David Grossman from Southern Culture On the Fly visited Beaver Island this summer. David is one of the most unique people I’ve ever meet, so it makes sense that he wrote the most unique fishing article I’ve ever read. Do Steve, Austin and I really sound like this? I hope so, I like it.

The excellent photos are by Alex Landeen who was also on the trip.

Here is a link to the latest issue of Southern Culture On the Fly that includes the Beaver Bombin’ article that starts on page 107.

David is a fun guy to hang out with on or off the water and already has his 2017 Beaver Island trip on the books, we can’t wait to see what happens next summer.


This summer Austin caught a tagged carp while fishing near Beaver Island, the carp also appeared to have a radio transmitter implanted in its abdomen. Poking around on-line the only carp tagging study I could find was a few years ago on the St. Joseph River.

If you know anything about this carp please let us know (indigoguideinfoATgmail.com), we’re eager to learn more about this fish.

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A Beaver Island Classic

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Two Funky Days on the Island

This is the story of two days on the waters of the Beaver Islands. Day one is where three carp were landed but two were the biggest of the year. Why out of a hundred or more carp that we cast at that day did two pigs decide to jump on our flies?

Day two finds Steve and I scouting and ending up with a situation where we had fifty or so tailing, seemingly perfect, carp to our left and a cruiser every know and then coming up on the shallow right. We perfectly pounded on the trailers and caught nothing, out of desperation I cast to a cruiser on the left and it ate. This was followed by more great presentations to the tailers with no success and a bite from the next cruiser on the right.

This was the same group of fish, the cruisers were simply tailers that would break off and go for a swim along the edge of the pool. So in summary, the feeders would only bite our flies when they stopped feeding, or at least something like that.

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