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Newest New Guy
I think I'm the newest new guy at the forum. I'm new to fly tying. I've only been at the vise for 2 months, but I've been fishing my whole life. I'm originally from Michigan, living in NE Ohio. I spen
Reel for winter steelheading
I am thinking about finally getting more serious about fall/winter/spring steelhead fishing here in Michigan. I've picked out the rod I want to build (a 10' 7 wt.), and now I'm pondering which reel to
Hurricane Florence
"Winter in Michigan begins well before Thanksgiving and stretches far past Easter, which makes for four-to-six wearisome months of always-gray, always-cold, always-drizzly, but-rarely-snowy-in-a-good-
Nice long day on the river
With summer waning, I decided last weekend that I wanted (at least!) one more long, warm summer day floating a smallmouth river. I chose a stretch of Michigan's Grand River that runs through the Portl
Hardest fighting freshwater fish?
I haven't caught enough different species to answer this question with any authority, but I do recall fighting Chinook ("King") salmon on my father-in-law's boat on Lake Michigan. Even with a mighty t
Letís talk decals
Getting back to the original topic of this thread... :)   David Ruimveld, an outstanding Michigan sporting artist   De
Favorite Brookie Patterns
Patriot fly works wellhere in Michigan
its hot
It really is getting to be a bit old now. Been over 90 for the past week and some days hitting 95-97 here (Michigan). Factor into that high humidity and it's like walking out the door into a sauna. No
There's a little place I know...
...a little lake here in Southwest Michigan that seems to be frequented only by me and a handful of people who live far enough out in the sticks to be near it. The approach to the single access i
Smallmouth time, my favorite
Had a nice float down the Flat River, a great smallmouth river in West Michigan. Caught bass steadily all day long, most in the 12-14" range. Since the river is so broad and the current mostly gentle,
Bonsai Garden 2018
  That will be a first, no?  Store bought established Bonsai?  Up to this point, if memory serves, you've developed your trees from standard growths.   It's pretty much just one
Horse flies...
I don't think we have the green heads in Michigan, thank goodness. we definitely have deer flies, though. They have got to be the most persistent creature in nature. Nothing (so far as I can tell) rep
Any gardeners?
I live in Michigan, we have a great regional "supermarket" called Meijers.  They have a great garden; it is called the produce department.  After years of fighting the critters, blight and a
I really DO hate people.
I have made a few business trips to Michigan. The "Michigan" left has to be one of the strangest ideas that civil engineers have dreamt up.   At least the "Jug Handle" in New Jersey makes a littl
Looking for panfish ideas
For surface flies, I use Bivisibles in a variety of colors.  I make them with white fronts and the back 3/4 of the fly is brown, black, olive, grey or variegated ginger.  Sometimes I tie in
Cohen's Bird Variation
A few days ago there was a deer hair bird flytier posted. I thought he got it from our fly pattern data base and it looked like something I tied, It was not, so moving forward, here are some that I di
Paint Creek today
Yeah it's a nice thing to have here in SE Michigan for an urban fishery. It's nice to be able to drive a short 15 minutes and fish for trout in a setting that makes you forget you are surrounded by ci
80 foot wave
I'm not trying to make a comparison to that wave but one time we had my 24' cruiser I chartered in Duluth and heading back to Knife River where we'd put in. 3 of us on overnite fishing trip on Lake Su
Michigan Trout Opener
Nice brown Bryon. Yeah the high water messed up a lot of peoples opener this year, it happens though you never know what you're gonna get for the opener in Michigan. I've had openers where it was near
Fly nameing
I tie a streamer that works really well for trout in Northern Michigan rivers. I've never seen one for sale, but, because it's basically a hybrid of two very well-known established patterns (the Wooll
Any other Michiganders doing the Trout Opener this weekend?
  Ben, when I first moved to Michigan, I could barely understand people because of how rapid-fire their speech seemed to me. Meanwhile, they were all rolling their eyes waiting for me to "drawl"
Some ficus bonsai work
Probably have the backyard in shape in a couple weeks. This spring was really late to get here this year so everything is a couple weeks later than normal. It was still down into the 30's last night.
