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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

Trout Opener this weekend!!!
April 25, 2017

The shop is open seven days a week - 7am to 5pm (Sunday - Thursday) and 7am to 7pm (Friday & Saturday).

River Clean-Up - Saturday, May 6, 2017! 8:00am meet at the shop, grab some garbage bags, figure out float plans and/or walk-in coverage, take a group photo then enjoy the day! BBT will cover all car spot fees for those who participate and we will be hosting an appreciation BBQ at Steve’s around 7:00pm. This is a great way to give back to the resource, meet some awesome people and enjoy a beautiful day on the river. Please contact the shop if you are planning on attending, so we can have enough food! (231) 745-3529…thank you!!!

Jeff with a nice brown that hammered the streamer!

Another solid brown…it is streamer time!!!

The 2017 Spring Steelhead season is in the books! It was a great run and there are still some fish around, but we are switching our focus to trout. We will pack some steelhead gear for the next couple weeks, but streamers and dry flies are the technique of choice going forward. Our guide calendar is opening back up for trout fishing trips, so please contact the shop to book a full day ($395) or half day ($295) float trip…231-745-3529.

There are still a couple brand new steelies around!!

Big buck

I would like to thank all our guests that fished with us this spring. Your business means everything to us and your loyalty is valued even more!!! Many of our customers are friends after fishing together for so long…and that guide/client relationship is special! We take pride in our work and hopefully it shows? Thank you for another successful season!

Happy Birthday Steelhead & first ever for Doug!

Jeff had the trout bite dialed in!

The river is running at normal levels in the upper sections and a touch higher then normal in the lower sections. We are forecasted to receive some rain over the next couple days, which will help the streamer and remaining steelhead action. Things are getting green and the trees are budding! It is nice to see some green on the banks of the river.

Cloudy days are out-fishing the clear blue-bird skies…but, I am not telling you something new. Cloudy conditions are better for nymphing and streamers, but the sunny days are good dry fly conditions. I have been seeing a mixed bag of hatches (larger BWO’s, black stoneflies and a few Hennies). This weekend is the official “Trout Opener”…so the season is upon us! By Mid-May we should have Sulfurs and Gray Drakes? It is hard to believe summer is around the corner?

Dick had another great day on the river…

Me trying to hold a large double striped buck that Dick landed…Great Fish!!!

The streamer action has been pretty good. White, black, olive and yellow have been my go to colors. The streamer bite is always best after rain or on overcast days. I am very excited to start tossing streamers daily! Small to medium sized patterns have produced the most attention in my boat. Slap the banks and log jams…you might be surprised what comes flying out after your streamer! Move the fly quickly and erratically! This is my favorite way to fish! If you have never tried it, you are missing out!!!

Zack & I with his first ever steelhead! Congrats and great job!

I have been asked to post some details on our spring/summer trout fishing (this is a general time-table, but weather & water levels effect conditions):

Late-April to Mid-May there are still some steelhead around, but streamer fishing for browns is our main focus. Some evening dry fly fishing is available too.

Mid-May thru Early-July is the best time of year for dry flies! Our hatches build up each evening and sometimes throughout the whole day (when the weather is right). Sulfurs #14 & #16, Gray Drakes #8 & #10 and the Famous Hex Hatch #4 & #6. Streamer fishing is still an option when the water levels increase and after- dark waking flies are an option too!

July and August is hopper time! Terrestrials and attractors fished on a floating line will generate some explosive strikes mid day! Most hatches are done (trico’s are available), but the banks are alive with ants, grass hoppers and beetles. Twitching rubber legged flies is productive and fun! The night time waking fly program is still going strong and streamers are an option after summer rain storms.

Too many anglers view the Pere Marquette as a Migratory fishery and only visit for salmon and steelhead, however you are missing the best fishing! Our migratory runs are incredible (not trying to belittle that fishing…it is fantastic), however you should see our resource in its own element…a trout stream! We are blessed with thousands of miles of trout streams in Michigan, but a few rise to the top of the list…the Pere Marquette is right there. The PM is a healthy and amazing stream! If you have never trout fished the PM, you owe it to yourself to do so…and I would love to show you!

Enjoy the river and resource. Please respect other anglers as we are all out there for the same reason. Looking forward to another great week of fishing the PM!

Take Care!


Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Alaska 2017

Our BBT Alaska Dates are August 5 - 12, 2017 SPECIAL BBT DEAL!!! Rates will be $2,795 per person for a week of fishing in some of the greatest water in Alaska! And the “Best of Katmai” Package of $3,395 with two fly outs throughout the week. If you are interested in joining us, please contact the shop for details. It is an amazing trip!!!!

Alaskan fishing at its BEST!!!!

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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Stay tuned for details on our Belize trip to The Blue Bonefish lodge January 27 to February 3, 2018!!

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Later & Fish-On!


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