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Beautiful violets on the way to the Pond
Beautiful violets on the way to the Pond
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Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum) near the lower Au Sable
Nodding trillium (Trillium cernuum) near the lower Au Sable
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Hauling it to the Pond
Hauling it to the Pond
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Before the assault - the Three Amigos
Before the assault - the Three Amigos
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Joe and Todd afloat
Joe and Todd afloat
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Joe's first ever flyrod perch, and a keeper too
Joe's first ever flyrod perch, and a keeper too
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Joe's first ever brookie on a fly rod, pretty little thing
Joe's first ever brookie on a fly rod, pretty little thing
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Yours truly looking for fertile spots
Yours truly looking for fertile spots
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While mild-mannered around trout, I become a raging bloodthirsty psychopath around this fish species...
While mild-mannered around trout, I become a raging bloodthirsty psychopath around this fish species...
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As you can see, I had some help from Joe and Todd, so they are accessories to murder...
As you can see, I had some help from Joe and Todd, so they are accessories to murder...
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Todd cleaning 'em
Todd cleaning 'em
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The assault craft taking a rest
The assault craft taking a rest
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Firemaster Joe
Firemaster Joe
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Leatherleaf (Chamedaphne calyculata) blooming in a nearby boggy spot
Leatherleaf (Chamedaphne calyculata) blooming in a nearby boggy spot
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Our constant companions, good old Bufo americanus...Todd said, "I didn't know toads could swim!"
Our constant companions, good old Bufo americanus...Todd said, "I didn't know toads could swim!"
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Murder evidence!  We have to eat these...
Murder evidence! We have to eat these...
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Potato-flipper-in-chief
Potato-flipper-in-chief
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Shore dinner
Shore dinner
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Our morel haul
Our morel haul
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Your guide and host...and I don't want no funny stuff!!!
Your guide and host...and I don't want no funny stuff!!!
Jmd123May 23rd, 2016, 10:54 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2351
My buddies Joe and Todd made it back up for their "2nd annual" visit over the past weekend, and Todd insists on doing as much natural foraging as possible. So, where to take them to catch fishies we can eat without guilt? Why, [REDACTED] Pond, of course, with it's overpopulation of perch competing with the brookies! I in my kayak and the boys in a canoe assaulted the pond with KBF-type patterns and the perch responded with enthusiasm, as well as a few little brookies - Joe officially caught his first trout on a fly rod! I was throwing a standard silver-n-grey #10 KBF and ended up throwing 14 perch into my boat and releasing a brookie pushing maybe 8"...a beautiful day which we had all to ourselves, nobody else on the whole pond! Except for about a thousand or so American toads which were mating all around us and singing up a storm all day long, and nothing else but the wind in the trees and the birds for sound.

The boys found a good spot to land and cook, and we brought cookware & fixins from the house, including the top shelf in my oven that served perfectly as a cooking grate over our wood fire. Todd cleaned them all up and we fried them along with potatoes, and some ostrich fern fiddleheads that Todd had collected at another stop on the way. Shore dinner in a perfect location, and then we went back out for brookies on dry flies, where there were a few #14-ish tan-brown caddis on the wing that brought up a few fish as the winds died down to nothing and the pond turned to glass. Not many though, things still aren't going on really strong around here yet, it's been so damned cold, but it will get much better.

The rest of the weekend we spent searching for morels (found just enough for pizzas!), photographing wildflowers (Trillium are finally at their peak even if the morels aren't!), and visiting old friends. Like last year, but instead of trout and chicken-of-the-woods, perch and morels...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Feathers5May 24th, 2016, 9:59 am
Posts: 287Great pictorial. You guys look like you had a really nice time and a good meal. Thanks for posting.
PartsmanMay 25th, 2016, 8:31 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 216
Looks like a good time was had by all. I was on the rifle yesterday, it was in the mid 80,s when I came in for lunch, looks like summer might be here.
Mike.
MartinlfMay 26th, 2016, 1:50 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2877
Great report. Some good fishing and eating. Those morels look delicious.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
OldredbarnMay 31st, 2016, 6:18 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2587
Looks like a fun time.

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
Steps25June 1st, 2016, 2:54 pm
Connecticut

Posts: 31
Nice pics
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