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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

May 14, 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 May & June…please contact the shop to inquire or make reservations (231) 745-3529.

We are looking for some more anglers to join us in Alaska this summer…great “BBT Special” rate….details below. Love to have you!

Doug with a fantastic brown trout and a great steelhead

Trout season is here, the banks are greening up quickly and it feels really good! Dry flies and streamers are my game plan from here on out. There have been some bugs hatching daily, but no big evening hatches yet. A few Sulfurs, small black stones, caddis, BWO’s and even some giant stones after dark…which means the waking flies in the dark is an option now! Coming soon Gray Drakes!!!

The streamer action has been pretty good. White, black, ginger and yellow have been my go to colors. The streamer bite is always best after rain or on overcast days. 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!!!

The trout gear has been sort through and my gear bag is re-packed. Trout rods are strung up for the season; the boat is re-tooled and the raft is ready. This summer is going to be a good one. Hitting some tributaries and other near by rivers with the raft will keep things interesting. If you are interested in doing some exploring with me, just call the shop and we will make it happen! I love the PM, but it is fun to explore different rivers. There are many, many options in the area and we are in the heart of it all!

I will post an update next week with more details on the hatches. The river is up a bit with a colored again from recent rains. The extended forecast looks very promising!!! Next week is going to kick off the season…type at you then!!!!

Here are a couple more fish pics from my camera:

Charlie and Scott enjoying a good day of streamer fishing…and some steelhead action

Joe tagged this nice brown on a black streamer

Tributary brown trout…look at those spots!!!!

Brown trout selfie…ha, ha

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. Good luck out there!!!!

Spring/summer trout fishing info and timing (this is a general time-table, but weather & water levels effect our fishing daily):

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!

Later & Fish-On!


New Guide Rates for 2018
Full Day (1 or 2 Anglers) - $425
Full Day (3 Anglers) - $600
Half Day (1 or 2 Anglers) - $325 (Off Season Only)

Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

Argentina 2019

The dates are January 5 – 12, 2019…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.


Argentina 2016 from John Karakashian on Vimeo.

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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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