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Jmd123June 29th, 2016, 3:57 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
Rogue, I once caught a 15" golden redhorse on a Woolly Bugger with which I was prospecting for trout in the South Branch of the Flint River. Looked for all the world like a skinny carp! I had my line broken three times in that river by least one of them was a big holdover brown from when it used to be a trout stream. However, there were lots of pike in that system too...

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
TimCatJune 30th, 2016, 3:00 pm
Alanson, MI

Posts: 121
I second rogues book recommendation. It's a great resource. I picked up a used copy for 5 bucks but I would've paid more for sure
"If I'm not going to catch anything, then I 'd rather not catch anything on flies" - Bob Lawless
JacmJuly 9th, 2016, 6:51 pm

Posts: 1
New to this forum, and somewhat new to fly fishing (although a long time fisherman), so this is my first post.

I stopped by the Betsie River at Homestead Dam the day before yesterday and observed a Chinook swimming around in the dam. Then, I noticed a second one start an attempt to ascend the waterfall. Went out today and waded down a ways, to a bend that has a fishing pole rack which is not far from the dam (anyone who has fished the Betsie has probably seen it). There, in a pool, I saw the silvery side of a fish move. I did not see this fish, it could have been anything. Mostly down there I have seen trout/steelhead, salmon, and suckers. If it was a sucker, it was a really big one. I stayed there for about 30 mins and threw a few different wet flies, but did not see much after that. Would have stayed longer except for an errand I had to run...

Not trying to divert this thread's topic, it seems like a suitable place to mention this and to also interject a quick question. My only opportunity to fish the Betsie was about ten years ago for a couple of days. And I am back in the area now, will be staying here for a few months. Today I have been wondering if seeing a few salmon there is normal now and if the salmon run begins this early? I always thought fish started going that far up in the early fall season, at least that is what I have been told.
RogueratJuly 10th, 2016, 6:20 am
Posts: 472

WELCOME to the forum, and its always good to hear from another Michigander...

To my somewhat limited experience it is not overly unusual to see limited numbers of salmon 'staging' offshore and in the drowned river-mouths this early. I've heard of early 'runners' in the Little Manistee in mid-July which is pretty far ahead of the normal run.

Wisdom and more experience needed here: if the big lake has lower than normal water temps would this trigger salmonids' biological clock to start their spawning run? Or is the occasional lone fish an anomaly?

Anyway, I'm headed north to the Platte and Big Manistee for a couple days, and I'll keep an eye out for early arrivals!


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