Archive for the ‘Fall Browns in the Lake States’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

Lake MI Kings in Wisconsin 2016

    My long-time friend, John Beth, and his friend, Scott Allen, just returned from a trip to a Lake Michigan tributary, fishing for kings and browns. Wisconsin has experienced more than its share of rain this year, and the river finally fell to just a little over 300 cfs. John was understandably anxious to […]

Pere Marquette Fall Fishing

My long time friend Jim Hagar is a member of the Pere Marquette Rod and Gun Club and manages to get to the river in the fall for the salmon, steelhead, and browns. Unlike our rivers here in Wisconsin, which fluctuate greatly, in tune with every rainfall, no matter how small or large, the Pere […]

Fall Salmon and Browns 2013

This fall saw our Wisconsin waters lower than normal, but the fish didn’t seem to mind. There was a large run of kings, an exceptionally large run of cohos, and a few early-run browns. Oddly the cohos came in with the kings. Normally they run near the end of the king spawn. And, oddly, the […]

Testing the SC 20

When Nancy and I travelled to visit Jason and Kelley and celebrate Brooke’s first birthday,  I received a most extraordinary gift–a rod from Jason. Let me back up just a bit. Jason is an exceptional rod designer. Not in the sense that I have helped design rods. I would tell the manufacturer to stiffen the […]

River of Kings 10/10/2013

John Beth and company fished the Great Lakes Tribs for kings and company, and found everyone at home. John connected with kings, cohos, and browns. He noted that he can’t ever remember such a large run of kings. So, if you’ve got a hankerin’ to catch a few of the big boys from the lakes, […]

Long Flies & Big Fish

As I’ve noted a couple of times in the past few weeks, the next book in the Fly Fishing series, entitled Long Flies—Streamers, Bucktails, & Other Big Fish Flies, is at the press and will be available the first week in April. Below is an excerpt from Chapter One. It’s a story about fishing for […]