Hemmingway Reading Tour

Noticed a link to a reading program that will be happening around Michigan . Ernest Hemmingway was n author, but also an avid fisherman who spent many days fishing in northern Michigan. This reading program is called “Up North with the Hemmingways” and will be traveling all around the state of Michigan to various locations.

http://www.greatmichiganread.org/exhibit.php

hemmingway

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Free Fly Fishing Magazines

Fly Fishing America has a bunch of previous issues available for free on their web site. I thought that was pretty cool. It seems like there is a TON of advertisements, but then again… it is free.

Click here to jump over to their site.
Click on “ARCHIVES” for more issues.

Found some new music…

I stumbled onto a new musician named John Davis who plays an interesting variety of music. I heard him first in the “Bored Again Christian” podcast, and after looking at his main web site, I found this awesome bio on his lifeThey also have an interview up.

It seems that he was the lead singer for a band that played what sounds to me like mostly punk rock. The music I have heard on his web site stretches across many genres and I hear the musical styles of artists like Muddy Waters, Lenny Kravitz, and the Beatles in his music.

You can download a whole bunch of raw demo songs (he basically put out a demo album on his site for free) from his first album on his web site, which is located at www.johndavismusic.com. It looks like he has a new album coming out next week, and he also has a guest track on an upcoming Christmas album. The first album has blues, pop, punk, and the lyrics focus on God.

His music sounds like it comes from the heart, and that is what I enjoy the most about it. Here is a video I saw on YouTube as well:

Easy like Saturday morning…

9-22-07 – Weather: mostly cloudy to start, temps in the low to mid 70s, slightly humid.

Went out on a local river this morning and had some relaxation time. The water was lower than usual, clearer than usual, and the fish were less than usual. We started out early in the morning, and I checked the fishing “Astro Tables” which you can view here. Basically, depending on the position of the moon and the sun, you can have better or worse fishing. Today was ranked with 23 points, and I think it is on a 100 point scale. Either way, we did not have as good as luck as usual, but we still caught a few.

We caught a slew of creek chubs:
I got one

Some were on dries, streamers, and some where on my favorite rubber-legged wet nymphs. Interestingly, I caught the biggest creek chub I’ve ever caught today:
Big Creek Chub

With the river low, we had to be extra cautious when approaching holes, and I still do not think it helped much. We saw an occasional “bigg-un” dart under a log, but even at the best hole I know of the fish were coming up taking their sweet time, and choosing to not take the fly.

I did happen to catch one little smallmouth off of the tail end of a riffle:
Smallmouth

The biggest fish of the day was as we ere leaving, I had to try my favorite hole one last time. I ended up catching a fairly big rock bass:
Rock Bass

Probably, the most eventful activity of the day was when Jenny slipped on a rock and got to take a quick swim in the river. She was okay, but definitely got soaked.

Pere Marquette River

My father-in-law and I headed over to the Pere Marquette river this weekend to try and catch the beginning of the fall salmon run. Reports were showing that there were King Salmon working their way up, but that the fishing wasn’t great just yet. I brought all three of my fly rods after hearing that the brown trout fishing was going good.

We headed out as early as I could get up on Saturday morning. After a short stop for the #3 at McDonald’s we were on the road around 6:30am. As we passed through Midland, MI we unowingly ran into the Remax Balloon Festival which made for some pretty nifty pictures like this one:
Balloons over the highway

We arrived in Baldwin just after 9am and hit the main bait and tackle store right in town. We pulled off onto a side street and I took this picture…
Baldwin Michigan

You can see the clouds were starting to roll in and I was happy. I seem to catch more fish on cloudy days. From what I’ve read and heard, the fish don’t seem to spook as easy on cloudy days. We headed to an access point that was pretty far downstream because we had heard that there was fish down that direction. We did see a group of guys “drag” one out of the river, but we never spotted any in the water. It began to rain on and off, and I was hoping it might trigger some movement, but we still didn’t see anything.

