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General RegionNorthern michigan
Fish CaughtBrown trout
Conditions & HatchesStreamers

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PartsmanMarch 6th, 2021, 11:46 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Well winter may be on the way out here in Michigan, and I haven’t fished since early December. So, with temps projected to be in the 40,s and some sun, I went north on Wednesday. Fished my favorite river, water was low with a little runoff stain. Temps were 17 degrees when I started and got up to maybe the low 40’s. I fished streamers all day, but around noon I tied on a sparkle minnow pattern in black and caught 3 fish within a half hour. It ended up being a 4 mile hike as my 2 wheel drive equinox sucks in any cold water conditions and I got stuck pretty good last time so I walk now. I had a great time and I’m looking forward to better times every week.
WbranchMarch 6th, 2021, 2:25 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733
Awesome! Good for you. I've not fished since my last smallmouth trip on November 13. I've learned steelhead are on the move where I normally fish and I'll probably be going up three days next week. That brown looks pretty thick considering it has endured along winter.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Red_green_hMarch 6th, 2021, 3:18 pm
New Mexico

Posts: 90
Color me jealous. Hoping to get out to my favorite spot in the next couple weeks. Browns won't be that big though.
Ryan Norris
"a day not catching anything is better than a day not fishing at all"
RogueratMarch 7th, 2021, 12:58 pm
Posts: 472

NICE water and NICE Brown, thanks for sharing this! I'd ask what stream but know better...although I did 'borrow' the first pic for my computer's desktop image.

The streambed looks fairly wadeable, any rocksnot to speak of?

Anyway, this got my spring fever in high gear and I'm checking local flows...temps in the high 50's this coming week, maybe- just maybe- get out and wet a line.


'Less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
MartinlfMarch 7th, 2021, 2:08 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Nice work! Thanks for sharing.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jmd123March 8th, 2021, 11:39 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
DANG, Mike, you been out already??? Well done, big beefy brown you got there! Kudos to you for getting out in these cold temps. We've had sooooo much wind lately I sure haven't felt like doing much out-of-doors this winter, not to mention the Polar Vortex...

Nice job & thanks for the inspiration!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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