Approaching Fly Fishing Whack-Job Status

Would you go fly fishing (wading) when it’s only 14 degrees out and about a foot of snow on the ground? How about at 2:30 in the morning, damn near pitch black out and you’re casting to the sound of a fish rising, not actually seeing it rise? How about fly fishing in a drift boat on a 43 degree fall day in cold wind and rain? If your answer is “hell no!” I get it. BUT, you’re missing some of the best fly fishing experiences possible. Yes, seriously.

Fly Fishing In The Winter? Why Not!

Many fly fisherman/woman have never been fly fishing in the winter months or even late fall. Why? We don’t know. Maybe because it’s cold, or they don’t think there’s much action. Fly fishing during the much colder months offers its’ own rewards, but you’ve got to adapt to the conditions to make the most out of your excursion.

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The Fight Is Over

The lengthy five-year legal battle, in early October of this year the fight to stop a fish farming operation on the East Branch of the famed Au Sable river in Northeast Michigan came to an end… and the fly fishermen/women won, albeit at a price.

Pere Marquette River Lodge

The Pere Marquette River Lodge is an exceptional place to hang your boots after a great day on the Pere Marquette river in Northwest, MI… and they have a great fly shop to boot!

Steelhead Fishing Stinks!

I’ve been fly fishing for 20 plus years, but never been steelhead fishing until this past weekend (Nov. 16 -19), when my fly fishing mentor and all around great friend “TJ” asked me to go… o.k., well, he’s been inviting me to go steelhead fishing for years, but I finally decided to give it a…

Big Brown on a Brutally Cold Day

Now THAT is a Wicked fish! Don’t ever say you can’t catch a big brown in the cold weather… last November 16th on the South Branch of the Au Sable, a bright sunny day, but about 25 degrees. We’d been trying to catch this bugger for years and nicknamed him Walter, and my buddy finally…

Michigan’s Historic Fly Fishing Bed & Breakfast

The tradition of fly fishing in Michigan goes back almost a century.  If you like history as much as you like fly fishing, then the North Branch Outing Club (NBOC) needs to be on your fly fishing bucket list.  Not only is this fine establishment nestled on the north branch of the Au Sable River…

Get Out Of The House!

It’s deep Winter.  Depending on where you live, it could be a mild Winter or a bitter-cold, deep-snow, wind-whipping chiller.  And as is normal, its about this time of year where your spouse is starting to tell you to get out of the house… go find something to do… simply because you’re driving her up…

It’s The Economy – Stupid!

What?  It’s the economy?  If you buy all of your flies or other fly fishing equipment and/or accessories from a large online fly fishing retailer or big-box brick and mortar outdoor store or made the flies yourself, are you going to impact the national economy and the GDP?  Uh, No.  But, if you don’t visit the local fly shops…

Don’t Jump Right In!

Ever get to the river, all suited up ready to go, and just look at the water wondering where to begin?  Do I just get in and start casting to the far bank?  I can see a submerged log a few yards upstream on my side of the water – do I start casting to that…