Splash mark

Splash mark

It hasn’t been a very consistent week of fishing.  Yesterday had the unrelenting hot wind pressure of a forced air furnace.  Today was both windy and cold.  Before that, it was drake weather without the drakes.  The little sulphurs have had their moments.  There...
The revolving trout run

The revolving trout run

I forgot my bug spray this evening.  The bugs haven’t been that bad in 2021.  Tonight — as dank and humid as any night so far this summer — the bugs were atrocious.  They tore into me.  It was terrible.  I contemplated spreading muck on me (maybe) or...
Yep, I saw it

Yep, I saw it

I love dock/big fish stories.  Here’s one.  My friend Curtis was scouting out a new six-weight down at the lodge dock.  The weather was pretty sleety, but by Plumber Dan’s calendar, it was a “black fish day” — meaning we had high hopes,...
Up a creek

Up a creek

In popular culture, up a creek is a bad thing.  To the angler, it’s a good thing.  In fact, the further up a creek you are, the better.  I got pretty far up one today.  To be honest, the last few days have been pretty uninspiring.  Both the Au Sable and Manistee...