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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

March 19, 2017

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

I had the day off today, so thought I would toss up a quick update…The river is low and clear at the moment. Water temps are still cold, but will increase this week with our weather pattern getting back to “normal”. Plus, fishing pressure is increasing…tis the season! Please respect anglers space and water!

A perfect buck!!!

My open guide dates…April 13, 15, 17, 20 - 27
…please contact the shop to reserve a day on the river! 231-745-3529 Plus, we have other guides available most days and Motel Rooms too!

Please swing into the shop for your fishing supplies…the shop LOADED with inventory!!! Lots of new items, TONS of fly tying materials, hooks, boxes, rods, reels, fly lines, waders, apparel…you get the idea. We would appreciate your consideration for purchases. Feel free to call the shop for current conditions…231-745-3529.

Bob with a hot hen on a cold day!

Dan caught this hen on a clown egg

Buzzy with a great buck! Thanks again guys!!!

Natural size clown eggs (#8 - #12), chartreuse nuke eggs (were hot in the cold water) and estaz eggs in natural colors have been productive. The salmon fry have started popping and the bite has been exciting fishing fry patterns…dead drifted, swinging or even striping in have generated some strikes this week. Plus, hexes and stoneflies are getting bit daily. Look at the water and adjust your pattern size to match…they can see much, much better then you think! Bottom bouncing and Indi rigs are our techniques of choice, but stripping streamers between spots is an option too! The streamer action will be more consistent once the water temps stabilize. Just a friendly reminder beads are not a fly and should not be fished in the Flies Only Section…thank you!

Jim and I with a hard hitting hen in cold water!

Marshall picked this hen out of pocket water

We have experienced a good week of fishing with lots of new spring fish. Look for fish holding in pools and runs, but moving towards the gravel and pockets when the river warms up a touch. Tomorrow is the first official day of spring and we are gaining daylight everyday…more sun-load on the water will increase water temps. Hard strikes from new fish has been fun to watch and I am looking forward to another week on the water with clients! See you out there or around the shop!

Jackson with his first ever steelhead! Congratulations and great job!!!

Jackson and I with a crazy hen…he figured out the cast, the drift and landing them!!!

Jackson and Mike enjoying a day on the river together

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…here we go, our spring steelhead season is on!!!

Take Care!


Announcements/Destination Travel Info-

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

…contact the shop to reserve your spot! 231-745-3529.

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