Shop Hours: 6am to 6pm Seven days a week.…please stop in or call for your fishing supplies, guides and/or Motel rooms…231-745-3529.

We got a bump in water over the last couple days. This has been a heck of a season thus far!!! BIG fish and plentiful numbers…but the early high water is catching up with us. There are tons of fish, but the pools are emptying out and gravels are loading up. The focus for steelhead is getting stronger each day, but in due time! Look for the occasional brown and/or steelhead in the slots and runs below spawning areas. We have been seeing some very nice steelhead sliding up the river each day…we have hooked a few, but only a few to the net yet! Each and every year, I look forward to this time of year…the hunt for steelhead is on!

We appreciate all the business thus far…it has been a great fall! We are really busy for the next couple weeks and love it! Thank you!!! We still have guides available throughout the season on most days. September is in the books and that means fall in Michigan!!! The steelhead countdown is on!!! By Mid-October, we switch to steelhead fishing which is our favorite time of year to be hunting chrome on the river. Give it a try if you have never experienced it…there is nothing better! We pride ourselves in honest fishing reports and this is no different. We are experiencing a good run of kings (and most are whoppers!!!). It’s time to go fishing!!!

My current open guide dates: October 14, 16, 18, 22 & then it open up for steelhead fishing We have other guides available and lodging if needed. Please contact the shop 231-745-3529.

Try tossing spinners or Hot-N-Tots lures if you are spin fishing…there are new steelhead entering the system daily. Adjust your color selections based on water clarity and sky conditions. For the fly guys…try Egg Sucking Leeches, black stones, Green caddis, flash flies and egg patterns. Of course, it is always recommended to have an egg pattern on at this time of year around spawning kings.…you never know whats down there eating eggs? There has been a mix of stream trout taken on egg patterns this week.

There are fishable numbers throughout the system. Double check your knots this year, because the fish are large and in charge! Rods are snapping and nets are breaking. Enjoy the challenge and don’t get frustrated for not landing many.

It was a great week…for me, my family, the shop and the river! I have a couple more salmon trips on the books and then we will begin the hunt for steelhead!

River Clean-Up October 27, 2018….details to follow

It is certainly not too early to start thinking about fall and winter steelhead. By mid-October we will be steelhead hunting until the weather gets too brutal. It will be here before you know it. Fall is in the air…NFL Football, college ball & kings are running!

Later & Fish-On!

John

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