The Landing Fish

The Landing Fish

More snow, more snow days, more electrical bills, more winter.  Every February I begin to view the winter sports suspiciously, as if they are a prison trick to distract me my from incarceration.  Alas, there’s a lot more winter to come.  And truly once I’m...
River gems

River gems

Sandwiched between storms was a much appreciated thaw.  The warm temperatures produced billowing fog, dripping forests, stained the river milky, and existed slightly too long to be a complete tease.  And a tease of what?  Not spring.  Not yet.  But fishing weather, at...
Lowlight Marinaro Spinner

Lowlight Marinaro Spinner

This little fly is nothing more than the classic, Marinaro spinner with a little post for the evening angler.  While I normally don’t care if I can see my flies at dusk, for sparse spinners like this, it’s good to know that your fly is still floating.  And...
Break in the weather

Break in the weather

It’s been pretty cold across the country…colder than here, anyway.  Still, the schools have been closed, and the kids have become habituated to snow days.  My entire family has become fly tyers this winter.  Mix in some snowshoes, skis, warm fires, a few...
Too cold?  Too cold.

Too cold? Too cold.

Over the weekend, it was just too cold.  It was a zero degrees for a high on Sunday, a few of the rivers froze shut, deer walked across the Manistee, and not many people went fishing.  On a great day of skiing on Monday, the trees were popping with a noise similar to...