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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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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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