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  1. Welcome to FTF Lee. Good group of guys here you will enjoy it. Have fun. Steve
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Not sure how long, but still got a good amount of time. Spent the first 2 days at my cabin, now been in Mio for 5 days now so been gone about 6/7 days so far. For sure will be staying at least 2 weeks total. Might be longer....might never come back home 😁
  12. Thanks guys. I'm having a great time. Really need rain and the hot temps suck, but the good think about fishing waters you've fished your entire life is you know where to go and what to do to still get into fish when the conditions aren't right, even if its not the fish you came for (trout). The good thing is the temps are finally starting to break today. Starting tonight the nighttime lows are going to be dipping back down into the 50's and even into the upper 40's on Monday night so that should get the trout waters back into shape in a day or two hopefully. Just hangin out at the motel relaxing right now. Plan to hit the river tonight for walleye again later, not sure yet where/if I will go out during the day today. Depends on the temps.
  13. Walleye on the fly, in complete darkness, with the spey rod....that was challenging but fun. Wanted to trout fish but water temp was too high tonight so went after some wallys. Had the red LED's on my headlight while in the river and turned around to 6 sets of red eyes staring at me (family of coons at the rivers edge) think it took 2 yrs off my life, thought for sure the chupacabra was watching me.
  14. Hit the river real early this morning for a couple hours trout fishing before the temps went back up. Then about 10am I came back and went out this afternoon above the dam for some smallmouth since the trout water is too warm. Hoping it cools down a bit late tonight so I can get back on it, but might be middle of the night fishing tonight by the time it drops enough to think about hitting it again.
  15. Quite a change from last night. Was fish rising and hatches last night, tonight was almost nothing for hatch and just a few small trout. Sure cant beat the scenery though.
  16. Dave I'm starting to feel a bit old. I've never had problems seeing the eye of a fly even in low light, but last night about 9:45pm I was tying on a fly and couldn't believe how hard a time I had. With the trout water too hot mid day I decided to strap on the backpack and went exploring some trails behind the motel that lead down to Mio pond above the dam. Figured I'd see if I could find some smallmouth to take up some time till tonight when the trout water cools down a bit so I can head out. Only got the fish for two hours but landed one and lost two. Prob hit that spot again this week during the mid day heat.
  17. Waited till just before dark to fish a run that is a bit cooler temp. The ones I landed were not all that sizable, but was nice to have some active fish on dries after waiting out such a hot day. Right at dark the bugs started and I had what I thought was a small trout take a comparadun Iso dry because it was just a small rise to the fly. I set the hook and had a rainbow that was at least mid to upper teens fly 3ft out of the water. He must have jumped at least a half dozen times. After all that I get him about 10ft away and the fly popped out Will for sure go bacl to fish that run tomorrow night again because it really came alive with flies and fish right at dark.
  18. Yeah redhorse sucker/river redhorse. Think they go by a couple names I have seen.
  19. Some fun size bass to play with for sure. Hope the landowner is able to get that fixed up in a hurry.
  20. Not yet Bruce, but plenty of time left 😊 Went out for a few hours this morning before the mid day heat sets in. Got a decent variety in the short time on the water. Back at the motel cooling off in the AC then plan to hit the river this evening for some dry fly fishing.
  21. Somewhat the same here as well Dave. Here in Mio the flow at this time of year is usually around 1000-1100cfs range, but currently it's only 720cfs. The good thing is there is a chance for rain a few times over the next 3-4 days which would be really nice. Keeping my fingers crossed they are right on at least one of those chances.
  22. Long trip North started Thursday but was off the grid at my cabin on the lower Au Sable for the first few days. Spent the first few days chasing smallmouth with the spey rods. Fishing for them was tough but persistence paid off and picked up some pretty nice ones. Was nice seeing my buddy Richard get his first smallie on a spey rod I built for him, was a nice one too which was cool. Just got in to Mio this afternoon and set up my "home away from home" at the motel I have been staying at here for many years now, and will be here now all alone for the next 2 weeks or longer trout fishing, we'll see how the weather/fishing goes. Got out tonight for a short time and did a little nymphing in the evening and got a nice healthy football of a rainbow.
  23. Getting all of my trees in one area so that my Nephew can water them for me while I am gone on my long fishing trip. Guess I have a "few" 🤪
  24. Well this will be the last work I can do on my bonsai till after I get back from my trip, but wanted to get this English yew trimmed up before I leave. This one is quickly becoming one of my favorite trees since I started working on it a few year ago.
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