Archive - September - 2009
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9/30/09featured

Today marked the best Chinook fly fishing I’ve been privileged to experience as a guide. The Manistee is flat-out filled with Kings, and thanks to Captain Don’s directions, we got into fresh fish eager to take the fly. I lost count of the fish we hooked, but nearly half of them took green caddis, Steelhead Read more

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Where’s my camera?featured

Great time on the Manistee with long-time friend and client, Jeff, and his new business colleague, John, who while having distinguished himself as an offensive lineman for Lloyd Carr during the Tom Brady era, had never fly fished before. John caught on as quickly as anyone I’ve hosted, and throughout the day was into salmon. Read more

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Different days, different conditionsfeatured

Fall weather finally made a return the past couple of days filling the watersheds with much needed cold rain. Both the Manistee and the Muskegon took big jumps in flow surely providing that magic carpet ride needed for the migrating salmon. Joining me Friday was longtime guests Bill and Ida Sidor and Monday Ken Longstreet Read more

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9-26-09featured

What a great day to spend on the river fly fishing for salmon. This fly fishing trip was a birthday gift from Jenna to her husband, Patrick. What a great gift, time together, enjoying the outdoors and catching fish. Capt. Don Graham

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Boom–How too clinic!featured

Danny Viss and Kirt Vandyken joined me today on the Manistee River for a day of sore arms. Danny and Kirt put on a “how too clinic” today on the river- mostly a how too “lose clinic” but none the less they were on fish practically every third cast! We lost a bunch (mostly since Read more

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Paul & Ron 9/23/09featured

I was joined on the Manistee today by Paul Owens & Ron Cook. Paul took a day off from his day job as a teacher for Sparta Public Schools and Ron took some time away from turning wrenches as one of Grand Rapids finest mechanics to chase salmon. This morning was a bit slower than Read more

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Big!featured

Tim Hicswa and Al Eavey joined me today on the Manistee River. Fishing was a bit different today as the water rose better than a foot from the recent rains. New and old salmon were taking advantage of “magic carpet ride” and were on the move. Pool fishing became difficult this afternoon so the gravel Read more

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Maryland Magicfeatured

Matt from Maryland joined me today for some salmon fly fishing. Matt is in the geologic mapping business and has a keen interest not only in geology but in the out-of-doors as well. Although Matt fly fishes his native North Carolina and Maryland for trout and striped bass, chasing Chinooks (and for that matter, visitng Read more

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Now that’s a Salmon!featured

Pete Vredeveld along with his father-in-law Craig joined me today for Pete’s annual fall salmon trip. Fishing was good with plenty of opportunities for success though as it goes with salmon fishing many fall short of the net. If I haven’t yet convinced you of the overall health of the salmon this year I hope Read more

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Never too old!featured

The next time you and anyone you know slips into “I’m getting too old to do whatever,” remember this post. John commemorated his father-in-law Harold’s nintieth (yes, that’s 90th) birthday with what Harold likes to do best—fish. Harold took his first steelhead on a fly and fly rod when he was 86 in my boat, Read more

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