“Darkside” Fly Fishing Practices with Rodent, Frog, Leech, & Fish Patterns for Trophy Brown Trout
Drift Boat & Wading Trips for Trophy Brown Trout fished with GLO Lines to Nocturnal Natured Browns that favor the Dark of Night to hunt. Fishing primarily surface pattern, you cast into prescribed areas, with limited presentation needed to provoke loud, and angry takes from the very willing, low light enhanced predators of Michigan Trout Streams… And My Favorite Way To Angle A Fly!
Stripping Swim Flies for Wild Brown Trout & Steelhead
From a moving boat, covering miles of river, casting in and out of log jams, pockets, and undercuts for resident stream browns all year round, with wild migrating steelhead for another 8 months of the year. Very aggressive takes, with advanced tactics in play to lure the predator into predation. Best streamer window typically range in the fall & spring.
Spey Rod Swinging Fly Applications For Wild Steelhead/Pere Marquette & White Rivers
Using two handed rods with shooting heads & sink tips you apply several different Spey casts to set up, then trek a swung fly into very specific areas to draw a steelhead into reaction. Cast is simply fun and gorgeous to fold, added with a severe tug when the fish grabs the tracking fly, it has become a very productive and persuasive way to angle Great Lakes Steelhead Trout.
Eggin For Borwn Trout During Salmon Run
While actively spawning King Salmon spawn in feet of water, Wild Stream Browns gather the caviar within a few yards aggressively… From September, through October, these visual feeding binders occur within a few rods lengths of the angler… And then again in the spring just behind the spawning Steelhead, late March through middle May.
Floating Line Indicator/Bobber Fishing for Fall/WInter/Early Spring Steelhead On Pere Marquette & White Rivers
Often using Two Handed Switch Rods, Overloaded so to roll the rig of vertical nymphing, with up to two flies, into deep pockets located top to bottom in these systems. Yielding the most action as you can fish to gathered numbers in pockets for multiple casts without begging for the player, Indicator Fly Fishing for Wild Steelhead is a great starting point for an angler.
Dry Fly Fishing the Hex Hatch after dark/early morning for Trophy Browns & sometimes Steelhead!
Late Spring into early summer, the largest of all Mayflies hatches from marrow bottom rivers, and it becomes one of the most spectacular feeding windows for trophy brown trout anywhere in world. Yielding fish over two feet with some frequency, and sometimes nightly, it requires a great amount of skill in fishing a dry fly with a good hook set in the dark.
Spring & Summer Nymphing Tactics For Wild Brown Trout On The Pere Marquette & Pine Rivers
Smaller 9’ trout weight rods in play, fishing floating lines, with or without and indicator, with smaller nymphs fished 45 degrees or even horizontal in shallower riffles with smaller #20-12 sized flies with sparing amounts of weight fished dead drift. Great way to start fly fishing in the fair weather, and the kids do great with this technique in the spring and summer months.
Dry Fly Fishing Daylight Hatches, Hoppers, & Assorted Terrestrials on the Pere Marquette, Pine, & Manistee Rivers
From as early as April Fools, dry fly hatches will consumer the daytimes through the end of June with assorted Hennys, Sulfurs, Grey Drakes, Isos being the highlights of those daylight happenings; with all cycles allowing opportunity through the day. Stones flies start up in late May and cycle from Goldens, then Browns, then giant Salmon flies in August. Post July hatches, still sporadic but daily, morning give way to a great Trico hatch that can be fishing till lunch. Hoppers, Ants, Spiders, Beetles, and other assorted terrestrials can also be fish all the way into October, and to some extent work as soon as the fish begin looking up in April. Relaxed way to spend a day on the water with moving targets, hatches yielding lots of numbers, and hoppers giving up some lunker fish in the dead of summer via explosive takes.
Annual Arkansas Unicorn Hunt for Post Spawn Giants in the White River
Every year in February, I host a trip to Arkansas with some of the best fisherman that frequent my boat, to go and fish day or night, based on conditions, for arguably the worlds largest brown trout. Fishing streamers as large as planter rainbows over a foot, and then all the sizes smaller, we fish longer casts and presentations in a massive tailwater that gives you a real shot of hooking up with NEO himself!