9' 7wt 3pc
Very cool Bill I always enjoy seeing pics of fish guys catch on my rods :) we had some of that weather here in Michigan as well. Real late spring this year, finally nice now but it was cold and snowy
Is the FF Industry Sacrificing Ethics for the Hero Shot
Ethics is about right and wrong, not about what is legal or legal. Although laws are most often derived from ethical arguments. Sure it is almost  a given that violation of laws also bend or brea
Global warming?
Keep it there where ever you are Les because I am soooooo over winter! lol   Thankfully we are finally starting to creep up into the mid to high 40's on almost a daily bases here in Michigan now.
And a once in a lifetime happening in March Madness
Loyola Chicago, who's that? Last of the  Cinderella's in this tournament, though some say Michigan is in over it's head. A lot of those teams coming on as the Cinderella's are comprised often of
Mono rigging
I fish exclusively with a fly rod; nymphs, wets, drys, streamers, etc.  I enjoy it and I accept its inherent limitations but reading some of the snobbish and elitist posts on this subject makes i
Northern New England in mid-August--worth it?
Well, a big "thank you" to Fletchfishes for the tip on North Country angler--they were great! The owner put me on a nice stretch of the Ellis where I caught lots of beautiful brookies, including a cou
looking for user reviews (vest vs. sling pack)
flyty1 I hear you -- I've had several vests that I liked over the years myself--very traditional ones from Bass Pro, and more tech-y ones made of super lightweight materials with special yokes for pro
Oh boy here we go!
Yeah I'm sure we'll get more winter here as well, after all it IS Michigan. Normally we'll have a warm spell like this then back to winter for most of March. Have even had ice storms in April here. Be
Connecticut Fly Fisherman Association Expo
Small one day expo, I have always enjoyed it, good group, if you are local to CT and have nothing planned for Saturday.       Saturday, February 3 CFFA Expo & Banquet featuring Jen
4 year ficus progression
 You know it's getting into the dead of winter in Michigan when it's 1am and you are working on your bonsai trees because it's been months since you had to bring them all inside. Here's a little
Mop fly
Thanks I will look in BB&B there is one close to our Cabelas and God (and my wife) only knows I am there enough. I want to find some plain white then can dye them to any color I want.  I have
Brrrrr...! How low can you go?
38 would be a friggin heat wave lol ;) High today is gonna be 10f then down to -2f tonight. We actually are about to set a record here for most days in a row below 20f. Being a life long Michigan nati
Office version 3.0
Haven't made it to the Chicago show but a lot of the guys from our club (Michigan Cichlid Association) went just recently. Geos are all three males so no breeding with those. I use to have a lot of sm
Tye v Tie
... Magic, sorta like another MVP from MI. What's an "MVP"?  Michigan Vehicle Passenger?  Movie Viewing Patron?
Any of you kayak guys have thoughts about the Anchor Wizard?
I'm interested in the Anchor Wizard kayak anchoring system. See it here: Right now I have a sort of DIY version of the "Bernie's River Stick" t
Show us your vessel
Shoebop, love the Stealthcraft! Great Michigan-made boat. That is very close to the type of rig I hope to acquire in the next 5-ish years. I love the idea of being able to run up the Manistee or the
Destin, FL and environs in December/January?
I hear you, Mike -- North Florida was my mom's idea (this has been proposed as a family Christmas gathering). According to Weather Underground it only gets up into the 60's for the daytime highs in De
Hello from the U.P.!
Hello everyone, I just wanted to "formally" introduce myself here.    My name is Brandon and I am the owner of Superior Flies, LLC. I am from a small town in the beautiful Upper Peninsula of
Favorite UV Resin?
My apologies for jumping right into discussion. This was just something that was on my mind and I was curious about what other tiers preferred to use. I'll admit that I should have done a little more
Prep Game bird skin adive.
Humidity seems to be the determining factor in how long it takes for a skin to dry. I started the borax process on quail skins in Kansas and left them in a garage for the remainder of the week and whe
Spray for neoprene waders to make them easier to put on?
