Thursday, July 21, 2011

A Tiger Strikes!

I received this photo from Capt. Brian Mezaros of Great Lakes Fly Fishing. It is a tiger musky taken by one of his clients on a recent guide trip on Lake St. Clair. Although most tigers are hatchery bred by crossing a musky with a northern pike, they do occasionally occur in nature. As Lake St. Clair does not recieve any musky stockings, we can assume that this is a natural hybrid.

There is plenty of great musky action ahead, in fact it is really just getting started. Much of the best musky fishing is in August, September, and through October. Plus, there will still be plenty of hot smallmouth action. Get in touch with Capt. Brian for a great trip!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

The Lakes Are Great!

The on-going fly fishing tour of the Great Lakes continues. My most recent stop was with Capt. Leo Wright on the northern tip of Michigan's lower peninsula. Capt. Leo has just relocated up north and is offering a variety of fly fishing outings to anglers. From his base he can quickly access the prime waters of both Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. One of his his specialties is shallow water sight fishing. Here Capt. Leo shows a hefty "golden bone" taken on a Lake Michigan flat.

A Sunny Day at Sunnybrook!

Had a chance recently to host Ohio's recently retired Senator George Voinovich and his son along with Western Reserve Land Conservancy VP, Leah Whidden and family for a morning at Sunnybrook Trout Club near Castalia, OH. Senator V is a long-time fly fisher and helped to establish Ohio's steelhead trout program back when he was governor. The Western Reserve land Conservancy is heavily involved in greenspace preservation across northern OH.

Doug Lamb, the owner of Sunnybrook gave a tour of the Club and an interesting narrative of the club's history. He has a great facility along with a bed and breakfast on site, The Farrell House Lodge. A special double-dog "woof' of thanks to Buck Juhasz and Al Thomas for their help.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Book Research Continues!

Had a chance to get up to Chequamegon Bay and spend a day with Capt. Roger Lapenter. This little corner off Lake Superior has some of the hottest smallmouth action anyhwere. Despite recent rain and wind that discolored the water, we were able to pull some big smallies out of pretty skinny water. Much of the action was top water, which made it even better!