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Bass, Bluegill, Pike, Trout -

We've had an unbelievable weekend with great weather a good fishing but looking ahead you might want to pack your rain gear if you're headed to Northern Michigan. Besides Tuesday, the forecast is calling for rain every day this week. Wednesday and Saturday look to have the heaviest precipitation but that shouldn't keep you off the water. Remember, fish have to eat!

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Bass, Pike, Spring, Trout -

    TROUT Many anglers have been frustrated with trout fishing as water has stayed cold and hatches have been elusive. Remember that it will get better and we'll be back on schedule in no time. Those that spend the most time on the water will be the most successful as windows of opportunity can be short this time of year. Plan on fishing streamers, wet flies, and nymphs and hope for dry fly action.  Hendricksons will likely diminish after this weekend so it's a good idea to start carrying Sulphurs, Olive and Tan Caddis, March Browns, and Mahoganies. This...

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Dry Fly, Hendrickson, Spring, Streamers -

Like the weather, fishing has kept us on our toes and forced us to stay flexible. Both days I spent on the Upper Manistee this week the streamer action was good but the Hendrickson hatch was still fairly short. Black Caddis was consistent throughout the afternoon but the fish only seemed to care once the Hendricksons got started.

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Finally, after another week of dismal weather we are going to have a beautiful weekend! Overnight temperatures will still dip below forty so you can sleep in a little before getting out on the rivers.  Most anglers have now shifted their focus towards trout on our local rivers though there are drop back steelhead available. Please, if you do come along fish actively working bed, let them continue their business undisturbed so we can all enjoy this wonderful resource in the future. The egg bite is still consistent however reports of fish aggressively chasing fry patters can provide a fun...

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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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