Falling leaves and dying salmon

Kevin sends the following about Fall salmon fishing on the Pere Marquette. While we still have great numbers of fish in the river, things are finally starting to wind down.

Last week was special. The weather, fall colors and fishing have all been great. The river quiets down a lot in October, a time when you can float and marvel at how perfect things can be in West Michigan. Views like stained glass as sunshine bursts through red, orange and yellow trees on a frosty morning. The sunrise is very welcomed because everyone is still dressing for summer and those first few hours can be cold.

As a bonus we have big, feisty fish rolling and slashing throughout a perfect river that seems all too small to have such big fish. The first presentation of the morning is often pounced on by the largest and most aggressive fish that quickly wrecks everything after a couple viscous head shakes and a long run. Then a steaming cup of coffee as we tie knots.

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