Friday, March 25, 2016

This Never Happens!

I was fortunate enough to get out with my long time fishing buddy and best friend NT last weekend.  We kept a close eye on the weather and the flows in Southwest Michigan for the week leading up to Friday.  The area had some rainfall earlier in the week but the Dowagiac was dropping nicely and with the forecast for cloudy skies and temps in the upper 40's, we decided to make the run.  This area works out great for the both of us since I'm coming from the Chicago suburbs and he's traveling from Northwest Ohio.

We met at the spot right before sunrise and quickly were off working our way downstream to get away from the crowds.  The water was at 360 cfs which allowed safe wading for the stretch we would be concentrating on.  Fish were stacked in the river and I was beyond excited for this impromptu chance to finally land a steelhead.

After a few hours of fishing and with a few hook ups but nothing to hand, we decided to trek back to the car to reload some essential gear and refuel ourselves.  It was on this walk that we were able to find some new holes to hit with active fish in the area.  It was one of these spots that I finally hooked, battled, played, and landed my first steelhead.  Memories and history were made on this single fish.  All the hours years spent hunting these gorgeous creatures, all the times walking back to the car skunked, was erased that afternoon.

As you can see from the photo's below, the trip was epic.  Over 30 fish hooked and between the two of us 10 steelhead landed and a few resident brown trout taking advantage of the steelhead love shack.  Hopefully we can duplicate our success in a few weeks in Steelhead Alley, Ohio.  I know my confidence is sky high right now.

NT with a nice streamer caught beast.

NT's streamer brown.

My second on the trip.

All released to be caught another day.

Friday, October 18, 2013

White River DRiFT Trip

(Above picture is of an old creek mill just outside of Arkansas in Missouri)
Last week was the annual DuPage River Fly Tiers trip down to Cotter, Arkansas to fish the tailwaters of the White River.  The fishing was from Sunday - Thursday and with nine guys floating out of different launch points, we covered some water as a group on a daily basis.

A member of the club was nice enough to let me borrow an extra pontoon boat for the week.  I am not sure how I would have managed fishing from just a wading standpoint.  The red  beast pictured above is what my ride looked like for the entire week.  With the change in water flows on an hourly basis, it is important to fish with people who have been on the water before.  Luckily for me, most guys on this trip were seasoned vets and I had safety tips coming at me from all angles.
I was warned going into this trip that it is a river that fishes like no other river.  It might take me a few days to get a hang of it.  With that information and my history of fish catching skills, I had very low expectations.  The first day produced just under 10 trout (all rainbows) about the size of the one in the net above.  I ended up doing fairly good for the week with getting around 50 trout (all but one were rainbows the other was a small brown).
All in all it was an amazing trip.  I will do more of an extensive write up but will have to figure out how to do it.  I normally do a fishing story day by day per post but I have never been on a trip as long as this with so many things that went on.  I just wanted to let the readers know that the trip was a blast and I actually caught a few fish.  Keep checking back to get the full write up on the trip and experiences staying with 10 other individuals.

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Eve before a Trip

I'm not one that takes many full blown fishing trips these days with having 2 kids under three in the house.  But here we are on the eve of my first ever trip to the White River.  5am pick up and then its 10 hours between me and the historic trout fishery.
This is my first time targeting strictly trout for such a long trip (5 days of fishing) and even though I doubt I'll have much luck, I plan on fishing the hell out of that river.  Not sure if I'll be able to leave teasers during the trip, or if I'll have anything worth teasing but either way, a trip report will be in the future.
Until then...tight lines (I hope).