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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

July 10, 2018

Shop Hours: 8am to 6pm Seven days a week.…please stop in for your fishing supplies, guides and/or Motel rooms. The shop is stocked up on all your fishing needs…Rods, reels, fly lines, leaders, tippet and a BUNCH of new trout flies!!!! We have plenty of guide dates and lodging available throughout July…please contact the shop to inquire or make reservations (231) 745-3529.

First and foremost…All of us at BBT would like to thank you for 22 years of business!!!! We are very appreciative for your loyalty and support. It is too easy to make purchases on-line, so thank you for your effort of coming to see us. It is not an easy business, but with solid customers we have made it this long…and ONLY because of you!!!! THANK YOU!!!

Sorry for the lapse in reports. Chasing the hex hatch, family time and the holiday bustle did not leave me much time to report. The water is extremely low and clear with temps in the upper 50’s to upper 60’s. We actually rescheduled some guide trips last week, due to warm water temps. The hot summer caught up with the river, but the evening lows are helping keep the temps in the 60’s for now. Please don’t fish if the water temps are 70+…if you do, plan on keeping your catch. Give the shop a call and ask if you are planning on coming up.

The 2018 hex hatch is in the books. It was a good event this year with lots of great trout caught and released by our clients. It was tiring, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Hoppers and attractors are the name of the game right now. The closest to the bank and wood will get the most looks/bites. Close to the bank does not mean a foot away…within an inch!!! It is fun fishing foam and rubber legs right now with big strikes or soft sips. When using larger flies use heavier tippet to avoid leader twist and breaking off nice fish.

The evening waking fly program has been yielding some good fish. Hoppers during the day, stones in the evening and mice at night. Nymphing durning the heat of the day with cooper johns and hares ears will catch some fish. But watching a nice fish ghost out from a cut bank or log to eat your dry fly is the BEST!!!

A couple fish for the highlight reel:

Joe got his fish!!!

Ray caught this nice brown right next to the boat…well done!!!

Charlie settled a grudge for me…thanks buddy!

Paul pulled this trout out of some serious lumber…very rewarding fish

I even got to catch a couple on hexes this year

Please try to use the appropriate gear for the fish your targeting. Don’t bang the banks with big flies on 6X tippet…you will break off on the fish. Use 3X and land the fish quickly. Don’t go mousing/hexing with a 3 wt rod…that will stress the fish too much. You get what I am saying…think of the fish and their health.

It is not too early to start planing your fall salmon and steelhead guide trips and/or lodging. We have lots of early dates available for lower river hardware trips (late August & early September). The reports from the big lake have been very promising! Big kings and lots of above average coho…start planing your trip now!

Enjoy your time on the water…watch the river before fishing. You might be surprised what you see and discover. I love watching the water, bugs and fish. They are not always where you “think” they should be….watch and learn. Here we go & good luck out there!!!!

Later & Fish-On!


Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Argentina 2019 - 2 spots available for 2nd week

The dates are January 5 – 12, 2019 (sold out) & January 12 - 19, 2019 (2 spots open)…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 19th to January 26th (6 spots available) or January 26th to February 2nd (8 spots available) 2019!

A 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!

A 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!

A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking (Cash or check) and only 6 & 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.

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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