Winter Duldrums

February 27th, 2009

This is by far the most difficult fishing of the year-cold clear water conditions have been present for months & fish just aren’t interesting in eating much.  Ice has moved back in on the big pond, so offshore options are gone for now. Good opportunities for some cool pictures of the rivers in winter mode-but not so good of fishing! I am sure ready for Spring, my arsenal of fly boxes are more stocked than ever right now I think!  It seems every Winter that the anticipation for Spring grows even stronger.  I can only explain it to be like a child at Christmas time, but instead of a wrapped present it’s a chrome Steel on the other end of the line.

Stop by Colton Bay Outfitters in Ann Arbor, Mi March 5 @ 6 pm-we will be presnting a slide show on fly fishing here in Michigan’s U.P..  It is always a good time to sit back & chat about the upcmoing season!

A few dates open for Spring Steelhead-guaranteed to be more fun than your day job!

Open Water

February 16th, 2009

The warmer weather and heavy winds moved a large amount of ice out that has been present on near shore Lake Superior waters-this opened up some good early season opportunies.  Aggresive Salmonids are present when conditions like this exist in mid Winter-good baitfish amounts are present & these fish take advantage of the situation!  It isn’t to often in February when one can venture out onto the big water!  Rivers have risen with the warmer temps but have quickly went back to their prior state with the cold evenings we have had the past few days.  Steelhead and resident Trout are present-good presentations in slow Winter water has been productive.  The warm weather brought out more anglers that have been stewing around the house for months with the cold temps, so fish have gotten a bit more educated.

Can you feel it?  Spring-coming soon!