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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

March 12, 2018

The power of positive thinking…confidence is your best pattern. That pretty much sums up my week on the legendary Pere Marquette River! Conditions were cold with dropping water temps and gin clear water, but the fish were willing to play! We earned our fish this week. Presentation and persistence played a key role in last week’s success. Things are ramping up and please respect other anglers as the weather improves.


Shop hours are 7am to 5pm seven days a week for the time being…please stop in for your fishing needs, guides or Motel rooms. The shop is stocked up on all your steelhead and trout fishing needs. If you can not find something, please let us know and we can order it for you. Shipments are arriving daily, as well as new steelhead! Enjoy your time on the river washing your fly, plug or bait…your in god’s country.

I know, I have been quote crazy in my posts recently, but I enjoy sharing what I read…My friend gave me a book with daily fishing quotes and stories. And, I think todays passage is worthy…”March 12 - The angler who is determined to catch the biggest fish or the most of them, by his own determination becomes a competitor and is self-poisoned”. That is NOT what it is about!!! Enjoy your time with water flowing between your legs while chasing wild steelhead! Don’t get me wrong; catching them is amazing!!! But, there is more to the experience!

The water temp is still pretty cold (upper 30’s) and that should rise based on the extended forecast. Water temp dictates fish behavior, so adjust your fishing style based on conditions. The colder the water the softer the bites…but steelhead ALWAYS keep you guessing and thats why we love them! Some fish are spawning, but not many. We have been finding new players in the pools and runs, but pocket water near active gravel will start fishing good. Not to mention, fishing for aggressive drop-backs in the mid-sections and lower river from here until May. A great time to catch a steelhead on a stripped streamer!

We still have some great guide dates and lodging available…please contact the shop to inquire or make reservations (231) 745-3529. Below are my personal open dates for the spring…first come first serve and dates may change based on bookings. Thanks you!!!

John Karakashian’s Open Spring Guide Dates:
April 10, 16 & 19 - 26

Look for the egg bite to take over while the spawning activity increases (pale orange/pink, cream clowns, O cheese and fruity nukes). Hex nymphs, fry, sparrows and stones have generated some strikes this week too. When the water temps start warming, let your flies swing after your drift…it’s a great strike! The streamer bite will turn on soon too. Both steelhead and browns will hammer a stripped fly, so give it a try! …white, tan, olive and black are always a good rotation of colors until you find the magic color/size. Don’t be afraid of fishing smaller patterns…big fish eat them too!

Photos of a good week!

Bob with his first ever steelie…excellent work!!

Steve and I with a solid hen!

Spring Break!!! Nice fish Juan!!!!

Mug shot!!!

Tommy and I with buck


Tom with a great buck!

Two Characters!!!

My net man and myself

"In the bag!!!”

Tom and Steve enjoying the moment!!!

Joe with a morning hen

River Clean-Up…Saturday, April 21, 2018…details to follow

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.

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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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Later & Fish-On!


Other reports by John
March 6, 2018 March Madness!!!!
February 27, 2018 02/27/2018
January 30, 2018 01/30/2018
January 18, 2018 Argentina 2018!!!!