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  • Birthday 12/11/1971

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  1. That is a heck of a nice setup to have. Power and reliability to spare on both accounts I bet.
  2. Yup. He was just such a healthy and hard fighting fish, that's one I will always remember.
  3. Switched the Rio sink tip on the spey rod with a floating tip and did some nymphing with the two hander today. Lots of smaller bows jumping on the nymphs. As much as I Iove it here there comes that point in a long trip with no return date where you just feel that it's time, and I think I'm there. Body is getting worn out, bad rotator cuff in shoulder is really painful every night after fishing all day. Hands and feet are cut up and bite up. Have had a wonderful trip but I think it's about time to head home and build some rods for other guys. After probably a few days of rest.
  4. Just a man sittin' on a log waitin' on bugs to hatch.
  5. Bruce, today I was mostly nymphing with a large hares ear about size 8-10. The hax are going and so have iso's so fish are taking larger nymphs. Tonight there wasn't a lot happening. Some small fish rising but no real hatch came out this evening at all.
  6. Welcome to FTF Lee. Good group of guys here you will enjoy it. Have fun. Steve
  7. Spent morning and early afternoon on the river nymphing. Nothing of any real size but were a lot of cookie cutter bows to keep me busy. All the weekenders are headed home so gonna hit the river this evening and see if there's anything rising to dry flies.
  8. Twice this evening I have just stepped into the river only to have thunder/lighting start the very minute I start fishing. Not worth standing in water waving a graphite stick around. Tapping out for the day. Will sit in the AC at the motel and watch this Indiana Jones marathon, turn in early, so I can get up at daybreak and hit the river. Good news is that it poured finally, so water temp is falling and the river level is rising. Both are much needed things. Hopefully make for a good week of trout fishing ahead.
  9. All the pics from this evening on the river. Temps finally dropped and the air temp was actually a bit chilly at times, felt weird after 95f earlier in the week. More walleye on streamers this evening, then some great browns and rainbow on dries. With the Pike and Walleye and trout this morning and these fish this evening, and strangely (for a Friday) having the river all to myself, was just a perfect day on the river.
  10. Absolutely beautiful night on the river this evening. Have more pics to get off the camera but had to share this one before I shower and do the rest since I just got back to the motel. Had a good hatch of iso's right at dark with big fish rising to them. This one was rising a number of times so after about the 3rd or 4th time I drifted my iso dry over where it was coming up and he sucked it in. Excellent fight on the 10' 3wt as he jumped at least 8-10 times 3ft out of the water and tore back and forth across the pool peeling drag off the reel. Soon as I slide the net under him the fly popped right out. Just a gorgeous heavy Au Sable rainbow. Couldn't ask for a nicer night on the river.
  11. Just saw it for the first time yesterday and made me laugh. Usually commercials are just stupid, but that one is a funny one for sure.
  12. Had a great morning on the river. Started overcast and cooler so pulled streamers all morning. Had some good size walleye, a big pike that absolutely crushed a streamer and wouldn't fit in my trout net, couple fat rainbow trout, and a deer came right up and checked me out. No place I would rather be than on the Au Sable. Time to tie some flies for the evening and then head back out closer to dark.
  13. Pulled streamers for walleye again tonight but no wallys to net tonight. Did have a couple rainbows jump the streamer. One was quite the fat lil' football. They are calling for some more rain tomorrow (fingers crossed) sure hope so, that would help cool down the trout water where I can stop chasing bass/walleye and go back after what I really love which are trout. Then again long as there's a fly rod in my hand I won't complain.
  14. Trout water is still to hot this morning. I don't think it's ever gonna rain again 🙁So hiked up to above the trout water again for some warm water streamer fishing.
  15. Stripped streamers for walleye till midnight, feel like my arm is gonna fall off. Not much to show for a long evening/night. Couple smallish walleye and lost another. Had a pretty rose breasted grosbeak singing away over my head almost all evening long. Pretty little bird.
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