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: Michigan Steelhead Trip Pictures

05-04-2002, 11:22 AM
Muskegon River a couple of miles below Croton Dam On Monday Day one of the trip. Nice wide river for the spey. Yes it was a cold wintry morning

05-04-2002, 11:28 AM
This is the run I hit the two chromers first thing Monday morning, and watched them porpoising and jumping saying good bye to me and my fly :whoa:

05-04-2002, 11:45 AM
More to come have to resize some pictures.

05-04-2002, 06:53 PM
A sweet river with all wild fish.

05-04-2002, 06:55 PM
This is below the weir, maybe 2 miles from Lake Michigan

05-04-2002, 07:01 PM
What a pretty river this is all in the national forest and accessible, no DBs either, do you see why ?

05-04-2002, 07:04 PM
Fly fishing only no kill stretch - All wild fish salmon, steelhead, brown trout, 24 X7 open season, except for the trout.

05-04-2002, 07:08 PM
Did I say the water was like a spring creek and there was a lot of log jams, and deep bends to chase hooked steelie through:smokin: :smokin:

05-04-2002, 07:10 PM
Just upstream from here is the Deer Lick and where several of my encounters with Mr. and Mrs. Steelhead were. They still swim wild today, which the most important thing for me

05-04-2002, 07:13 PM
Just downstream from Green Cottage.

The Avatar picture under my name shows me fishing these runs about 10 years ago in November for the autumun steelies

05-04-2002, 07:18 PM
There are three primary wallets of steelie flies there, god knows how many there are. 100s at least. Never be on the river with out the right fly is my motto. Oh forget to tell you there are 4 more backup contingency small boxes in the vest you do not see in the picture.

Fred how do you like my Thinsulate hat, thats the old one, never did get a new one after the Estonia posting fiasco. Maybe next year.

Check out my home made camflouge wading staff (an old down hill ski pole (30 years old) which were converted. Did use them last week in the Deer Lick. Dam that current is strong when wading upstream

05-04-2002, 07:20 PM
"RESPECT THE RIVER" is the MO on the PM.

No garbage, every one cleans and cares for it.

Not changed much at all in 22 years I have been going there

05-04-2002, 07:26 PM
Spey set up:

Marryat MR 9

St Croix Spey 13 ft 7/8 weight

Went 0 for 12 but it was a great baptizing for the new rod, some great fights in those fish. They would have swam free even if I landed one, two were close if I would have some one with me to help think I would have gotten at least one of them for sure.

Running into log jams with 4 lb test leader and 10-14 lb steelies is not a high probability of success to the angler.

Oh well went 0 for 20 something on fresh kings one time in the PM and we walked out that day saying Alaska could not be better.

Life is good when the fish are there

05-05-2002, 04:47 AM
Very nice photo journal of your home waters, Hal!

05-05-2002, 09:15 AM
Hal, great pics, looks like tough wading to me after all the Cape wading I have done, Nice rod and reel set up. Will collar Juro to show me the spey techneque someday. Just what I need ....more fly rods:p

05-05-2002, 09:48 AM
Yes that was the heart of Michigans andramous lake michigan and huron fishing and the heart of its river trout fishing area within a 100 mile radius of where I was are countless rivers and creeks available for fly fishing. Wading was tough at times but could have been worse, since the river had dropped from the previous week. Actually its the up and down Clay Banks, around log jams, and the renowned Michigan black muck swamps. You can go down like quick sand in these if not careful, not to the degree to die, but you can get stuck and with waders on you can become a mess very quickly. In 30 degree weather that is not fun, I fell in many years ago and it was not pleasant beleive me

Autumn is the prime season there for all species and with the foliage it is just beautiful.

4-5 hour drive from Chicago max, that 5 day trip for lodging, gas, food, forest parking permit was about $ 350 max ( $ 70/day). No wonder it is hard for me to get on a plane for a fly fishing trip since this fishery is 365 days a year.

Wisconsin, Minnesota, UP of Michigan and Ontario also have great salmon, trout, steelhead fishing they are within easy driving distance also.

Oh well time to get ready for the skammanias now. Work on my golf game etc...

Look forward to the east coast striper reports that will be coming on, boy do I wish I was closer to the salt, who knows maybe I will take a run to NJ this summer and visit my parents in Toms River, and do IBSP and Barnegat bay ? :whoa: :whoa:

Attached is one last picture I did last week. Thats the PM in the flies only section. Did not really take many Pics this time.

04-25-2003, 09:07 AM
The first couple of pictures in this thread are the Muskegon at the Pine Street Access. Very nice steelhead fly water in this section.

This is a 10-15 minute ride up the road from Hennig park where the Michigan clave is this weekend

FYI, this is where my miserable streak started last April. Same week as now, notice the snow on the pines, it was cold all week.

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04-25-2003, 11:23 AM
In Oregon most of the river pic's would be called a large 'Creek.' Hook one and I can see why you've got almost nowhere to go with him when he runs. Skip the 6# tippits and go to 10-12.

04-25-2003, 12:00 PM
10-12 lb will not work in our clear water conditions, at least they do not for me, ever. Stained swollen waters is the only time I dare go that high.

I would do anything (almost) for those big long gravel bars in western rivers. None of ours have those, yes, none of them.

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04-25-2003, 01:01 PM
Now lets see the fish that live in those waters...you did catch em...lol....just kiddin!!

04-25-2003, 02:11 PM
Sure kick a fellow steelheader when he is down on his landing luck, thats okay, I'm mentally tough and will come through this (some how..) !


04-25-2003, 02:44 PM
I suspect that a lot of guys have made 21 trips with the same results. But in the leader dept., have you used florocarbon? Or some of the newer materials that are very thin for their 'test?'

04-25-2003, 10:18 PM
Yes have some of the fluor carbon. Rio Fluor Flex Plus. Will give it another try. But good old maxima green is hard to leave.

Just sorted my flies for the trip, I have so many flies from 22 years of steelhead tying, I forgot that I had even tied some of these. No way can they all fit in my fly fishing vest.

Can a steelheader have to many flies ? LOL :D

Gotta go to be bed off to Notre Dame for the Blue and Gold game tomorrow in South Bend with my son. Back home by 6 or 7 then pack the car to leave for Michigan in early morning and meet the sunday clavers.

Of course the steelhead fishing starts again also.

Won't be back on line to Wednesday night or Thursday. You will know how it goes through the forumn before I do.

You know I have to break this streak soon.

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04-25-2003, 10:25 PM
is in my favor.

Knock 'um dead Baby!!:D


04-26-2003, 07:48 AM
Fred, I predict a victory for the Fighting Irish under blue sunny midwestern skies.

I am going to stand in front of Touchdown Jesus, the Golden Dome, and the Grotto chapel and ask to have this miserable steelhead streak stopped. LOL :D

BTW, I will give one of your favorite Rogue flies a good chance this week to break the curse. I am getting confident in it.

I think you know which one it is. I have changed it a little.

Got to get the 16 year old out of bed than its on the road to ND.


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04-26-2003, 08:26 AM
have reallllly got your priorities screwed up. Now a "Hook-up Jesus" shrine I could see .....:devil:

04-26-2003, 11:03 AM
But what he REALLY needs a LANDING 'EM JESUS!:hehe: :hehe: