Archive for the ‘Fishing Venues’ Category

St. Mary’s Atlantic’s

The St. Mary’s river—a very big river by the way—drains Lake Superior into Lake Huron. It’s also a very good place to catch Atlantic salmon. Perhaps we should call them Landlocks, because they never get to the salt, but they certainly do get into a rather large body of water, and they can get big. […]

Summer Browns

I recently received a photo from one of Jason’s friends, Kurt Lach. He went to school with Jason, raced bicycles with him, and eventually became a fly fishing addict. It’s a great photo of a lovely summer brown, taken from a small stream in western Wisconsin on 6X. Summer fish hold a special place in […]

Alaska 2015 Day 6

Day 6, Sunday, was our last full day of fishing at No-See-Um Lodge (arrival day in camp—day 0–is a half day of fishing). All week we had been watching for the arrival of the chums, and finally on Saturday, they started to come in. Obviously, we were excited and ready to go early Sunday morning. […]

Alaska 2015 days 4, 5

Days 4 and 5 were warmer than the other days of the week, and offered a mix of sun and puffy cumulous clouds. These were rainbows-on-the-dry-fly days on the lower American Creek—in the estuary-like reaches just above the mouth where it empties into Lake Coville. This flat water stretch has decent hatches of the Pale […]

Alaska 2015 day 3

On day 3 we decided to fish the Ugashik Narrows, a short section of river between Upper and Lower Ugashik Lakes. It is noted for its big grayling (the Alaska state record came from this river) and char. We were hoping to catch the sockeye fry migration when char and grayling concentrate heavily on the […]

Alaska 2015 day 2

The second full day of fishing found us on the Alagnak river, again drifting for kings. The others used drift rods, with plugs or “cheaters.” These are nothing but a 1 ¼ inch fluorescent Styrofoam ball (usually orange, red or pink) pegged on the line above a hook and about 18 inches behind a heavy […]

Alaska 2015 Sockeye; the week

This year, our trip to Alaska was centered in the sockeye salmon run. Sockeye are an interesting species. As ocean-going adults, they are basically zooplankton feeders; thus, on their initial migration run, they do not take flies, plugs, or bait. They simply swim upstream with true salmon zeal, headed for higher waters. In their case, […]

Alaska 2015 Day 1

This year’s week in Alaska was cool and mostly rainy; at least that’s the way it started and ended. But cool and rainy is good for king salmon and that’s the fish we pursued first, on the Nushagak River, which empties into Bristol Bay at the town of Dillingham. We flew into the upper Nushagak […]

Browns in the Night

Michigan’s Pere Marquette is boasting the big browns of the past thanks to new catch and release rules on an important section of the river. Guide Tommy Lynch (see link to the right), who floats the river with great regularity, loves to fish for the big browns with mice imitations late into the darkness of […]

Alaska or Bust

I’m headed to No-See-Um Lodge in Alaska with my friend, Dave Graebel, in pursuit of rainbows on the dry fly, king salmon in the King-A-Ma-Bobber, chums on magenta leeches, and sockeye on small bead head nymphs. The weather looks very Alaska-like; most days a chance of rain, with the occasional chance of sun (very occasional). […]