The shop hours are 8am to 6pm daily….we will be closed for the gun opener (11/15). Good luck to the Deer hunters and be safe!

There are plenty of fish around and throughout the system.  For the most part fishing has been good!  The river is low and clear right now.  The water temps are dropping quickly; the fish stopped jumping a day or two ago (the weather is changing rapidly).  It has been a GREAT fall; one to remember for sure!!!  Epic late October push of fish and better then normal November fishing…stay tuned…We still have some guides available and lodging at the Motel if needed…231-745-3529.

We have been throwing the “kitchen Sink” at them lately.  We do it all….fly fishing, bobbers & beads, and plugs!  It has been a great time fishing with guests over the last few weeks…very productive and memorable!!!   The water temps are starting to drop, so start your drifts on the inside and work out!  Plus, you might want to work each run/pool a little bit longer.  The fish have been very upset and angry!

 

I love this time of year!  I have been entertained by the results of this fall…there has been no shortage of entertainment!!!  “Let ’em run….never mind!”…”RIDE THE LIGHTING”

 

We will be deploying several different techniques to target steelhead.  Fly fishing (C&D, switch rods with floats, streamers…both stripped and swung) and Spin fishing (tossing hardware and drifting beads under floats)…we do it all!  Most days we bounce between a couple different styles to see what’s working best.  If you are NOT a fly fisherman…NO problem!  If you prefer NOT to spin fish…NO problem!  When booking a trip just communicate your preferred approach with the shop, so the guide will be prepared in the morning.  Or take the guides advice…we have our finger on the pulse and will be out there daily.

Please be mindful of the regulation on the Pere Marquette…Everything up-stream of M-37 and the Baldwin River are closed until the last Saturday in April, from M-37 to Gleason’s Landing is “Flies Only/Catch & Release” (NO BEADS WHAT SO EVER), from Gleason’s Landing to Lake Michigan is open to all legal techniques (bait, hardware, beads and flies).  We have been doing some bead fishing a little more and sell beads in the shop; but trying to educate/communicate where they can be fished.

Presentation is the name of the game!  Presentation in all aspects; the drift, leaders & line, fly or bead color/size, hook size, mends, proper weight, proper depth of your floats, physically approaching the pool/run, casting a shadow…you get the point.  But it all makes a difference in finding a player most days in low water.  Tread lightly and stay off the run as much as possible to increase your odds.  That is just my $0.02’s.  Also, please try your best to respect your fellow anglers as well…boats floating by bring in your lines, have a sit and drift thru the entire run with the least amount of disturbance.  Just a friendly reminder…that is the proper edict around here…it will be appreciated!

 

 

Later,

John

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