I have certain things I like to do in certain ways, in certain order. One is driving. I like to drive because I know I have all my stuff. Going back a few years I fished with Joe one day and I didn’t have my rod. I complained because I had to use his gear (which I don’t like using other peoples stuff) and he reels right handed (which in and of itself is just wrong). That complaining earned him a banner day and me a shutout. I should have learned my lesson, but I didn’t.
Back to the current day. I met up Joe and we hopped in his truck and headed to a well know river that holds trophy fish. We’re getting our gear ready and I realize I forgot a reel in my truck. Joe offers that I can use his stuff. I started complaining about the right hand retrieve and Joe simply reminded me of the last time that happened, and what happened. He thanked me ahead of time and said “I will have a great day!!” I didn’t buy it for one second and I was wrong. This was one of the better days I had seen on this water and he ended up with two of the better looking specimens I’ve seen out of here. Even though I was right hand retrieving all day I couldn’t have been happier for him. From now on I don’t complain.
In Michigan the trout opener is officially the last Saturday in April. That being said the regulations were changed a few years ago on this river so it’s open year around now. There’s still something about the “Opener” that makes it official. Each year we try to get a group together to celebrate this sort of bygone tradition. We fish hard, eat well and drink “some”. This year the weather wasn’t in our favor but after being under the cover of gray for the last 4-5 months it’s hard to complain about bright blue skies.
4-11-15 Bug Pull
With air temps on the rise and water temps following suit we turned from steelhead to a quality trout stream to pull some bugs around. The weather was perfect but the day would prove tough and we only saw one fish but it did find locate the hooks.
4-4-15 One Last Go Around
With actual spring getting closer and low water we opted for one last outing for steelhead. It’ll be another 6 months before we see these fish again and it’s hard to argue with 6-10lb aggressive fish. Rich and I headed north to a usual haunt and found a few players.
Rich and I fished a northern river that usually has some Walleye showing up by this time. As much fun as they are to catch it usually signals the end of the steelhead fishing for me. It’s starting to get warmer on these days and images of brown trout on streamers consume my thoughts.
Ok, so “catch up” may be a slight play on words. Summer got the best of me and I got behind on the blog again. Seems to happen more often than not. Now that the busy season of fall is here getting caught up seems impossible. So, just like the rain we really need right now, here’s a dump.
3-21-15 Spring Steelhead
Rich and I met up with Joe and his cousin on a northern river for some spring steelhead fishing. The fish did not disappoint.
After returning from Arkansas I was convinced I wouldn’t fish again until it warmed up. That being the case it didn’t take long to get back at it…even though it was cold. I hadn’t fished with Joe in some time so we decided to get together on the creek. We found a few fish.