Archive for the ‘Fishing Tales’ Category

Spectacular Gray Drakes

My friend, Jim Hagar, is a member of the Pere Marquette Rod and Gun Club and fishes its waters regularly. On May 19 he encountered the most spectacular Gray Drake spinner fall that he’s seen in 37 years of fishing the Pere Marquette. It must have been something because I’ve fished that spinner fall with […]

Theo’s Huge Pike Fly

Theo Bakelaar sent along a great photo of the huge pike fly he uses so effectively in the rivers in Holland. While some may think it’s too big, the pike really don’t think so, proving the old adage, “Big fly, big fish.”

Spring has Sprung

Spring has sprung, the grass is rise, I wonders where the big pikes is? They’re in Theo’s hands! Our friend, Theo Bakelaar, has been out “prospecting” the big rivers in Holland with some really big flies and finding success with some really big pike. It’s a big early here yet, in the Pacific Northwest, for […]

Really Last Day for 2016?

John Beth just couldn’t stand it any longer. The warm late fall and perfect water conditions lured him out of his lair and on the river. There were few fish, but John managed to connect solidly with one on a single egg fished along the bottom in a deep run. This was the year of […]

Last Big Hurrah

My long time fishing pal, John Beth, made his final trip of the season to the Lake Michigan tributaries in Wisconsin. There were others there, too, about 16 all total for the day. No one caught anything–except John. Drifting a single egg through a deep run he felt a tap, and was suddenly tight to […]

Wisconsin Big Browns 2016

My old fishing pal, John Beth, went in search of big browns in the Lake Michigan tributaries of Wisconsin’s eastern shoreline a couple of days ago. It was a tough day. His two fishing companions caught nothing, and neither did John, until—wham. He was casting long with a big white streamer barred in black, and […]

2016-2017 NZ Season Starts with a Bang

New Zealand guide, Martin Langlands, recently sent some photos of the big fish they are taking this year. The season starts in October for some of the South Island streams, with others opening in November. Martin reports that the fish are in exceptional condition this year, and will only get better as the summer comes […]

Fall Albies 2016-2

Chuck Furimsky and Capt’n Jake Jordan have been doing some serious damage to the egos of North Carolina albacore. The gave a goodly bunch of really nice fish a good flogging a couple of days ago. My, my what good sized allies. Chuck hit several in the 20 pound plus category. If I hadn’t been […]

Lake Michigan Browns 2016

         Looks like the big browns are back in the Lake Michigan tributaries. John Beth was searching for them last week, and he found them in one of our favorite streams. He got really excited when he landed a big female of 29 inches and 15 ½ pounds on a dead drifted […]

Last Day Ritual

My long time friend and fishing companion, John Beth, has a ritual of fishing the last fay of the inland trout season in Wisconsin with gear from modern fly fishing’s earliest beginnings (the mid to late 1800s). His reports are always fun because I can see him stalking the spring creeks of SW Wisconsin with […]