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The Pere Marquette
The Pere Marquette
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Nice water...
Nice water...
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Fishy-looking...
Fishy-looking...
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"Here, fishie fishie fishie..."
"Here, fishie fishie fishie..."
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My 1st fish of the year! NOT disappointed!
My 1st fish of the year! NOT disappointed!
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Shane lost 2 steelies so he's happy to get his hands on a nice PM brown!
Shane lost 2 steelies so he's happy to get his hands on a nice PM brown!
Jmd123March 16th, 2022, 12:30 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2606
Hit the Pere Marquette this morning early for steelhead! Not many in yet, saw a few fresh redds but no fish porpoising...however, nice browns were eating eggs! I got my 1st fish of the year in less than 5 minutes of fly casting! That was it for me though, and Shane got 2 browns also, plus hooked & lost 2 steelies...Todd came up bust...but hey, we got out & did it, & the day perhaps got too nice & sunny but it sure felt GOOD to throw some fly line, and get my rod bent good!

HAPPY STEELHEAD SEASON! I have to go hit the Clinton now! Tight lines to all!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PartsmanMarch 16th, 2022, 6:14 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Way to go Jonathon, good to see some fish pictures here. I went up today also, the water was very low and clear. Got 1 brown and lost 2. Just good to be out! Watch out for the browns in the Clinton😂.
Take care, Mike.
Jmd123March 16th, 2022, 8:45 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2606
Funny thing, Mike...some years ago I was steelhead fishing @ Yates Cider Mill, a beautiful sunny December afternoon, less than a week before Christmas...and caught a 13" BROWN! They're in there...@ least until it gets too warm & they have to go back up unto Paint Creek! You never know until you go...

But MAN IT FELT GOOD to wet a fly line...& hook something on it & a nice one even!
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfMarch 21st, 2022, 4:24 am
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3221
Nice work!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jmd123March 21st, 2022, 1:41 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2606
Would you guys believe I hooked & promptly lost...wait for it...a KOI yesterday on my 1st trip to my hometown lake...saw a bunch of big orange blobs, cast near them & SOMETHING ripped a Woolly Bugger (#10, chartreuse with red eyes) right off my leader! No further hits from anything...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PartsmanMarch 25th, 2022, 11:34 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 420
Okay time to come up with a dry fly pellet pattern. Or some carp patterns, it’s all good. But I hate carp, this comes from my youth and fishing Thread lake in Flint as a young punk. Think late 60,s early 70,s. And I hated carp back then.
Mike.
OldredbarnApril 2nd, 2022, 5:42 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608
Congrats Jonathon! Was up in November and hooked up with an unhappy 28’ fresh Steelie on the Manistee.

I can’t remember how to start a post where I can add pics, or I’d post it.

Hope all is well.

Spence
"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
Jmd123April 2nd, 2022, 9:27 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2606
SPENCE!!! Good to hear from you, where ya been? Yep, a couple of buddies talked me into it & I even caught something! Wish the nice weather we had that day would come back...sick of this cold windy stuff!

Tight lines when ya finally get out there!

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

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