The dog days of summer have arrived.  And I'm not talking hot, humid weather that is unbearable for anyone who goes outside...far from it...but rather the beautiful warm temperatures of mid to late summer throughout July and August which gives us the opportunity to truly enjoy our northern Michigan summers. 

Mid-summer brings us daytime brook trout fishing, bass and panfish fishing on the local lakes, chasin' big boys at night, and sometimes just sitting on the bank with a lit cigar; fly rod in one hand, cold beer in the other.  Sometimes enjoying our sport of fly fishing is more about the beauty of our surroundings and enjoying the life we have rather than putting fish to hand.  Night after night of chasing bugs to find fish is replaced with chasing a new lease on life.  Don't get me wrong, we all love catching fish, and sometimes even chasing the biggest guys in the river...but any angler that tells you that the only reason he goes fishing is to catch fish... is missing the point.

One of my favorite quotes sums it up pretty well..

"Unless one can enjoy himself fishing with the fly, even when his efforts are unrewarded, he loses much real pleasure. More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done." - Charles F. Orvis

Most of my most pleasant memories with a fly rod in hand have happened in July and August...and not because the fishing is any better or worse than another time of year, but that we tend to focus on the other things - the friends we fish with, the adventure of searching out new water, and just enjoying the long hours of the day (...and night).  We focus on the things that mean more than just putting numbers or inches of fish to hand.  The best things in life are free, right?

I'm not going to detail out a whole list of what flies to use this week, or where to go, because the possibilties are truly endless.  Stop in the shop, and we are happy to help you enjoy your time on the water.  With that, I want to leave you with another one of my favorite quotes...one of which most of you have read, or heard in 'the movie'...and if you haven't, make sure you rent 'A River Runs Through It.'  But save that till the snow flies, for now, get out and enjoy the water~

"Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters." - Norman Maclean