Category: Forum


    February 16, 2018 • Forum

                        The Spey Cast The Spey cast is a roll cast that includes a change of direction. It allows the angler to make long casts without a lot of room for a back cast. The casting technique may be used with very long double-handed rods as […]


    April 26, 2017 • Forum, Tips

    Early season trout fly fishing in Northern Michigan is typically centered on the Hendrickson (ephemerella subvaria #14) hatch. This three-tailed mayfly was given it’s common name by Theodore Gordon who tied flies to imitate the hatch for Albert Everett. Hendrickson. The Hendricksons are sometimes referred to as the “Gentleman’s” hatch because of its late morning […]

  3. How to Choose the Right Leader

    March 16, 2017 • Forum, Resources, Tips

    There are three important choices to consider when choosing the right leader for fly fishing. They are the length of the leader, and the size of the diameter of the butt section and diameter of the tippet (or level portion at the end of the leader).   Length Three factors determine what length leader to […]

  4. Fly Casting: The Pick Up

    January 21, 2016 • Forum, Tips

    Most participants at the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School arrive as novices. As such, we start their fly-casting instruction by asking them to pick up the fly line from the ground and deliver it back to the ground.  Amazingly, this is all that fly-casting really is: a pick-up and a delivery. Everything else that we […]

  5. Double Hauling Made Easier

    January 21, 2016 • Forum, Tips

    One of the many casting techniques that I teach each year is the double haul.  When fly casters begin  to challenge their skills and attempt longer casts, they quickly learn that it becomes increasingly difficult to add the increased amount of energy into the cast in a smooth enough manner to avoid tailing loops. As […]

  6. Stream Report Upper Manistee, Boardman Rivers – 7/4/15

    July 4, 2015 • Forum, Stream Reports

    Happy Fourth of July! Boardman River Boardman River is fishing well and still trying to get on track with the hex. Lower water has had great fishing for hex as the big bugs have drawn large fish to the surface nights from 10:30pm-midnight. The upper water from the Forks to Keystone is just beginning to […]

  7. Streamside’s Logan Krieger Releases Big Trout

    June 25, 2015 • Forum

    Those of you who frequent our store in TC know Logan and know how hard he and the other Streamside gillies fish night after night this time of year. Last night he landed a really nice fish in the 25 inch category! Nice goin’ Logan.  

  8. Stream Report Upper Manistee, Boardman Rivers – 6/20/15

    June 19, 2015 • Forum, Stream Reports

    BOARDMAN RIVER Fishing is now very good as fish are now feeding and looking to the surface for sulfurs and sulfur spinners. Upper water from Forks down is fair with sulfurs (e.inbvaria #1 and dorotheas #18). Sulfur spinners are mixed in with some yellow stoneflies and a few March browns (stenonema vicarium#12) mixed in from […]

  9. The Silent Hatch

    May 31, 2015 • Forum, Uncategorized

    This article appeared for the first time in Spring of 2003 as an article I wrote for Michigan Trout’s Shooting Lines. I suggested we reprint it in an effort to avoid a “silent hatch” this year on our favorite streams. The Silent Hatch By Dave Leonhard Many years ago, I wrote a fictitious article about […]