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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

December 7, 2017

Current shop hours are 9am to 5pm everyday…please feel free to contact the shop for current conditions! 231-745-3529

Also, back by popular demand, we are offering our Holiday Special (until December 24, 2017) of 20% off Gift Certificates!!!! These gift certificates are good at face value for any and all shop merchandise or lodging, but not guide trips. Call the shop to have one mailed to your door!

Sorry for the lapse in reports…time flies when your having fun! It looks like winter is settling in for good around here. The ground is covered with snow and the extended forecast looks very chilly. We are still willing to head out as long as it is safe. Half day trips are always an option at this time of year, if you need to feel a tug. Look for increasing temps for fishing opportunities. The fishing pressure is way down and things are slowing down around the shop, but the river has plenty of fish to keep us busy over the winter. I know I will be out trying to tame the beast!

We have been working hard for our opportunities and getting rewarded on most days. The nymph bite has been getting better and better (stones, hexes, hares ears and pheasant tails), but eggs are always a safe bet. Try softer colored eggs (pale oranges, light pink and OC) or bright clowns and nuke eggs. Streamer fishing can motivate cold fish to strike. Try patterns with lots of flash and movement to entice a strike.

Remember, good presentation catches the most fish!!! Presentation is not only your drift; it is how you enter the river, where you stand, size of tippet, size of hooks…etc., etc. Think about what your doing and don’t be surprised if the bite is soft. Cover water slowly and throughly when the water temps are cold. It looks like some cooler weather is moving in, so please be prepared with the proper gear when fishing. The old saying is true - ”There is no such thing as bad weather; just bad gear”.

Here are a couple that did not get away! Thanks for keeping me busy everyone!

Jack with a great brown and HOT steelhead…see you this spring

Rodger with his first ever steelie!!! Well done

Arnie with a couple HOT fish that crushed a Hot N Tot!

A very nice treat with lunch

Target acquired

Blake and I with a couple he landed…congrats on your first steelhead!!!

Harry with his last cast reward!

Dave with a nice buck…hex nymph

Take care and please respect other anglers on the rivers while fishing. Also, PLEASE catch and release our wild steelhead to help keep this amazing fishery strong and healthy. The fish that makes your day will make someone else day…plus maybe someone released the fish prior for you to catch?

Enjoy the solitude of the season!

Later - John

Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Argentina 2018 - TWO spot available!

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!! - SOLD OUT!!!

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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