Wow, what a change in weather patterns this spring has seemed to produce. From cold torrential rains to blue bird summer days. The fishing has been anything but consistent, but should continue to improve as spring moves into summer. Steelhead are still around in the Grand Tribs, Muskegon and onward North. Trout fishing has just begun to pick up, and with the higher water, the streamer bite as been good. Look for drys to pop any day with the warmer than average temps. Be mindful still as some rivers are still ripping and wading can still be dangerous. (Fish from 4/30, playing a little hooky from work.....)
GEAR REVIEW: Also had a chance to fish the 9 foot, 7 weight, Orvis Helios 2.0. Can you you say fish slaying stick. This rod can effortless cast articulated hairy creatures on 350gr line with ease. The light weight and effortless casting with this rod make it a must have for trout on streamers or the not far off Smallmouth fishing. Come into either shop and cast one today, or hell, just buy the thing and I will drive to where you are at to pick the thing up if you are unsatisfied. (Link Below)
Finally time to hit the rivers...
Most rivers around the state were at-least fishable by boat and the weather was probably a bit to nice for Trout this past weekend.
We floated the Upper Manistee and tossed every streamer in the box. We also watched an assortment of Hendricksons, BWOs and Stonefies come and go with no fish feeding either day. All in all it was still great to get some hydro-therapy in the Grayling area this weekend.
It is now legal to wet a line on the banks of the Red Cedar River on the campus of Michigan State University. You'll find Steelhead in the Spring, lots of Small Mouth and Pike in the Summer and Coho Salmon in the Fall. Today the DNR stocked 3000 Steelhead right next to the Sparty statue. Go Green!
Most of the water around the state is either at flood stage or just below. The Rogue is running at 1300 cfs (300 norm) and the Muskegon is at 7000 cfs (3000 norm). These condition make it very, very dangerous out there.
Here are a few pics pre-flood.
Tickets for Red Cedar Fly Fishers Annual Banquet are now on sale and Nomad Anglers Okemos. The banquet will be tuesday May 14th at Eagle Eye Golf Club at 6pm. There will be a live auction, silent auction , bucket raffles and a great presentation from Kevin Feenstra " 52 weeks of fishing and photography on western Michigan streams". Red Cedar Fly Fishers
Send us a photo of a "Chrome" and we'll get you a Chrome Nomad Anglers Deek!
Swing in the shops....