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04-26-2003 11:03 AM
He does have priorities "out of order"

But what he REALLY needs a LANDING 'EM JESUS!:hehe: :hehe:

04-26-2003 08:26 AM
"Touchdown Jesus???" Man you ND types

have reallllly got your priorities screwed up. Now a "Hook-up Jesus" shrine I could see .....
04-26-2003 07:48 AM
pmflyfisher 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

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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04-25-2003 10:25 PM
Hal, I'll give ND the nood, ... if the "point spred"

is in my favor.

Knock 'um dead Baby!!

04-25-2003 10:18 PM
pmflyfisher 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

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 02:44 PM
Down on your luck???

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 02:11 PM
pmflyfisher 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 01:01 PM

Now lets see the fish that live in those did catch kiddin!!
04-25-2003 12:00 PM
pmflyfisher 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 11:23 AM
Great Pic's Hal. I can also see why you're 0-21.

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 09:07 AM
pmflyfisher 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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05-05-2002 09:48 AM
pmflyfisher 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 ?

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.
05-05-2002 09:15 AM
striblue 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
05-05-2002 04:47 AM

Very nice photo journal of your home waters, Hal!
05-04-2002 07:26 PM
pmflyfisher 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
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