May 21, 2015

Ladies & Gentlemen!

The weather has been sort of a rollercoaster up here lately, however, in between the cool periods, the daytime dry fly fishing has definitely started to gain some serious steam!  Hendricksons are still around, and should be for another week as they begin to taper off into the beginning of June.  Slate-wing mahoganies, Light Hennies, lots of caddis and stones to go around.  The forecast for this coming weekend looks phenomenal, so don't hesitate to get out and enjoy some good ole fashioned daytime dry fly fishing while it still lasts.  Soon enough we will be into the evening and nighttime hatch periods of June & July, and the 'Gentleman's Hatch' of the hennies will be a distant memory...so get out and enjoy it while you can.  + It's Memorial Weekend...and that means vacation...so head up north, fire up the grill, and get out on the water for a few hours Saturday & Sunday.  Don't forget to stop and see us to check out the new gear this season and get stocked up on bugs before you head to the river.  We also have guides available, so if you want to head out on a guided adventure...stop in or give us a call.

June is coming, and with it the sulphurs, drakes, Isos, and Hex right on into July!  It'll be here before you know it.

Our complimentary fly fishing clinics at the resorts start this week...first off with The Inn at Bay Harbor on Friday, followed by Boyne Mountain Resort on Saturday...both 5p-9p.  The remainder of the season will have Thursday at Boyne Highlands Resort, Friday at The Inn at Bay Harbor, and Saturday at Boyne Mountain Resort.  We are offering something new this year with a little token of our appreciation to new guests, so stop on over and check out what this fly fishing thing is all about.  Plus, we love seeing old friends, so even if you have enjoyed one of our clinics before, or are a seasoned veteran, we would love to see you.  If you can't make one of our clinics, or want a little further instruction, we also offer private instruction on an individual basis. 

In addition to our resort clinics, we have been offering complimentary fly fishing clinics at the Charlevoix Farmer's Market each Thursday, 9a-1p, in downtown Charlevoix.  I am usually the one at that clinic since my roots are in Charlevoix, so stop on out and say 'hi' and get a little lesson from yours truly!  This clinic has turned out to be very popular, so please come early and often!

Steelhead are still in the Boyne, and the last of them should be trickling in and out over the next week or two.  It isn't uncommon to have a few steelhead left in the river heading into June, so if you want a little bigger tug, head on down to the Boyne.  Plus, there are still a lot of 8-12" stockers in the river that are sure to give you some fun.  They mixed up the Brown trout stockers this year and added Wild Rose strain back into the mix, so we should see a fair amount of those browns stay in the river throughout the season as compared to the Sturgeon strain that head out to the big lake with the steelhead stockers.  This should help increase the summer fishery in the Boyne and offer another great outlet for the guys who just want to get out for an hour or two.

All in all, things are turning out pretty well this spring as long as the weather holds into the warmer temps.

It's Memorial Weekend.  Get out, enjoy some sunshine, spend some time on the water, and we hope to see you!

Cheers~

Ethan