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After a chilly Spring, we are finally experiencing some real warmth.  The next few days are going to be in the upper 70s, which is fantastic news. Hatch activity is increasing steadily, and fishing has been exceptional. We are on the up and up!  Water levels are good, but still dirty in places after the rain last week.  Even though it was rising rapidly, last Thursday we decided to do a quick float down the Muskegon. Water was high, but visibility was decent. It actually looked really good, and seemingly great streamer conditions. High water, good stain, and partly cloudy....

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Finally, things have settled down and fishing has been excellent lately. Water is good, still on the cold side, but heating up daily with the sunshine and warm air. This weekend is supposed to be very nice, which will undoubtedly ramp up the steelhead and trout fishing.  Steelhead numbers are strong pretty much everywhere. They are spawning in most places, and some have already found drop back fish. They seem to be on average, larger than previous years. Consider running 10lb or even 12lb fluoro rather than the standard 8lb, especially when the water becomes warmer, they can really take...

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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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We are officially buried in snow. There is currently about 12 inches on the ground in Grand Rapids, with another few inches throughout the day, and more tomorrow. Wind chills tomorrow are going to be in the -30 range. Should be interesting. This was the river on Sunday afternoon. This was my back deck this morning. Yes, I forgot to bring in our furniture... Our governor has declared a state of emergency this morning, anticipating the cold weather tomorrow. This weekend looks to be fairly warm, with temps in the upper 30s and 40s and rain. Fly tying is about...

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Steelhead and trout fishing have been good locally and up north, but numbers of fish are low and water temps and made things challenging. A warmup over the next few days will greatly improve things, and make fishing more bearable. Egg flies, estaz eggs, and flashy nymphs have all been good lately. Check our website for gift ideas, class schedules, and other fishing related resources. 

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