Thursday, May 26, 2011

5/24/11 Muskegon River Trout

Fishing was excellent today and the guys I was with a pleasure to serve.  Both Gavin and John, old friends, are excellent fly-fishermen and really enjoy their time on the river together. Those two ingredients made for an enjoyable fish-filled day.  The Muskegon has really been flexing its muscles lately, showing what it has up its sleeve....a lot of big fish!  We nymph fished in the areas that were active with spawning suckers and had  our eyes opened to the quality of fish that lurk in its mysterious depths.    

5/19,21,22 Muskegon River Trout

Spent three days with two fun guys, Mike and Steve.  Both are good anglers and were willing to adapt to whatever means were necessary to get into fish.  We fished it all streamers, nymphs, and dries.  Catching fish on all three techniques.  Nymph fishing accounted for the majority of the fish caught and they were able to get a good number of hold-overs in the boat.  Caddis are beginning to show up quite regularly in the afternoon and fish are starting to respond to them.  Green caddis(#18) are the predominate species that is hatching.  Always remember that on a good caddis fishery like the MO fish will feed on the emerging pupae most regular.  Carry both floating pupae and unweighted pupae.  Also, don't be shy in giving your pupae patterns some movement slightly before it reaches a targeted fish.  Caddis are very active emergers, you have to imitate the fly as well as its movement to consistently catch caddis eating fish; especially the bigger ones.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

5/8/11 - Fishing on Mother's Day

Fishing on Mother's Day is usually taboo but today we broke the rules.  Of course it's okay if you bring mama(in this case "hot") along for the afternoon.  We spent a couple hours late this afternoon at Heather's request chasing down steelhead.  She hasn't had a chance to land one this season so we got out and wrangled a few to the boat.  The day was superb as the skies were blue, the water clearing, and the river in general starting to look like itself again.  A day to be grateful to the Creator, thankful for family and the women that bind us together.