This was not really a fishing trip, but was my summer vacation with Jenny. I didn’t fish every day, but I did get to fish a lot. I tried to keep track of each time I fished over my vacation. I am going to put in a separate entry for every time I went out fishing… so here it goes.
Today I fished the Sturgeon River. We are staying at the Silent Sport Lodge, and the west branch of the Sturgeon River runs through the back of their property. I fished in this section from 10am until about noon. It was the first time using my new 5 weight setup. The only two times I have fished I have used an 8 weight fly-line and reel, so this is a little bit different. I didn’t catch anything, but I definitely found out about small casts, and side casts. It is tight quarters on that part of the river. The sky was cloudy all morning, and the water was surprisingly cold. I think I saw one small fish come up to feed, but I didn’t catch anything.
For lunch we went into Wolverine and I had a picnic with Jen at the city park across from the canoe rental shop. First, I stopped into Billie Bob’s Bait and Tackle to pick up some worms thinking the fish may be hungry for some real food. We then went over to the city park and began to eat our lunch. I am not positive, but this park seems to be where the west branch joins the main stream. It was amazing to see the difference between the two; the west branch was extremely fast while the main stream had a fairly slow current until the two joined up. I saw a great blue heron land down the section of the main branch, and I followed it down the main section. Check out the upper right of the picture below and you’ll see him. At one point I was about 25 feet away, and then it took off again. I went about a 100 feet down the main branch mostly because the current was slower, and I think I saw a fish jump up for some food. With no luck, I decided to try and move downstream.
We went to the Haakwood Camp Site. There was only about two or three sites occupied, and I found an empty site that was close to the river. While Jen read, I made my way down the embankments of the river. There was a pretty good sized brook feeding the river, and I walked down the stream to get access into the river. The current was really fast, but it was really open and made casting easy. I tried a worm for a while, thinking that would make me luckier. After no luck with the worm, I switched to an elk-hair caddis. After fishing this section until about 3:30 pm, Jenny and I headed to Gaylord for some dinner and ended up shopping at Walmart for a bit. I stopped by the sporting goods section out of curiosity and they actually carried a bunch of Fly Fishing gear. Not that I do not want to support the local fly shops, but I picked up some tippet and a box with two dry flies. I drove around Gaylord looking for a fly shop but I didn’t see any. Later I found out that there is a huge sporting goods store called Jays Sporting Goods, oh well.
After dinner, we drove back to Wolverine, and I wanted to check out a canoe access site I saw earlier. It was a really nice place to fish. It had stairs right down into the water. I tried three more worms, with a little split shot added to weigh them down. It is definitely hard to cast with a worm on a fly rod, the worm does not seem to stay on very well. I started to see some white tricos flying around, but as I was threading my trico in the middle of the river I dropped it, hit the river, and it was gone. So, earlier on this day I saw a white winged black trico, and I threw that on and cast for another 20 minutes or so. So, I had a lot of fun fishing today, but I got skunked. Maybe I’ll get lucky somewhere else.