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03-17-2003 09:43 PM
removed_by_request Never saw one in the south end of the lake, can't count casting from the N. Buffalo parking lot as surf fishing. Saw lots of guys with spinning gear doing it, no fly casters. Our end is not really that slick for true surf fishing, now the U.P. is another story.

Lots of user friendly rivermouths with no boats, piers, or man made objects.
03-17-2003 07:54 PM
pmflyfisher MJYP,

If you see one in south lake michigan it is probably me, I did not see any other fly fisher out there in 2002. I feel like a pioneer.

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03-17-2003 03:35 PM

Not too popular, but productive if you know what you are doing. You can find me with the long rod when fishing off pierheads and breaks, otherwise I am using 9'6" 8 or 9wt's and clear, intermediate lines for shy fish and along the beaches when chasing pods.

I'll be on the beaches soon.....cannot wait!

03-17-2003 02:58 PM
removed_by_request Funny thing is, in all my years fishing rivermouths I have yet to see anyone using that method.

Everyone I see is flinging harware or bait. Don't think its too popular in our area of the pond.
03-17-2003 02:03 PM
pmflyfisher Nothing like double hauling into Lake Michigan head wind with the long rod and fly.

I don't usually bring the spinning rods, only with my sons.

Don't want any one taking pictures of me though with one of those in my hand.


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03-17-2003 06:12 AM

I agree - best rods for SURFING, too -

In late April or May, "Let's go surfin" sounds good to me!

03-16-2003 10:34 PM
removed_by_request Thought you frowned on spinning gear. I seem to recall some negative posting on it.

Best tool for the job when lake or pier fishing.
03-16-2003 08:58 PM
pmflyfisher I did not explicitly say I did, but I do have it when I take my son with me as he is still spinning, throwing lures, etc...

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P.S. Its not a bad idea though to have when the wind is up though. Much easier to cast longer and get deeper quicker also.

03-16-2003 08:53 PM
removed_by_request So you travel with both eh???
03-16-2003 06:37 PM
pmflyfisher Yes I know about the wind factor, if its blowing hard the wrong way, there is no fly line in existence that will help you.

If you have to fish break out the spinning gear at those times in those lake front locations.

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03-03-2003 04:13 PM
Originally posted by pmflyfisher
I know, I have others and know what you are talking about.

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Seem to recall you saying you bypassed Indy. to fish Mi., you are missing some good surf waters.

They are all weather dependant, wind blows wrong way and you get very very wet in no time.
03-03-2003 02:21 PM

I sue alot of materials....angel hair, strmear hair, enrico puglisi fibers, ultra hair, etc.

I tie for a few flyshops right now.

Usually I fish anywhere in the surf. Warmwater discharges, creek mouths, pierheads, channels, harbors, etc. It's what I live for...

Keep it out isn't that far away!
03-03-2003 01:59 PM
pmflyfisher I know, I have others and know what you are talking about.

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03-03-2003 01:29 PM
Originally posted by pmflyfisher
I cannot comment on such things on the internet.

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Well it's not really that great of a spot. Look at your Indiana map of the lakefront and you may be suprised.

It does mean a long walk, but well worth the effort.
03-03-2003 12:48 PM

One place I love is where a power plant discharges in a stream close to Lake O. The bridge and outlet are full of guys trying to catch 'em on eggs when they run upstream. But if you have the gonads to wade and surf, it's neat! About a month ago, I suggested to a guy with a pontoon boat that he give it a try (good access - a large fishermen's parking lot, and you just cross a road and launch it). And it's not a long drive, either! Some places are just MADE for pontoon boats. But I don't ever see anyone using them. I do surf fish there frequently, but it is a tough casting distance as the slope is very gradual.

He did VERY well, and LOVED it! - On his first trip, he picked up 2 steelies, a brown, a coho, and a fresh (2 year old) chinook. All in half a day's fishing. Sometimes you even manage a laker. All you have to do is make sure you have a favorable and reasonably calm wind. And he commented on the convenience.

(I am now contemplating a pontoon boat for my birthday this summer! - Maybe sooner!):hehe:

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