With grandson Johnathon in tow, my friend Dan joined me for what proved one of the most perfect afternoon and evenings of weather and grey drake hatches I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing this year. Temps in the mid-70’s, light to no wind, perfect water flow and clarity and bugs—caddis in grey drakes—in ample supply. Better yet was my opportunity to share in the special relationship Dan and Johnathon enjoy. Dan mentors Johnathon in the ways of the outdoors in the best way—side-by-side. Whether camping, sailing, shooting, or fishing, grandfather and grandson live it together. So, it was a special treat to be able to share fly fishing and the Muskegon with them.
Caddis continue to provide afternoon and early evening action, and the grey drake hatch an hour before dark was very heavy with trout taking note. Larger trout continued in their recent “I’ll rise once and then take a nap” mode, but their younger compatriots looked up much to our delight.
Pictured are the guys taking a dinner break and drakes dancing in the moonlight. Thanks, Dan and Johnathon for a most memorable day on the water.