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Blue wing olive, dry fly, Hendrickson, steelhead, stonefly, trout -

We are starting to see more and more familiar faces at the shop as days get warmer and we inch towards the opening of Michigan's trout season. Of course many of the rivers we love now have extended season that allow us to fish year round but I think there is something else important in the celebration of the trout opener. For me, it's the mental shift towards spring and summer and fish that will rise to a dry fly. Knowing that the sun will once again embrace the north makes everything a little better.

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Well, if you haven't heard about the steelhead run you might be the only one in the state. The fish are ascending all the major river systems in Northern Michigan and anglers are out in force after them. The easiest spots to access are going to be the busiest so if you're willing to walk and hike a ways from the parking lots you'll have a much better chance of finding an open spot on the river.  Egg imitations have been the most consistent in the off colored water we've seen the past few weeks. Beads are the most popular...

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beads, eggs, steelhead, stoneflies, streamer, trout -

I think it is finally safe to say now that spring is here in Northern Michigan. Most of our snow has disappeared but the bays and inland lakes are hanging on to their ice. Temperatures next week are continuing to trend upward but the overnight lows will keep spring from advancing too fast. 

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bead, caddis, egg, spring, steelhead, stonefly, streamer, trout -

As the snow is slowly melting in Northern Michigan, the fishing is starting to pick up. The Boardman, Betsie and Manistee rivers all have steelhead and will continue to receive fresh fish with the warmer temperatures predicted for next week. Expect higher water but still decent visibility. Successful anglers are using a variety of flies including yarn eggs, beads, black stoneflies and green caddis.

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Cold, Ice, Winter -

It's cold out folks, seriously cold. We're not here to sugar coat things for you so I'll tell you right away that none of our guides, staff, or friends have been out fishing the rivers lately. We've gotten numerous reports lately that both The Betsie and Upper Manistee have frozen over in sections, seriously limiting options if you've got a itch to get out there. 

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