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Jmd123 has attached these 20 pictures. The message is below.
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This guy kept an eye on me as I was launching the kayak into Tawas Lake - green-backed heron
This guy kept an eye on me as I was launching the kayak into Tawas Lake - green-backed heron
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Joe & Todd heading out into Tawas Lake
Joe & Todd heading out into Tawas Lake
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Pretty juicy looking panfish habitat, though we didn't get many strikes
Pretty juicy looking panfish habitat, though we didn't get many strikes
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The open lake proved to be a bit too windy...
The open lake proved to be a bit too windy...
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Brisk enough to drag my itty bitty kayak anchor (with 5 lbs. of weeds)
Brisk enough to drag my itty bitty kayak anchor (with 5 lbs. of weeds)
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A two-track to primitive campsites on the north shore of Foote Pond led us here
A two-track to primitive campsites on the north shore of Foote Pond led us here
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...and to this
...and to this
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The ice-cold mouth of that creek coming into Foote Pond - and yes, it is designated trout water
The ice-cold mouth of that creek coming into Foote Pond - and yes, it is designated trout water
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Where it actually enters the pond - right into deep water!  Who's waiting down below that nice cold inflow?
Where it actually enters the pond - right into deep water! Who's waiting down below that nice cold inflow?
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Joe getting in some casting practice - he is getting waaay better!
Joe getting in some casting practice - he is getting waaay better!
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The boys enjoying a cold one
The boys enjoying a cold one
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The Three Amigos again! (Man, do I ever look scruffy next to Joe and Todd!)
The Three Amigos again! (Man, do I ever look scruffy next to Joe and Todd!)
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On to the next spot - yep, there's a whole lotta brookies just below that culvert
On to the next spot - yep, there's a whole lotta brookies just below that culvert
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Down below that culvert...is it a bog or a fen?
Down below that culvert...is it a bog or a fen?
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A bog plant, roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
A bog plant, roundleaf sundew (Drosera rotundifolia)
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A fen plant, marsh harebell (Campanula aparinoides)
A fen plant, marsh harebell (Campanula aparinoides)
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Todd working just below that culvert
Todd working just below that culvert
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Success!
Success!
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Todd coaching Joe as he works a seam with a nymph
Todd coaching Joe as he works a seam with a nymph
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Brookie waters
Brookie waters
Jmd123July 25th, 2019, 9:47 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2368
Well folks, I have moved! I am now on the north side of Foote Pond, overlooking a big hill covered in beautiful forest above a cedar swamp (and some springs) that leads down to the river. Through the trees I can see across the Au Sable Valley and sometimes I feel like I'm living in the mountains! So, to celebrate and because they both needed time away from their (high-pressure) corporate jobs, my buddies Joe and Todd came north again for a visit. Not many fish taken, mostly middle-of-the-day exploration because we wanted to party on the back porch in the evenings when I would usually go fishing myself). But, some pretty country seen, and photographed for your viewing pleasure here. Not nearly as spectacular as Jason's trips, but most pleasing in their own North Woods way! Enjoy.

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
TroutnutJuly 25th, 2019, 10:33 am
Administrator
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2533
Nice photos of the northwoods, especially that last one of the brookie stream!
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jmd123July 25th, 2019, 10:38 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2368
I saved some exploration for these guys so I myself covered some new territory, like that little cold stream tumbling in from the canyon...thinking there will either be (big) brookies or possibly some (also big!) pike sitting right below that little sand fan at the mouth...

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
PartsmanJuly 25th, 2019, 2:44 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 227
Beautiful, looks like you guys had a good time! So much to see in northern Michigan, my wife and I are heading up to pictured rocks hoping to do the kayak tour, and camping on the beach in a yurt. I have spent a big part of my season of fishing in the mason tract, which is another treasure! Good to hear from you, take care, Mike.
StrmanglrJuly 26th, 2019, 7:25 am
Posts: 146
Nice, thanks for posting.
MartinlfJuly 30th, 2019, 1:59 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2885
Thanks for posting Jonathon! Nice photos.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Jmd123July 31st, 2019, 10:40 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2368
Thanks to all! I live in a really beautiful place and it's always nice to show it off, especially since I am exploring new territory. More to come on my part!

BTW I still do have accommodations for wayward Troutnuts that find their way to my neck of the woods. I may have lost quite a bit of space but still have the foldout couches! All are invited to come and explore, loads of fish-filled waters to explore!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
OldredbarnAugust 7th, 2019, 1:09 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2591
Jonathon...You are showing your age. The heron is just a Green Heron (Butorides virescens) now. ;)

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
Jmd123August 8th, 2019, 10:42 am
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2368
Thanks for the correction Mister Nerder Birder, duly noted. For those that don't know on here, birds are the ONLY group of organisms that have official common names. As in, there is no such thing as a "seagull" or "Canadian goose". Buncha nerds...look who's talking!

;oD

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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