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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

May 22, 2017

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

Trout fishing has been pretty good on the Pere Marquette River! Hatches are happening and the fish are looking up! Gray Drakes are throughout the river system with sulphur, mahoganies, yellow sallies, large stones and BWO’s filling in the cracks. Dry fly fishing has been productive and exciting when the bugs are popping. It feels good to be casting dry flies again and hunting rising trout.

Got Gray Drakes??? We do!!!

Brent had a good day of streamer action!!

We have open dates for guides and Motel rooms. My open dates are: May 28, 29 & 30 June 8, 9, 11 - 13, 15 - 17, 26 - 28 & 30 (Prime Hex hatch days are Mid-June to early July!). We have other guides available most days. Full day ($395) or half day ($295) float trips are available at this time of year…morning, noon or night. We accommodate your schedule and cater to any level of experience. If you are interested in booking a trip and/or Motel room please contact the shop…231-745-3529.

Perry fooled this dandy brown on a streamer

Nice PM brown on a dry fly!!!

It is not too early to twitch rubber legged attractor flies either. Slap the bank, bubble lines and seams…they will find it! The river is in great shape right now for day fly fishing (Low and clear). However, we have some rain and cooler temps in the extended forecast, so we will see what hand mother nature deals us for the next week of trout fishing? Condition are always changing, so be flexible.

Giant stones skated will get some attention

I even got to catch a couple last week!

The streamer action has been good when the bugs are not hatching. Black, olive, yellow and white have been productive colors. Quick and erratic strips are the best action in the current conditions. Small streamers use short strips and big streamers use long strips…slapped tight to structure. Have faith in your fly or change it. We should experience some good streamer action the next couple days until things warm back up.

David and I with a nice sulphur sipper

Trout season is upon us…come enjoy the hatches

Nymphing with size #16 bead heads and cooper john’s will catch fish when all else fails. Swinging soft hackles and wet flies through the riffles and gravel pockets will get a bend in the rod too…but I like dries and streamers myself. It is awesome to watch the strike!

I do not have a whole lot to say…it is pretty straightforward; Trout fishing is happening. The next 6 weeks are going to be some of the best dry fly hatch fishing of the year. Sulphur, drakes and the hex hatches, plus terrestrials and after dark waking for the big boys! Don’t let this summer go by without joining us for a day or night on the river...give the shop a call to book a trip 231-745-3529.

The shop is loaded up with flies, rods, reels, lines, leaders, tippett, ect. Please swing in for your trout fishing supplies and get an up to date river report. Conditions and hatches change rapidly, this report is a snap-shot of the past week. Our Gray Drake hatch has arrived and hexes are not too far off…Maybe by mid-June? I love this time of year…browns on the surface and hunting the river.

A great combo…Sage X with SA’s new glow line!!! Stop by the shop to get one spooled up for your rig. $59.99 Retail

First brown on the new set up!!!

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!

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):

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.

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!


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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

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