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Spey Me A River

Spey rods and Switch rods are new to me. In Europe I saw salmon fishermen with extra long rods and figured, “OK big fish, big rivers you need a BIG rod”, sort of like boat rods for salt water. Fast forward to today. Steelhead fishermen on the West Coast have been using Spey rods for…

Corey Calftail

The Tale of the Calftail

The sign by the road  read  “BAIT  WADERS FLIES GUIDE SERVICE.”  Simple enough, it stood in front of a ramshackle cinderblock building that was painted a shade of green that failed to blend into the brushy surroundings.  I almost passed it by but a sign in the window read “OPEN” so, feeling curious, I pulled…

World's Greatest Pike Fly

World’s Greatest Pike Fly

It had been a long productive day chasing brown trout for my friend Bob and I.  We were sitting in his office-library-fly tying room soothing our sore arms and reminiscing over past adventures.  I had prescribed a dose of twelve year old, single malt as pain medication.  Time passed and as we talked, I noticed…

Salmon in thin water below the flume

MANISTIQUE MYSTIQUE

The MANISTIQUE RIVER in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not listed in any fishing guidebook that I know of as a premier fishing location.  Hemmingway wrote about the Big Two Hearted River and other locations in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and each year you can find fly fishermen that want to retrace Hemmingway’s adventures. I have never…