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General RegionUpper Peninsula
Specific LocationSorry =)
Fish CaughtBrowns, Brooks, Bows.
Conditions & HatchesHigher water than most years.

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Pryal74September 13th, 2010, 8:39 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
Hello. My name is James Pryal. I am a guide and owner of Into The Wild Fly Fishing in Escanaba Michigan.
I have had one of the best years of my life this year fishing trout.
With trips starting to roll in I have been busy but I have had some time to wrangle some dandies myself.
Here are some of the trout I have caught this year.

These are all the photos I will post for now. I have a lot more.

Thanks and hope to see you on the water!
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
Pryal74September 13th, 2010, 8:42 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
I forgot to title this one. My apologies. These fish are from our home waters here in the U.P.

-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
MT319September 13th, 2010, 12:08 pm

Posts: 24
Bro you harvest or C and R?..if C and R you gotta watch the fingers in the gill plates...nice brookies tho
Pryal74September 14th, 2010, 7:02 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
I rarely harvest. Personally, it doesn't seem to harm them the way I hold them. If a fish is going to die for some reason I'll bring him home. On the Esky, I usually don't take too many fish. They are reproducing pretty well now and with high water there will be even more fish next year. I can't wait. It was such a great year for Brook Trout too.
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
GutcutterSeptember 14th, 2010, 9:17 am

Posts: 470
well, if it "doesn't seem to harm them" then all of my techniques in many years of catch and release are just plain wrong. i guess next time i'm just gonna shove my fingers in their gills and hope for the best.
if there are going to be even "more fish for next year" then i guess we can say what's wrong with a bit of delayed mortality of the 5 fish shown in your pictures.
and, we (on this forum at least) can usually tell when a guide holds a fish out away from his body towards the camera in an attempt to embellish the size of the fish.
instead of blatently advertising for your guide service (and it looks like you know where the fish are and how to catch them), how about some nice reports and photos of the trout food that you are noticing up there in the U.P. and your techniques for fooling those fish instead of merely photos of the (soon to be dead) fish.
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

-Robert Traver, Trout Madness
OldredbarnSeptember 14th, 2010, 9:56 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2600


You need to get out your old copies of John Voelker's "Trout Madness" or "Trout Magic"! Here'a a fella in the U.P. and he's fishing with something other than stump-busters! Give him some credit here...:)

He's not fishing in a heavily pressured, "take-a-number-to-fish" PA stream! Now this is coming from the vegetarian/Mr. Catch-&-Release...but even if those fish didn't make it... I promise you they didn't go to waste...They fed something up there along the stream.

If we are going to welcome folks in to our "church" I doubt very much that they will pay us any mind if we stand at the door of that church throwing stones at them. IMHO

"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
GutcutterSeptember 14th, 2010, 11:13 am

Posts: 470
yes - but -
when the members of our church recite the ten commandments and then go out and break them...
All men who fish may in turn be divided into two parts: those who fish for trout and those who don't. Trout fishermen are a race apart: they are a dedicated crew- indolent, improvident, and quietly mad.

-Robert Traver, Trout Madness
Pryal74September 14th, 2010, 1:39 pm
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
It's ok. I run into people like this sometimes. I have both of those books actually, handed down from my Grandfather. Sorry gutcutter, apparently you didn't read my post correctly, sometimes I do keep a few brook trout in my travels. I do know the difference of a fish that is going to die or not. If you also read my other post, you could see what I had posted. From now on, maybe you will be grown up enough to keep your rude attitude to yourself. Also holding under the gill plate does not harm them. If you do in fact run your fingers "through the gill rakers etc", that will in fact harm them. I'm sure you're an absolute expert on the subject. I'm sure you know what happens to them better than I. You live in PA, but I'm sure you know what happens on our rivers better than I would. You can put words in my mouth all you want. You're horrible post is not appreciated, for the record. But, you are entitled to your opinion. Where does your handle come from? Gutcutter... curious handle for a C and R guy.
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
DryflySeptember 14th, 2010, 2:07 pm
rochester mn

Posts: 133
Also holding under the gill plate does not harm them. If you do in fact run your fingers "through the gill rakers etc", that will in fact harm them.

You got any studies to prove holding them by the gill cover does no harm? Holding trout in that manner puts your fingers close to the gill and you admit that running your "fingers through the gill rakers" will cause harm. So why even put your fingers near the gills?
AdirmanSeptember 14th, 2010, 4:04 pm
Monticello, NY

Posts: 498
Wow!! This place reminds me of another forum I belong to!!
MartinlfSeptember 14th, 2010, 4:06 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3161
As a fisheries biologist in training, Jason's probably the best person to have an informed opinion. I'd like to see him weigh in on this one, but hope the tone will shift to one of inquiry and learning rather than blame. It's my current understanding that if one intends to release them, fish need to stay in the water as much as possible, and never should be hung from the jaw or gill plates. But I'm pretty neurotic about releasing fish quickly, and won't even photograph them as I've read that every second out of water takes them one second closer to potential problems. It especially troubles me to see photos of trout laid on dry land--unless they are being harvested, which I have no problem with in waters where keeping fish doesn't threaten the population. Ufortunately, most of the streams I fish don't fall into that category.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
LastchanceSeptember 15th, 2010, 11:01 am
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
I guess photos can be misleading because the manner in which you are holding those fish gives the appearance you are going to harvest them. Photos can be deceiving. For instance, we've all seen the countless numbers of photos of people holding 10-inch fish with their arms extended out toward the camera so it looks as though it's 20 inches. That has always annoyed me. Welcome to the board.

Jmd123September 15th, 2010, 11:49 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2531
Those are real beauties, James. Thanks for showing off the magnificent fisheries of our home state! And as far as those PA guys go, well, they've got a hell of a long drive to reach your "undisclosed locations" so I think you're safe for now...

I am hoping to move "up north" to the Tawas City/Oscoda area next year (I will be up there in a few weeks for a several-month-long research project). If I do make it up there, James, I might have to pay you a visit sometime as I will be a few hours closer than I am here (and have some $$$ after getting back to work for a while)...And don't worry, I won't give away your favortie fishing holes either! I am currently exploring a couple of "undisclosed locations" myself right now...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
JesseSeptember 15th, 2010, 10:45 pm
Posts: 378
Nice fish son keep doing work!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.
Pryal74September 16th, 2010, 8:28 am
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
@ Lastchance, thanks and I agree. Ever watch Infisherman? they use the Fisheye camera alot. They catch a 20 inch walleye and make it look like it's ten pounds. I like that show cause it is informative but slightly misleading. As a matter of fact, they walleye fish our waters here in tournaments.

@ Jmd123, you wouldn't be disappointed, that's for sure. Spring is the best for bigger fish on our main river. Brookies can be caught in great sizes and numbers in the spring but when the water warms, they find cooler deeper water and feed more towards dark. Any other time of the season you can catch monster Browns and Bows. There are so many places to go, you name the species and I'll bring you to them. Those undisclosed locations are packed with fish most of the time. I caught career numbers this year at a few of those places, you would be astonished.

@ Jesse, thanks. Like the rest of the members here, it's a passion.
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing

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