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January 9, 2011

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This weekend was spent enjoying the sunny weather on the mighty Muskegon. I spent Saturday swinging flies for steelhead with a couple of my friends. We were on a scouting mission trying out a couple of spots that I haven't fished too much. Unfortunately, it was pretty uneventful but we did get one good tug at one of the new spots so I will definitely try it again and hopefully figure it out a little better. Despite the lack of fish, it was beautiful to be out on the water and we had the stretch to ourselves.
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Today I met up with fellow guide, Jay Allen, and his good friend Curt. The target of the day was trout. Fishing started off pretty slow and we were only picking up a couple fish here and there. We made a big move to some pockets downstream where the sun was on the water and it was like magic. After the first couple of casts we realized that we had made the right move and whether it was really the sun or just coincidence, the fish were definitely there. It's funny how subtle things make a big difference in the winter. The fish were in tight pods and once we found them, the action was pretty steady. Most of the fish came on scuds but after realizing the shallows were full of swimming stoneflies, I tied one on and picked up fish on that. Seeing that much stonefly activity is pretty strange this early in the year, but a cool site to see and another winter treat.
Trout fishing should remain steady this week, if not improve. Steelhead fishing varies from day to day. To book a trip or for any questions give me a call or shoot me an email.

Drew Rosema     www.flyfishmi.com

January 1, 2011

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I had a lot of fun over Christmas and got to spend time fishing some northern rivers while I was visiting my girlfriend's parents. It was great to be on some new water and fishing was very productive. While targeting trout with nymphs we even managed a few steelhead. Always remember that after the salmon are done steelhead start to feed exactly like stream trout and can be caught on all the same flies that you use for trout and often in the same seems. I have even had steelhead take flies as small as 20. The steelhead in the pic above took a scud pattern while trout fishing and was a pretty exciting battle on 6x. The beginning of the week was also productive trout wise. Fish have started to congregate in their normal winter spots. The key is to be persistent to find the fish. Start in close and work your way across gridding out the hole and runs. DON'T OVERLOOK INSIDE SEEMS! If you're fishing pocket water, pick it apart seem by seem but remember in the winter, fish are going to prefer the slower side of the seems. Most of the areas that trout have been holding have been slower edges of the rivers and the soft sides of seems, staying out of the current as they watch food go by. The name of the game for steelhead is the usual for this time of year. Work holes and runs methodically. The fish do not have the same spunk as they do in the fall and sometimes you have to put it right on their nose.  Don't give up. Fish a spot hard then move to the next searching for a fish that is feeding or can be enticed to feed. Winter steelhead lies are a lot like winter trout lies and sometimes they are feeding side by side. Fish soft seems and the slower water next to them and long deep holes and runs. The big rain last week and the snow melt dropped the water temperature but fishing should improve throughout the week. Also the brief high water probably moved some fish around so if you have a spot that hasn't been producing in the past couple weeks, now is a good time to go back and give it another shot. In deep holes the bottom can vary a lot with boulders and humps creating cushions in the current. Sometimes you need to fish holes hard to find this bottom structure that may be holding fish. Another safe bet is always fishing around wood. Start with your indicator set high and slowly work it down so you can fish tight to the wood without getting snagged in it. Flies for trout have been mostly smaller nymphs 16-22. Steelhead flies are small, more natural colored eggs and nymph patterns.

Drew Rosema      www.flyfishmi.com
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You Know It's Cold When Your Boots Freeze So Hard You Can't Get Them Off
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Let It Snow
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Alex With Some Cold Steel On The Muskegon