Archive for the ‘flies’ Category

Tying at Cabela’s this Saturday

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

I’ll be tying carp and steelhead flies at the Dundee Cabela’s this Saturday (February 13th). The only problem with this event is that I always spend too much money and head home with a truck full of new gear. The store is so big it just has everything you could possibly want.

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A Short Carpy Interlude – Breakfast with Luis

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

“Kevin, your carp breakfast fly has done wonders for my fishing the last few weeks.”



Good to hear, Luis!

Old Carp Breakfast posts:

Where to buy a bucket of Carp Breakfasts:

Fancy yourself the tying kind?

Stalk Luis Santiago at:
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Black Magic

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Anyone who has spent a day with me fly fishing Michigan salmon know that I have a definite thing for black Wooly Buggers with just the right amount of flash.

We were on a nice bite a few days ago. A day which was way too hot and sunny for anything good to be happening in the salmon world. I had my customer throwing an egg and Bugger combination and though we landed several salmon on that black Bugger two were special.

Special in that they inhabited shallow water clear enough to watch the fly as it drifted and swung and in two different spots during our float these salmon rushed forward and woofed down that black intruder. On that warm sunny day the light was perfect and we watched those fish eat as one would on a high-definition television.

One of the greatest things about fishing is encountering the unexpected and on what should have been a very plain and ordinary day I think you could say we were blessed with a little Black Magic.

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Pere Marquette River Fishing Report – September 25th

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Salmon numbers on the PM have increased possibly tenfold over the past several days but before you grab your gear and make a rush for the river understand that this is still very low, but at least it is going in the right direction. The other side of this low-fish coin is that we have been seeing much lighter pressure compared to past years and even though the salmon numbers have not reached the level to which we are accustomed, we’ve been getting into enough fish to make for good days on the water.

Current conditions are low and clear, especially as you head upstream. My best fly lately has been a two inch black Wooly Bugger with a bit of flash.

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