Monday, November 29, 2010

West Side Metal 11.27.10

I love steelheading. Wind, fog, rain, sleet, snow, and whatever else mother nature can dish out, will never keep me off the river. Its what I do. I spent the last week fishing some rivers on the west side, Lake Michigan rivers. Swinging streamers is still a bit new to me, so I decided to dedicate the week to the two handed rod and my collection of rat shaped streamers. I hooked up everyday and I'm proud of that. However, the fish were hot, and two handed rod choice resulted in some skunkings. Day one, I bumped one off with the net. Day two, I got my ass kicked by two very hot PM chromers. Day three, I landed the most beautiful fish I have ever seen.
Fall Steelhead on the Swing
Pete and Zeus requested a picture of my steelhead sculpin hanging out of the mouth of a big ass fish.  I too am a fan of the coveted "streamer hanging out of steelhead mouth" photo...and I need more of them!  I tried to capture that very photo with the pretty girl above, however, her appetite was much like mine and she nearly swallowed the 4" streamer.  The fly is still in her mouth.
Fog on the Mo
I spent day one on the Muskegon, a very productive tailwater in southwest Michigan.  Day two, I migrated north to the PM to hide from the wind and snow in the forecast.

The fly water
I was also able to sneak out Thanksgiving morning to fish a trib of the St. Joe.  This was the first river I fly fished for steelhead, and my angling obsession has never been the same.  It was good to visit my old stomping grounds, with the entire river to myself.  Hooked a hot fish, which quickly jumped, shook my fly loose, and bolted for the timber I lured him from.

More fog and rain on the D
The river was up a bit, quite a change for me since we have had very little rain this fall.  A few storms rolled through while I was fishing in the snow up north.  I would look for fishing to improve throughout November and December.  See you on the water.

The End.


  1. Most excellent report. Good for you. I might try some steelheading this weekend... then again, chucking streamers on the north or south branch of the ausable sounds good too. Decisions, decisions. =)

    The Average Joe Fisherman

  2. Great report!


  3. Thanks for the feedback guys.

    We finally got a good rain last night...more today. If we get enough, the streamer water you mentioned should be hot!
    Good luck.

  4. That's a beautiful trout. Congrats are in order. Streamer fishing is so damn exciting. Those fish hit so hard in hopes of killing that giant fly. Now that duck season is wrapping up, I need to hit the river with you.

    I'm not good with the two handed fly rod. But I've got a 6 weight and thick waders. Let's do this.

  5. Thanks Pete and Zeus! You sometimes have to work for them, but when they crush a streamer, there is nothing else like it! Keep in touch, and we'll go chase some tail.


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