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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

October 17, 2017

Current Shop Hours - 7am - 7pm Friday & Saturday and 8am - 6pm Sunday thru Thursday…swing by or give us a call for current conditions 231-745-3529

Fall River Clean-Up - Saturday, October 21 Please join us for the day and help keep our river beautiful. We will meet at the shop at 8am, hit the river and re-group at the Pole Barn for dinner around 6pm. Please call to shop to let us know you will be helping (we will need a head count for food). Car spots and dinner are on us to show our appreciation for your support and effort. Thank you and hope to see many of you again this year!!!

It is time to turn the page…Thank you for the great king salmon season!!! We experienced an awesome run of fish this year without a doubt. We have been extremely busy and appreciate all the business. This years run was amazing!!! There are still fishable numbers of kings in the river, but fading fast. I, officially, finished my salmon season yesterday…now the hunt for steelhead begins! Even after a long king season, I am excited to get back on the river with steelhead being in the cross-hairs.

This fall is setting up to be a good one!!!

My open guide dates are (subject to change): October 22 - 24, 26 - 31 November 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12 - 17, 20, 25 - 30…first come, first serve! Please contact the shop to reserve a day or two (231)-745-3529. We have guides and Motel rooms available and the shop is loaded up with gear, so please swing by! Let’s go fishing!!! Late October and November steelhead fishing is upon, so please don’t wait too long

The leaves are falling and eggs are tumbling. The river has some color right now and the trees are beautiful. We have experienced a wet week of much need rain, which will help steelhead find their way to the river. The weather has been setting up perfect conditions for a great fall steelhead run. We are getting the water, the eggs are rolling and it’s been cool. Look for steelhead in pockets and runs until the salmon are gone, then the pools are runs are the prime locations. Be ready for a bite from your first cast to your last. Sign up; we have guides open for fall steelhead trips!

It’s time to down size your gear and rigs (7 & 8 weights, 6 to 10 pound fluorocarbon tippet and smaller flies). Eggs are hard to beat at this point in time, but stones, hexes and caddis will get bit. The clown eggs are one of my favorites, but nukes, estaz eggs and glow bugs will catch plenty. Light roe, early girl, apricot and O-cheese yarn colors are productive in the fall. Look for fish behind the active spawners and steelhead at your feet. Fall Steelhead love hugging the inside seam on the sand…Make a couple short casts before going to the bank.

Streamer fishing will been improving and a great option from here on out. Steelhead and browns will aggressively strike a stripped streamer and come out of places that can not be nymphed. It is certainly one of my favorite techniques in the fall and early winter. Give it a try!!!

Thank you to everyone that joined me over the last few weeks! I am a fortunate man and appreciate it! Fishing is good, life is better and steelhead are trickling in…enjoy the solitude of the season. The steelhead countdown is over!!! Let’s go hunt some chrome

Here is my week in review…picture book addition!

Barski is having a Founders based tasting night November 5th! This will be a seven course meal with seven different beers paired with it! (Including the rare and popular KBS!) Contact Barski for ticket information while they last (231-745-6015)

Please respect anglers space and enjoy the sport for fishing. It’s not a numbers game…the one who has the most fun wins!

Type at you next week…

Later - John

Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Argentina 2018

The dates are January 6 – 13, 2018…we are taking deposits ($1,000) now to hold your spot. The package price per person based on double occupancy is US $3,950.00 and includes:
· Six full days guided fishing (with expert, local bilingual (Spanish-English) fly-fishing guide)
· All your lodging, meals and beverages (including beer & wine with meals).
· Transportation to and from the Airport in Bariloche

…contact the shop to reserve your spot! 231-745-3529.

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The Blue Bonefish lodge in Belize - January 27 to February 3, 2018!!

Fishing package ($1,795.00 US plus 9% local sales tax and guide tips) includes seven nights lodging (two per suite) all meals, four days flats fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, snook, barracuda and jack trevalle (two per boat), one day of reef fishing or snorkeling and a free day to explore or take a tour!

Non-fishing package ($1,000.00 US plus 9% local sales tax) includes seven nights lodging and all meals/amenities. Extra flats fishing day can be added ($150.00 US per day plus guide tip) if a non fishing guest wished to join for a day or a fishing guest would like a little more! Mayan ruins tours, cave tubing, scuba diving, jungle zip lining and catamaran sailing are some of the day tours we can book for you while there, or simply enjoy exploring the island…

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking (Cash or check) and only 8 spots are available! (US Passport is required!) First come first serve… Getting there is easy with a flight to Belize City followed by a short airplane ride on Tropic Air to the island of San Pedro where you will be met at the airport.

It’s a nice place to be in winter!

Alaska 2018

We have our dates set for next year….August 4 - 11, 2018. The “BBT Special” will be $3,495 per person for a week of fishing in some of the greatest water in Alaska! This rate INCLUDES the “Best of Katmai” Package; two fly outs throughout the week! $3,495 is the standard weekly rate without fly-outs…an incredible BBT exclusive deal!!! If you are interested in joining us, please contact the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!

Alaskan fishing at its BEST!!!!

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Later & Fish-On!


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