Here's a variation of the great pattern invented by Dan Byford in the mid-70's. Replacing the mylar body with a conehead and dubbed Hare'e Ice body is a fantastic sculpin/leach pattern that should be tied in several colors.
This first night pattern is simple yet effective and students tied some very nice flies.
Sign up today for this upcoming Winter's fly tying at Streamside. There will be all new flies, new materials, new techniques, plus a special guest tyer, Mark Lord, will be tying his Extended Body Hendrickson. For covid reasons, we are limiting the class size to 9 students. So, sign up early to be sure we have room.
The Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School returns to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa just east of downtown Traverse City. Orvis Michigan will once again offer both one and two day schools. Conveniently located only a few minutes from downtown Traverse City, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will offer dedicated classroom facilities, private trout pond, and luxurious accommodations at special rates for Orvis one day and two day students.
Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing Schools combine northwoods beauty and classic elegance at The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. After matching the hatch on Michigan’s famed Manistee, or Boardman Rivers, you can choose to relax at the beach, play some golf or tennis, or explore the beautiful sand beaches of Grand Traverse Bay. The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is home to our two day fly fishing schools which include wading the famous Boardman River where the Adams fly was invented. Miles of streams are available after class, or take in the sun on the Resort’s private Lake Michigan beachfront.
Schools utilize private trout ponds and classrooms, as well as serene stretches of the Boardman River only a few minutes away. Orvis Michigan is designed to introduce the intricacies of fly fishing to an absolute novice, but even experienced fly anglers will find personal and advanced instruction tailored to their level of experience. From knots to entomology, casting to tackle, the instructors at Orvis Michigan will fully prepare you to step into the stream.
One of the attractions of the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School is the variety of rivers that surround the resort. While the Manistee River’s "flies only" water lures most of our float and wade trip anglers, the Boardman River and public access is only minutes away. (Note: The famous Adams fly was invented on the Boardman River in nearby Mayfield, Michigan.) The Manistee is nearly a mirror image of its sister river, the AuSable River. Miles of easily waded gravel and sand bottom and easy access makes the Manistee River the river of choice to set out on your own. The river is approximately thirty to sixty feet across in most stretches and boasts prolific hatches. While the Boardman River is a little narrower (twenty to forty feet across in the upper reaches) it too has open stretches that are especially inviting for the novice angler. Both rivers have easy public access, are two to four feet in depth, and are only twenty to thirty minutes from the shop. Spring runs of steelhead and fall runs of Chinook
Summer hatches are a distant memory, and the weather is turning colder. As the water cools, the sun gets lower in the sky, and the hours of daylight shorten, brown trout and brook trout put on their brilliant spawning colors and get aggressive as they build their spawning redds and begin the spawning ritual.
Watching over their redds turns them into protective predators who will eat anything that gets too close. Throwing streamers and stripping or swinging them across the river becomes the preferred tactic to fool some of the largest fish of the year.
Here are some tactics that may help you make your Fall streamer fishing more productive. First, since today’s modern s
The Lovells Township Historical Society Museum has a great series of podcasts featuring many interesting fly fishing and fly tying experts that share a great history of the sport in the Grayling area. This month's podcast features our own Dave Leonhard who shares nearly 60 years of fly fishing in the area. I think you'll enjoy the conversation around the ol' stove. JUST CLICK THE LINK BELOW:
Here are some trips worth considering...
SAN PEDRO, BELIZE
A RECIPIENT OF NUMEROUS AWARDS AND ACCOLADES, AND KNOWN AS A WORLD CLASS FLY FISHING RESORT, EL PESCADOR IS A TOP CHOICE FOR ANGLERS, ECO-ADVENTURERS, COUPLES AND FAMILIES LOOKING FOR THE BEST OF BELIZE.
JUNE 15 — DECEMEBER 14, 2021 "TWO HEADS FOR ONE" ANGLING PACKAGES
Book 3, 4, 5, or six day packages for the regular price, and take a fishing pal FREE! It's the best deal of the year in the Caribbean. Bonefish, permit, tarpon...
Our packages start with our all-inclusive standard package. You can add any additional activities to it for a fee. Most people customize a package to include the level and type of activities desirable to them. That's why El Pescador is the perfect place for your dream Belize vacation.
We also offer an all-inclusive fishing package plan for serious anglers as well as an all-inclusive diving package. Additionally, adventure packages are available for those seeking a broader Belize vacation experience.
When you have an idea what activities you would like, contact us. We will help you plan and price your unique vacation at El Pescador.
Call Streamside (231) 933-9300 to book your trip.
