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So many fishing options available right now, it will make your head spin. It's hard to pick just one species, and one tactic to focus on for a day. Water temps are increasing daily, and it's feeling "fishier" lately. Despite the massive rain we got two nights ago, things should be fine by the weekend, but wading in certain areas may be tricky. Locally, we got a good amount of rain in the last 48 hours, but not enough to flood out the rivers. They are high and dirty, yes, but not unfishable. Keep an eye on the stream flows,...

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Today is the Vernal Equinox, indicating the first official day of Spring. On this day, we receive equal amounts of sun exposure and darkness. 12 hours of sunlight, and 12 hours of darkness; hence the name “equinox.” Compare this to the Summer Solstice (June 21), when we receive almost 16 hours of sunlight. Back in December, during the Winter Solstice (Dec 21), we received a scant 9 hours of sunlight. So basically, we are a 1/4 through our yearly trip around the sun.   We are getting more sunlight, at a more direct angle, which rapidly heats up the surface....

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Santa is a steelheading machine! He has a gentle touch, stealthy approach, and is immune to cold weather. An absolute BEAST on the river!   Steelheading has improved over the last week. The mild temps and sunshine have increased fish metabolism, and their willingness to cooperate. Still finding them in the classic winter spots, holding tight to wood and structure. Bright eggs paired with a washed out color (clown egg & pale glo bug) is a good setup. Also having some action on hexes, stones, and wiggler type buggy stuff.  Trout bite has been good, on more "trout" sized patterns. Size 12 and 14...

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Recent rains and snow melt have improved fishing conditions, but things are still relatively challenging. The Grand River, Pere Marquette, and Muskegon River have all been producing fish, but the weather has been less than ideal. Egg Flies, Hex nymphs, and small swing flies have been good options. A possible warmup next week will improve the trout and steelhead fishing locally and up north. Check our class schedule for upcoming tying events.

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Steelhead and trout fishing has been good in the Grand River and West Michigan. Nymphing has been consistent, and swinging spey flies can be good on certain days. Conditions will improve as the weather stabilizes to a more consistent winter pattern. Lots of large steelhead lurking our waters. The quality of fishing changes day to day.

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