Gore tex/breathable waders are fine in cold water as long as you layer properly underneath them. I stopped wearing neoprene probably about 15-20 years ago and have worn nothing but my breathables sinc
Bass fly line question
You said the S/T line that you have has been working for you, so, if it was me, I wouldn't spend the money on another sink tip unless it was going to do something that the current one doesn't, e.g. si
Any snake ID out there?
Mike, mike, mike, mike, mike! I never said seperate hotel rooms but i would be okay with that as well. Seperate rooms in my house is not so much a rule as it is a value. In fact their coming over and
Ordering online
I've always bought 50-75% of my fishing and tying gear and supplies online, and I can't remember ever getting anything that was just wrong or of poor quality. I've frankly had far more disappointments
The New and Improved Fly Swap
Byron, I plan to take an hour or two next month, hopefully fishing among a big school of pellet fish, to try a theory I've always held to. My buggers will be a good example to try on but I also want
Soft Hackle Wet Flies
I love tying and fishing soft hackles. A hare's ear soft hackle is my go-to "searching" fly for smaller trout streams here in Michigan. I've caught a lot of nice-size browns on them, up to about 17".
Great deal on a 2wt
Next time you are around SE Michigan (I know you come this way at times) let me know Bryan. Happy to show ya some "how to" in person.
I catch more bass on this pattern than any other topwater -- it produces good fish from April through October here in Michigan. It kind of splits the difference between poppers and divers--it gives no
The value of the roll cast
Michigan is full of little creeks like this. If you want to get at the brookies, the roll cast is the only game in town.   [attachment=63750:Cook's Run.jpg]
U.P. Trip Report (photo heavy)
Glad that you had a good trip. I love Michigan, one of the prettiest states in the union. I haven't been to the UP but I have been close . I wish we had as much trout water in Mo as you guys in michig
Big Dry Fly Patterns
This is a go-to Iso pattern in northern Michigan -- Rusty's White Knot.      
Fly Tying Article
1.  I tie flies because I enjoy it.  It's cheaper to buy them than to invest a lot of money in tools and components but then you're missing out on the fun.  Tying flies is a past-time.&
Fish Car Project Part 2
A couple of weeks ago, I posted some pics of a storage box that I'd built for the back of my Jeep Patriot, and I mentioned that it was to be half of a sleeping platform, which I will use when I spend
Nice Au Sable pike on the fly
Kind of skinny for its length and it's head size. Is that normal for them after a Michigan winter or do they spawn this time of the year.
Giant Carp on 5wt!
     As I've said before, it's one of the few things I miss from "up North". Thank you Mike...   Where up north do you live?  I thought carp lived in even colder envir
Ultimate Challenge - Your Greatest Nightmare Fly Swap
Thanks!  I am looking forward to this challenge.  That is a nice looking pattern.  I will call up the shops in Grayling and see if either of them have a skin in stock.  I will prob
Fish Car Project, part 1
Sounds like a great plan. Spent a lot of time in UP mainly fishing tribs of Lake Michigan for sea run (well, lake run) trout and salmon. Don't know if you want to drill holes in your car but it would
Weathermen and weather apps suck thread
Maybe you guys have better weather forecasters down in FL or something Mike, but here in Michigan ours are WAY off more often than not.
A quick thank you...
Here's another way of looking at it: When I first started out, I couldn't really afford to buy flies OR the materials to make my own, so, since my budget was so limited, I went with making my own
tilt wing parachute
Ted Kraimer's came up with his Tilt-shoot a few years ago     a tilt-wing variation, with the deer hair body style common to the Michigan tying community; Kelly Galloup's part of that clan
Winnie's Fore and Aft SBS
Art Winnie's Michigan hexagenia pattern from the 20's. I beefed up the tail a bit to give it a bit more buoyancy - the original pattern was tied with 3 bucktail fibers. hook - TMC 5212 #6 thread -
Where in Michigan are you from? I am in Oakland County.
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