Winter Water

November 25th, 2008

Water temps have dropped to the lower 30’s & Steelhead have begun to adapt to their Winter attitude.  Colder water temps result in tougher fishing, now is the time of the year when the angler has to be patient & cover water thoroughly to get rewarded by the headshake of a Steelhead.  The weather across the U.P. has been much more tolerable lately, highs in the lower 30’s have made for some more seasonably fishing conditions.  Some flow ice & shelf ice is present on rivers across the U.P.- please use caution when wading in winter conditions.  Also did notice the first ice on the lakes-not much longer & then ice augers will be coming out!

Happy Thankgiving to all!

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Winter Weather Event!

November 18th, 2008

Heavy snowfall & disgustingly cold weather has engulfed the U.P. as of lately.  To say that conditions have been challenging for fishing is a bit of an understatement-yesterday it  was 20 degrees & a 30 mph northwest wind pounded 12 plus inches of snow over some parts of the U.P.!  Water levels remain steady, but water temps have dipped into the mid 30’s-this dropping water temps will continue as the forecast isn’t looking pretty.

Jamie Clous- friend & river guide of the Manistee & AuSable Rivers joined me for a few days of Yooper chrome.  Many hours have been spent swinging streamers which has resulted in some memorable hookups, with streamer fishing you will not hook as many fish as nymphing-but the feel of the strike will leave you smiling till your next time on the river.  It is hard to explain why one will fish all day for one strike, but when the line goes tight as a guitar string & you feel the head shake- then you know why.

Steelhead-they are way more fun to catch than to eat.  Practice catch & release!!