After A quick lunch we made our way down to a different access point upstream, and it was crowded in the parking lot, but the water was pretty open. A bunch of canoes/kayaks were floating through, but overall it was pretty empty. After a while the sun came out in full force and a hatch of tiny blue-wing olives started coming off the water. I grabbed my tiny 3wt stream rod, and was able to get one. It ended up they were tiny steelhead smolts, and pretty fearless at that. We ended up spotting one king as it was swimming the wrong way down the river.

After a long day of fishing we headed back to the hotel. We stayed at the Red Moose Lodge for the night, and it was very nice. I highly recommend this place. It was right on the river, the rooms were a nice size, and was very clean. After dinner, we stopped in at the Baldwin Bait and Tackle shop. The BBT seems to be the better of the shops in town, and they have one of the best fishing forums in Michigan over at www.fishbaldwin.com. I was a little disappointed because I was hoping they would have offered up some advice (especially as I was looking to catch some brown trout), but I think because my father-in-law was wearing his Pere Marquette Lodge fishing hat (which is the local Orvis shop and their arch-rivals) that the workers were a little pre-occupied with converting him over. I did find some good deals there, and I am starting to put together a little portable fly tying kit to take with me on trips. I was able to buy a vice pedestal for $17 and a ceramic bobbin for $7.

When we got back to the hotel, I geared up and just waded the river right down by the hotel. It was already getting dark, so I tied on a mouse pattern for the first time ever, and I didn’t wade too far. I didn’t get any hits, but all of a sudden my father-in-law noticed a king in the water. Within a few minutes there were several kings traveling upstream, which made the following day look promising.

The next morning we didn’t want to drive too far away so we headed for Green Cottage, which is part of the flies-only water. Even with several cars in the lot, and passing several loads of fisherman on the main road, we didn’t see anyone else on the water for a good hour or so, and it didn’t get crowded until around 11am.

As I walked up to the river, we we greeted by pods of salmon. I couldn’t believe my eyes after not seeing any fish the day before. There was a nice pod out on the gravel so I whipped out my video camera and took some quick footage:

I had my 5wt rod and was geared up to try and catch some brown trout, but I figured I would give this a try and I was able to get a salmon to take my streamer on the second cast in. It almost instantly broke off my 5lb 5x line I had tied on, and I lost a really nice streamer. That was the only salmon I had take a fly all day. My father-in-law said he got to fight a few, and his last one I caught on video:

The one thing that made me mad was a guy next to me fishing with a spinning rod. He “accidentally” snagged a half-dead salmon on the tail. He then “fought” the fish as it went belly up into the current. I finally asked the guy if he needed a hand, even though he was wife was standing there. He said yes, so I went and grabbed the fish and handed it back to the guy. He then proceeded to take a picture – with the fly in the tail. I hope he posts that picture up on the Internet for a number of reasons…

Anywho, it was a fun time out on the river even though I didn’t really catch much fish. Michigan trout waters close in two weeks, so maybe I’ll squeeze one more trout trip in, but I doubt it. Luckily there are still some waters open all year up north.

Fly fishing deal of the year (or maybe even decade)…

I stumbled onto an advertisement on Craigslist.org about a year ago from a guy who said he was clearing out some fly fishing stock from a failed business venture. He had listed a bunch of miscellaneous items, and wanted just over a c-note. I totaled up what he was selling and I came up with around $700 worth of stuff. Well, he ran into some family-related issues, and I lost contact with him. About a year later, out of the blue, he asked if I was still interested.

Long story short, I met with him today and purchased the items from him. There are literally dozens and dozens of dry flies., several aluminum fly boxes, plastic fly boxes, a fly tying vice, and he threw in some bobbers. He was a really nice guy, and I truly thank him for wanting to get rid of this stuff. I’ll put some pictures up once I sort through it all.

Here is the first picture. Some where around 130 flies in this box alone:
Box of flies

Does money buy you happiness?

I came across this interesting story about one of the biggest lottery winners of all time.  After a long sad story, he is now claiming he is broke…

http://www.karemar.com/blog/lottery-winner-loses-114-million-four-years-plus-look-biggest-winners-all-time 

1 Corinthians 3
10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. 11 For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.