We're Back! And Fishing Isn't Cancelled.
First off, we want to thank everyone who has continued to support us during this very difficult time, we are so thankful for our loyal customers who continue to shop local even in the face of a global pandemic. THANK YOU!!!
After an unplanned hiatus we are happy to say we are back to some sense of normalcy here at the shop. We are now allowed to have customers in the shop "by appointment". All of our appointments will be first come first served. Masks are required in the shop, and we are allowing 2 customers in the store at a time. For now shop hours will be as follows:
Grand Rapids: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm
East Lansing: Mon-Fri 1pm-4pm (or text Brian for apt 517-230-2888)
We plan to continue to extend hours in the weeks to come so stay tuned for updates. Until then we are still offering curbside pickup at both locations, and as always the website is open 24/7 and has an expanded offering of merchandise. If you cant find what you're looking for please give us a call or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now for the important part, the FISHING REPORT:
Fishing has been touch and go lately, with the weather and water levels constantly changing. But overall its been really good. The few times we've been able to get out have been fun, but we have certainly had a difficult time fishing as much as we normally do this time of year.
Trout fishing has been really awesome overall. Hatches are going good, nymphing has been just fine, and the streamer bite is always fun no matter what. Pats Rubber Legs has been a regular producer, as well as the other usual standby patterns. With higher than usual flows this year, the trout are out in the open gorging on nymphs, and just simply feel safe prowling around in the mid river currents. We've also been tinkering with some experimental dead/dying salmon smolt flies to use as an anchor and it's been pretty cool to bridge the gap between the nymph and streamer worlds.
The hatches have been quite good thus far, with Sulphers and Grey Drakes being the main show right now. Lots of caddis during the midday hours and afternoons. Look for the Grey Drakes to be going good this weekend, but it might get chilly which could make things unpredictable. Another rainstorm that's bearing down on us as I write this is another factor. Point being; bring anything and everything with you because this time of year, you never know what could happen. Streamers, nymphs, dries. Bring them all. Check out all the drake carnage on the front end of this truck. Always a good seasonal indicator.
Warm water has been good too, but again the flooding put a serious damper on things for over a week. Water is settling out finally, and each time we've gone out its been quite good. Often times, it's super slow for a few hours, then all of a sudden, it flips, and fish come out of every single little piece of cover to chase and hunt. In high dirty flows, a rattle can make all the difference. Larger profiled streamers, with good amounts of flash can also be a good solution. Before the flooding, the top water bite was actually pretty solid. Should be even better going forward.
We've got lots of open dates for Smallmouth Float Trips, all in watersheds between Grand Rapids and Lansing. Full day is $350, half day $275. To book a trip and learn more, click HERE
June 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 Shoot an email to email@example.com and get one setup!
That's all for now. Hope everyone is staying strong! Insane times we are living in. Tight lines.