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John Karakashian-BBT
Co-owner & Guide

Happy New Year!
January 2, 2012

We are offering our winter guide trip special from now till March 1st… Half day trips are $25.00 off and for a full day, you get a free motel room or $50.00 off, your pick! Just Call, 1-877-422-5394 or 1-231-745-3529, (Closed on Tuesdays, open Wednesday thru Monday 9am to 5pm).

I would like to wish everyone a happy new year!!! I really appreciate all the bookings in 2011 and can’t wait to see you next year. And we (Heather and I, Steve and Karen and all the shop/motel staff) sincerely thank everyone who stopped in the shop, stayed at the Motel or traveled with us in 2011….THANK YOU!!!! I am looking forward to all the great times we will have in 2012. THANK you very, very much! Plus the river and fishery helped…we are blessed to have such an amazing resource.

Happy New Year from BBT! First snow fall of 2012 on the Baldwin River

Sorry for the long delay in reporting…I was very busy enjoying the holiday season and taking advantage of the nice weather (going fishing!). It looks like our extended fall is over. It was an incredibly mild December and we enjoyed some great fishing. We received our first major snow fall yesterday with more on the way and cooler temps in the extended forecast. However, with that being said there are plenty of steelhead to keep us busy throughout the winter.

The egg bite still remains strong (cream clowns, chartreuse nukes, OC nukes, clowns and early girl glow bugs), but we are also catching some fish on nymphs (Black stones, wiggle hexes, Pheasant Tails and sparrows). Do not be afraid of changing flies and working the runs/pools thoroughly before trying new water. Streamer fishing will remain good, but slower strips or swinging will generate better results. Leeches in Black, purple or olive will get you some tugs. There are plenty of steelies throughout the system to target. Please exercise extreme caution while launching and retrieving boats at the launches.

We have some great openings for guided trips and/or rooms at the Motel (great for snowmobilers too…there is tons of parking for trucks and trailers). We will be out fishing to keep our finger on the pulse, so please call the shop and put us to work. The traffic has slowed way down, but the fish are still available. We deploy several techniques during this time of year…bottom bouncing, floating line with indicators and (my personal favorite) streamers! Plus, we cater to every skill level…from very experienced anglers to beginners trying to learn the ropes. You are all welcome and will most likely walk away with some new knowledge or perspective. Keep an eye on the forecast and give us a call…1-877-422-5394…we would love to have you!

Upcoming Events -

This Thursday (Jan. 5) at 7:00pm I will be the guest speaker/fly tyer for the West Michigan Hacklers Fly Tying Club (no web site). The meeting will be held at the Crystal Valley Town Hall on 1470 Hammett Road, Crystal Valley. If you are a member or would like to check it out please stop by.

Steve and I are heading down to this show Indianapolis Fly Fishing Show. Saturday, January 7th. So, please swing by our both and say hello if you are in the area.

Here are a few photos from recent outings:

Eric with a chrome hen…great fishing with you & even more thanks for your great service to our country!

Grant with a beautifully spotted steelie

Joe and I with a large buck…great net job buddy!

Rick and I with a hot hen!

Charlie with a great buck to end his year!

Charlie and I with my last steelie of 2011!

Jimmy with a nice buck

A perfect specimen released to fight another day

Until the next time, take care and enjoy the solitude of the season. I wish you all the best in 2012!

Announcements/News/Destination Travel Info-

Alaska 2012
Want to fish some of the best rivers in Alaska (Katmai/Bristol Bay Area) without spending an arm and a leg??? Then join us for this summer’s BBT Alaska trip ($500 per person holds your spot)…Week one: July 28– 4, 2012 and week two: August 4 – 11, 2012. We have room for twenty guests each week. The package price per person is $2,295.00 and includes:
• Six full days guided fishing
• All your lodging and meals
• Transportation to and from the Airport in King Salmon, AK

An incredible Alaskan fishing experience with an affordable price

Please contact the shop to sign up for this exceptional trip!

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Later & Fish-On!


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