27-inch lake run brown trout

Wet Flies That Work-The indefinite list

Since I retired I have spent up to a month each year fishing on the Muskegon River in Michigan.  While many fishermen think that fishing every day is absolute ecstasy, fishing day after day can start to become work after a while and It is like running guide trips without getting paid.  Early June on…

The Mighty Greasy Picket Pin

The Greasy Finger Fly

It was one of those perfect evenings on the Pere Marquette River in Baldwin, Michigan — the sun was sinking below the trees, stream temperature was in the mid 60’s, current flow was moderate and the canoe hatch was far downriver. As my fishing partner and I stood by the river to contemplate our plan…

Improved Clinch Knot, Blood Knot and Dropper, Surgeon's Knot and Dropper

What Knot for Fly Fishing

Albright Knot, Arbor Knot, Bimini Twist, Blood Knot, Dropper Loop, Duncan (Uni) Knot, Improved Clinch Knot, Palomar Knot, Perfection Loop, San Diego Jam Knot Surgeon’s Loop.  There are more than 30 different knots that a fly fisherman can use for attaching lines, leaders, tippets and flies.  All of them have a reason for existence but…

Leader materials for the fly fisherman.

Lead me on

Fly fishing methods are as varied as the number of anglers.  If you examine any of these methods you realize that no matter what the method, there is always a thing called a “leader”–which is the all important connection between the fly (the part that catches the fish) and the fly line (the part that…

Hex on the Au Sable river

Rule the Night

One of the current military strategies is to “Rule the Night”. Basically, this means that you take away from the enemy the ability to control the darkness and make it an advantage to you.  While I never thought of trout fishing in a military sense, the thought might work if applied to the Michigan Mayfly…

Gray Drake Mayfly

The Mouthes of Babes

Bugs, insects, and critters are all an integral part of the fly fishing process. If it wasn’t for the insects, fly fishers would be casting giant imitations of frogs or worms, in other words they would be bass fishermen.  Its not that I don’t like bass fishermen, its just that they scare me in those…

USGS Stream Flow Data keeps Anglers well informed.

USGS Stream Flow Data

It is currently popular to criticize the “gub’ment” for just about anything.  Unfortunately I cannot blame them for many of the stupid things I’ve done in the last 65 years.   In fact, ever since the Department of Defense developed the Internet,  I think we should thank it profusely.  Without  GPS I can think of a…

Fishing the Hatchless Rise

The Hatchless Rise and Nymph Migration

The longer I fish the more I’ve realized there is always a trout willing to prove me wrong.  I suppose if I always had their number, the pursuit and hopeful success would be far less grand than it is today. In the game of catching trout, presenting the right fly in the wrong manner will…