Friday, December 31, 2010

Stripping Streamers on News Years Eve 12.31.10

I spent the day stripping streamers with Rexman, one of my most dedicated blog followers.  We haven't fished together since the hex hatch six months ago, and it was excellent to have him back in the boat.  Rexman loves throwing streamers for the big boys.  He even argued that streamer fishing for brown trout is more exciting than fishing dry flies.  Hmm, I'll have to continue to think about that one!

The recent thaw made for perfect conditions on our 14 mile float down the AuSable.  The browns were very active, possibly, the most active I have ever seen them in mid-winter.  We began seeing fish and had a few follows at the start of our float.  It was sure to be a great day.
Soggy conditions are perfect for mid winter streamer fishing
Rexman quickly put two solid fish in the boat, including a gorgeous 16" brown trout.  Continuing downstream, he had quite a few additional hookups including a short battle with a 20"+ trout that had us both screaming when the hook let loose.
Rexman's catch of the day!


  1. Love the updated look of the blog and the underwater camera shot!

    Happy New Year bro.

  2. AO,

    Last day of the year and I finally boated a fish (fly fishing personal best) worthy of the AO site! It was a great day. Thanks for the float, I look forward to another day we can battle big browns together.