Fly fiish the beautiful South Holston River in northeast Tennessee for rainbow and brown trout near Bristol Tennessee. Your host for this trip will be custom boatbuilder and Michigan river guide, Phil Croff. The South Holston River is a fantastic tail water fishery that boasts more than 9000 rainbow and brown trout per mile! The South Holsten utilizes a bottom draw dam that stays very cold all year and supports a very healthy trout population.
The 2-day package includes:
*prices for additional nights and guided fishing are available upon request
The lodge is located only 2 hours from Gatlinburg, Tennessee, one hour from Asheville, North Carolina, approximately 8 hours from Detroit, 12 hours from Traverse City.
Trips are available from February 15, 2021 through March 19, 2021.
To book your trip, contact Phil Croff (231 330-5762.
Linehan Outfitting Company offers trout fishing on the fantastic Kootenai River in Libby, Montana. Just west and south of Kalispell, Montana and Glacier National Park, the Kootenai River flows out of the massive Libby Dam on the border of US and Canada. Fish for Kootenai rainbows (wild indigenous strain of rainbow trout, bull trout, and some browns as well. Linehan Outfitters has won the prestigious Orvis Outfitter of the Year award. Stay in one of the fantastic Yaak cabins or the fabulous River house on the River just outside of Libby.
For rates or to sign up, call (800) 596-0034, or call Streamside and we'll get rates and availabilities for you.
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As the summer months arrive and the giant mayfly hatches slowly fade into distant memories of late nights, big fish, and massive riseforms, many fly anglers retire their gear for the season. Others embrace the midday warm sunshine and grassy banks to wander the river listening for the clicking of grasshoppers along the banks as the sun rises above the treetops. By late July, grasshoppers, beetles, and ants have matured and are gathering by the river’s edge to eat, drink, and mate.
Warm temperatures at midday brings these insects to the river to drink and eat the lush grassy banks and as the air warms, winds increase and blow them into the river. Large trout recognize this and align themselves along the bank waiting for them to fall into the river.
Ant colonies, now growing and expanding their sandy tunnels are regularly washed into the river by heavy rains that often accompany hot summer afternoon temperatures. Once again, trout become aware of this and key in on these tiny morsels.
Beetle populations grow this time of year in the dark shadows of the cedar swamps that line many sections of the cold water streams. They too become prey for the trout that lay along the edges of these swampy sections.
Just as many think the mayfly hatches are finished for the season, here comes the tiny tricorythodes (#20) hatch in late July. Fearful of baking in the hot, midday sunshine, the little trico’s emerge in the cool overnight, and early morning air. Don’t be caught off guard in the morning if clouds of these tiny mayflies gather, mate, and spin to the water bringing every trout in the river to the surface to feed.
Here are few tips that may help your success during this season. First, trico fishing is specialized and requires that you prepare to arrive early, fish longer leaders and fine tippets in the 6X and 7X diameters. If you intend to look for the feeders in the early morning light, be prepared with all phases of the hatch — emergers, duns, and spinners.
Hopper fishing utilizes larger flies in the #8 to #12 sizes. They are fairly wind resistant and require tippets in the 4X to 5X range. If you’re fishing faster, Western rivers, shorter 7½ foot leaders will be fine. In Michigan, 9 foot leaders are better for the slower, flatter water.
If hopper fishing is your game for the day, take your time getting started. Grasshoppers won’t arrive at the river to drink until the sun is high in the sky and the winds have begun to build. Remember, it’s the wind that builds in the afternoon sun that provides the insects to the trout. So, trout are not looking for them until the sun reaches above the treetops. Plan to fish areas that receive direct sunlight. It’s the grassy banks that boast good populations of hoppers. So fish sections that allow you to wade downstream and cast to the deep undercut, grassy banks. Listen for the clicking sound that adult grasshoppers make. That’s a sure sign that trout will be looking for these big morsels.
As you wade downstream in Michigan streams, be aware of your surroundings. If you suddenly find yourself in a dark, section shaded by cedar trees, change from a hopper to a beetle pattern. Beetles inhabit the rotted logs and decaying regions of the wet cedar swamps. Then as you emerge from the darkness to more grassy banks basking in the sunshine, change back to your hopper pattern.
Fishing terrestrials out West is a little different than fishing them on an Eastern river where one is unable to walk a bank because of the brush that grows thickly along its banks. Along the western rivers of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah, Eastern tag alder lined banks are replaced by open banks and sagebrush. This allows anglers to walk banks and fish upstream. In this situation, you can cast upstream tight to the bank ten or fifteen feet upstream and lift the rod as the fly comes down stream toward you. You can then walk a few steps up the bank and cast agai