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General RegionThe Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Specific Locationthe yoop
Time of DayMorning to afternoon
Fish CaughtSteelhead
Conditions & HatchesLight wind but very cold, around 30 degrees. Water temp was around 34 degrees or colder.

Details and Discussion

Pryal74December 23rd, 2012, 2:35 pm
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
Here is a highlight video of a day fishing for Lake Superior run Steelhead. I was lucky enough to land all large Steelhead on this tributary. Unlike Lake Michigan Steelhead, Superior run steelies do not reach large sizes.

-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing
WbranchDecember 23rd, 2012, 3:11 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2701
Hello Jim,

Beautiful fish! I'm jealous, not so much by the size or numbers of fish, but by the totally un-crowded conditions you seem to encounter in your videos. Don't people in Michigan like to steelhead fish? Where I fish in, and around, the various Lake Erie creeks it doesn't matter how cold it is it would be an extremely rare day not to find good numbers of guys fishing.

I see you are very close to the lake and the fish, for the most part, are bright chromers. Are they Manistee strain fish? The PA fish are getting pretty colored up now but there are still some bright fish.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
GldstrmSamDecember 23rd, 2012, 5:54 pm
Fairbanks, Alaska

Posts: 212
Looks fun!

I always enjoy your videos. They are very well done.

Did you take those recently? If so I would guess that we were probably 70-80 degrees colder up here than when you took those. Brr. It's even to cold to go ice fishing, or to at least enjoy ice fishing.:)
Okay, I guess I should not complain. That is the price I pay for living in Alaska, and I would not trade it for much. :) :)


There is no greater fan of fly fishing than the worm. ~Patrick F. McManus
Pryal74December 25th, 2012, 6:16 pm
Escanaba, MI

Posts: 168
@ Wbranch... there are always people steelhead fishing up here... and I only fish in the U.P. These are all natural reproduction strains as far as I know in this video.

@ Sam... Yeah this video is from a month ago or so. It was about 25-30 degrees out with a slight wind chill and some awfully cold water. I can imagine you don't get a great deal of time to fly fish compared to the rest of the world. Oh and thank you. I do all the video work, except some filming.
-James Pryal
Into The Wild Fly Fishing

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