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Old 04-06-2003, 08:08 PM
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It continues ,still 0 for 17 after recent trip.

A nice 5 lb red horse sucker for my efforts though, for a few seconds thought it was a chromer.

No one has touched anything for the last week at this location which is considered one of Michigan's best for steelhead. Moral, steelhead are not easy, and one feels somewhat better when they know the fish were not at the location you fished unlike other species like trout which are normally always in the same river locations.

Weather was perfect, cloudy and rain, heavy at times. Water clarity three feet at least but still low. Water temp 54 degrees, air temp 48 degrees.

Fish that were there two weeks ago had moved up stream.

I.m not giving up but this is the worst I have seen Michigan in 23 years. talked to a michigan fisherman there and he agreed. He had checked with all of his LP contacts and all rivers are still slow.

Very strange and alarming for the first week of april. In some rivers the runs are over by the first week of april.

Lake temps are still cold low fortys and upper thirties depending upon location. But the warmer river water should have brought more fish in by now. All rivers are still low, due to the low rain and snow precipitatioin the last year.

Will now get ready for trout season, tying flies, I have more than enough for any steelhead that still may show. Heck I have enought steelhead flies for the next 5 years the way my fly walletts look.

Body ached the last two days from all of the spey casting I did on Friday.

But still a nice quiet day on a GL steelhead river.

Pray to the GLs steelhead gods for the runs to appear soon.

If not get your trout equipment ready. Streamer time is upon us for the hungry brownies !

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P.S. New flies (show girls) sunk well with the Rio T-14 sinking leader I like it !

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They will have no choice but to appear. The call to procreate will be too strong to stop them.

Actually I have seen this pattern many times the last few years. Cold lake low H2O from the sky and cold air temps. All equal to a late run.

The Indy. streams are full of them, if one iknows where to look. Also heard good stuff on the PM, once again you need to be in the right place. I think the PM's problem has to do with all the bloody foot and boat traffic. That stuff puts fish down fast.
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Old 04-07-2003, 08:17 AM
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I'm an optimist...

Here in NY, the lake O. tribs are suffering from the same problems. To add insult to injury, we are now trying to get over a massive ice storm last Friday. Over 200K people without power, down to 65K finally, but still all of the schools are closed. The roads and trees ar in bad shape - I have at least 3 of the neighbors trees down in MY back yard.

But I think we are just going to have a late run this year.

Here's a good one - some bright boater asked what the state could do to improve the level of the lake (Ontario) so he could launch his boat easier! Apparently he flunked either geography, or logic!

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Here's a good one - some bright boater asked what the state could do to improve the level of the lake (Ontario) so he could launch his boat easier! Apparently he flunked either geography, or logic!

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Old 04-07-2003, 12:12 PM
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Sounds like I'm the 'only one' who didn't freeze his Paatoo off

this weekend. Cold (high 30's/low 40's) but only an occational puff of wind/squirt of rain. Took Aaron R's (Speybum) 'Rogue test patterns' out to give them their first real run on Sat. AM.

Started with a very large 'October Caddis' pattern and trashed the water for an hour with zip to show for it. Shifted to a much smaller caddis (almost looks like a woven perriwinkle, bead head, 'ruff' coller on a heavy short shank hook). In something like the next ten casts I had three fish. Two beached and released the third still has Aaron's fly firmly embedded in its jaw.

Desided to change locations (just across the river/tad up stream from where I was fishing and went back to a much smaller version of the first fly done on a single hook. Two more in just a few casts; beached and released. No beach here so the 'releasing part' with a 14' spey rod was a pain in the fanny. Hit one or two more fish that came un-pinned which surprised me.

Anyway, point is if you can get your hands on some of Aaron's flys the buggers are really effective .... and minor works of art.
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Old 04-07-2003, 01:23 PM
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A friend is up in the Michigan LP gods steelhead country this week. I will have a very good truthful report by the end of the week.

I have been up there in this type of weather and it is not pleasant. The fish that are there are hiding under the wood and cut banks.

We will see.

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Kind of reminds me of a good story titled "Pickeral as Gothic Cathedral". Maybe we could rework the story enough to avoid copyright infringements and have a new flyfishing literary classic: Lets see "Red Sucker as Gothic Cathedral"? Naw-- How about: "Red Suckers of Notre Dame"?
"As the last light of day played across the spires of Notre Dame University, Hal gently flipped his favorite Red Sucker patern out one last time ..."
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:14 PM
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I like it the "Red Horse Suckers of Notre Dame" theme, you can actually fish the river in South Bend and see the ND spires. FYI, two of my sons were born at South Bend Memorial Hospital right by the river and close to ND campus.

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Sorry Hal I just have to ask. Were you at the hospital or on the river?
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When my two sons were born in South Bend in 1981 and 1983 the river did not have steelhead and salmon coming up that far, only as far as the Bucanhan, Michigan dam. If they were I would have been fishing since there is some great water at Leeper Park with spawning gravel. Walking the river then I thought it would be good, but at that time there was only smallmouth to catch and lots of them.

Had it all to myself back then. Not another fisherman to be seen.

An old south bend retired fellow told me where and when to go.

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I know of 2 parties that were just on the PM. one over last weekend and the other 2 guys on Tuesday.

Weekend guys hit good fish each day, friends that went up tuesday saw fish but they had lockjaw, due to traffic.

Both reports as good as they come. Indy. streams are full of them, if you know where to go.
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Yup, I know those gravels. Thats where I cut my steelie teeth.
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Wow but was that fun.

New fly is rocking them.

John D. - Two 5 pound red horse suckers landed.

Four big chromers tore me up though in the high flows and warm water temps.

God I love this sport. Glad I was a basball player and know all about hitting slumps.

Worst slump in my steelheading career, last one was 20 years ago an 0 for 14.

I have full confidence it will be over soon, if not it will be a great challenge to break the streak, I love big challenges.

Its not my knots or hooks.

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Old 04-15-2003, 10:42 AM
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Hal, having been through a couple of streaks like yours all I can say is keep trying. Eventually you break them, and each fish feels sweeter for the experience.
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Old 04-15-2003, 11:34 AM
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"Four big chromers tore me up though in the high flows and warm water temps.''

"Little Birdie" told me the fish were hooked on a GL 'version' of the Rogue "Otis Bug." Naaaaaa, had to be something more exciting than that?


Well, the one good thing Hal, is at least you got into fish. Lastest count puts our winter runs at over 20,000 now ... and I couldn't buy a strike on Sat. AM.
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