers.  Actually the only stone-fly that curls up in the fetal position is the Pteronarcys.  The Pteronarcys is the big boy that we have all read about.  But unlike the Pteronarcys all other stone-fly nymphs are great swimmers, their wiggle like swimming motion pulsates them threw the current.  Letting them move around and feed and find shelter.  Now they do not dart around like sculpins or black nosed dace.  But there is no need to dead drift most stone-flies.
Most definitely my favorite stone is the Golden Stones or Paragetina, which run size #6-8, and are very common in the Upper Manistee river.  These yellow to olive colored stones can be found in gravel runs, on downed wood, and are found in a variety of water conditions.  Making them very easy to target in the nymph or dry fly phase.
Understanding that stones are always in our rivers lets us know that trout are used to feeding on them, but May and June you should really take notice as they stones start to crawl around even more and become active, as it’s time for them to emerge.  Stones are crawlers, you will find them on random stumps and logs near river banks.  When you don’t see fish rising in early season to Hendrickson’s or Black Caddis don’t be afraid to put on a stone!

A big meal that is easy to fish

New Michigan Trout Regulations

Russ Maddin enjoying open water on April 1st

When the news came out that new regulations from the State of Michigan were coming out in 2011, I was very supportive of the changes made to opening additional sections to help spread out the angling pressure.  On April 1st, 2011 from M-72 to Lake Michigan on the Manistee River will now remain open year round.  Providing anglers with the opportunity to fish these waters whenever the calling comes.
Yesterday when the day finally arrived.  First time since 1910 that the Manistee has been open in these sections.  Russ Maddin and I jumped in the boat with Erik Crissman from the DNRE and floated a section of water that just opened.  Russ as he usually does showed Erik and I how to do it, with a nice fully grown female brown trout. If you have not fished with Russ or tried to tie some of his innovative streamers, you owe it to yourself.  One of Russ’s signature patterns is the Mad Pup, check out at the Hawkins Outfitters page and tie some up.

For additional information about the new trout regulations go to the State website or pick up the new regulations when you buy your 2011 fishing license at your local fishing tackle locations.