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Jmd123June 12th, 2011, 11:02 pm
Oscoda, MI

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My boss told me I needed to check out Cooke Dam Pond on the Au Sable River for kayaking and fishing. He was right! After a frustrating day throwing streamers with only one little 10-incher on a Woolly Bugger, the wind finally calmed down, the water became smooth as glass, and there were flies all over the place, both mayflies and caddisflies (saw some earlier in the day but the wind was blowing pretty good). There were these little ripples here and there, and I thought well heck, let's try some dry flies, even if they're just little panfish it will be more fun than catching nothing. Well, they weren't panfish, they were 14-16" smallmouth! Two of them took a #12 cream Elkhair Caddis and the other two a #10 White Wulff. What a surprise to have tiny slurps turn into raging, leaping, broad-shouldered bass! And on the 7 1/2-foot 3-weight too, by far my favorite rod...

I swear guys, I must have found Fisherman's Paradise up here!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
OldredbarnJune 13th, 2011, 11:44 am
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608
"That's Pure Michigan!!!"
"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

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