Pere Marquette salmon: anticipation

Fished hard today for early salmon on the lower river. They’re just not here yet, but Mike got into a few nice pike. We got a good shot of rain last week but the lake is still too warm and so we wait. And perhaps this is good. As Steve says, before hand to hand combat with kings you need to prepare, you need to get everything up to snuff, clean and replace lines, clean and oil reels, tie flies, look at pictures from last year, and generally steel yourself for the knuckle busting, tail walking, ass kicking chrome of salmon in August on the Pere Marquette river. Because right now we’re fishing on hope alone. But maybe this weekend or maybe next week when the word starts to trickle down that the fish are in you need to be ready, you need to be ready to fish with guts and hopefully with glory.

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