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19" Brown
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OldredbarnJune 15th, 2015, 1:37 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
Here's a little warm up for Willy. He's heading north and I just got home. Here's a couple Iso Lovers from somewhere on the Manistee.

Caught before 6:00PM! Temps...Low 70's. Overcast. Drizzle, from time-to-time...High water.

Iso's, Large Cream Cahill's, Brown Drake Spinners, some trickling sulphers, and even a couple Gray Drakes...

Heard a Barred Owl and Winter Wren singing in the woods.

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
WbranchJune 15th, 2015, 3:50 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2506
Two gorgeous browns! Understandable ear to ear grins.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
Jmd123June 15th, 2015, 6:39 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2384
Well done boys! Beautiful fishies!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PaulRobertsJune 16th, 2015, 3:41 pm
Colorado

Posts: 1776
Gorgeous! Love those Iso's -as do the bigger trout, both nymphs and duns.
CatskilljonJune 16th, 2015, 9:14 pm
Upstate NY

Posts: 160
Look at you two go! Beautiful fish, both! Don't you just love when a plan comes together? In this case, a plan to fish dry flies :) CJ
EntomanJune 16th, 2015, 9:31 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
Well done, Spence!

Soft days... That's when magic happens! If only I could be astream every time that weather pattern is happening...
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
WillyJune 17th, 2015, 1:19 am
Chicago, IL

Posts: 47
Spence, we haven't had much eating on top since we got up here. Streamer fishing has been good though. I'll post some pictures later.
Check out my fishing pictures on Instagram.
OldredbarnJune 17th, 2015, 1:44 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
Soft days... That's when magic happens! If only I could be astream every time that weather pattern is happening...


Kurt...For sure! Overcast the whole trip down river. The fish were looking up...We thought we were going to get some spinners after dinner, but it just didn't happen. They went back to the trees.

You would like this stretch of river. The river is wide enough where casting problems are limited. There are big trout about. It runs through large stretches of state forest...Some rather dark and old. Pretty sweet.

It's about a half hour from my old stomping grounds as a kid. My grandmothers place is just down the road.

Iso's...These swimmers turn on fish like no other. They move towards shore and swim in front of these large fish and the feeding light is switched on.

Imagine this...Water high, pushing in to the grass along the bank. This creates large areas behind the current seam. The big boys move in to these areas because they don't have to work and they are just inches away from the current edge carrying bugs.

The 19" fish was in an area the size of a pickup. He was slashing to and fro hitting Iso's. At first we thought there were more than one fish there. He would slash at something low in that area and then high...Moving around and totally turned on. I think he may have hit anything that landed in that pool.

The next day we fished the Clam river. A river I haunted as a youngster really close to grandma's...I hiked upstream and my friend down. I found another feeder acting the same as the above fish. A couple slashes, a gentle ring, and more slashes. The only difference was the size of the pool.

I was fishing an old fly, a remembrance fly, for lack of a better word. A fly that I was sworn to secrecy on in the early 90's for one year. The brooks love it and I decided that since I hadn't fished the fly or the river I use to fish it on in some time, I'd tie it on.

I then watched this fish...First thought, Iso's. I tied on a size 14 Purple Haze. :) I held the fly in my hand and waited. The fish slashed about and I instantly popped the fly in to his pool and he took it. I lifted the rod to a very heavy weight and the next second it flew back at me. Damn!

That would of been my biggest fish in that old creek...Probably a Brown, but there are some nice Brooks here as well...If it was a Brook...Wow! That would of been nice.
"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
MartinlfJune 20th, 2015, 11:50 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2925
Great photos and tales.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
PartsmanJune 21st, 2015, 11:02 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 244
Beautiful pictures Spence, and the way you give your reports make seem as if we were there with you. Thank you.
Mike.

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