Tag Archives: michigan fly fishing

Podcast: Late-Season Smallmouths, with Mike Schultz


Written by: Phil Monahan

Mike Schultz shows off a bruiser bronzeback.
Photo courtesy Mike Schultz

Do you stop fishing for smallmouth bass when summer ends? If you do, you could be missing the best bass fishing of the year and the chance at your biggest smallmouth. Mike Schultz–of . . .

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Photo and Story: A Summer Steelhead on a Mouse Pattern


Baptiste had come a long way to catch such a stunning fish on a mouse pattern.
Photo by Devon Carr

As fly fishers, we often believe that we deserve a fish. Perhaps you deserve that fish because you made so many great casts and drifts. or you believe that your bad luck is due to run out. This . . .

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Big and Meaty: Tommy Lynch’s Drunk and Disorderly Streamer

Written by: Tommy Lynch, The Fish Whisperer


Guide Tommy Lynch shows off a beast of a brown trout that fell for his D&D pattern.
Photo courtesy Tommy Lynch

When I was a kid, I always caught my biggest trout of the year on Rapala lures, which do such a great job mimicking baitfish. In many ways, when I am fishing and tying streamers, I am trying to recreate the attractive swimming motion of those lures, giving. . .

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Photos: The Hex Is On in Michigan!


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a sight to get a dry-fly angler’s blood pumping: the annual arrival of the Hexes.
Photos courtesy Brian Kozminski, True North Trout

Every June, anglers in the Midwest start to get jittery, in anticipation of the first sighting of Hexagenia limbata, the monster mayfly known as the “Hex.” (Or, the forbidden fly.) Former . . .

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Pro Tips: Chuck Hawkins’s Top 10 Michigan Flies

Written by: Chuck Hawkins, Hawkins Outfitters


Chuck Hawkins loves the variety of fishing opportunities in his native Michigan.
Photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

Kirk Deeter, writer for the Field and Stream blog, once said that he believes that Michigan is the top fly-fishing state in the union. One of the main reasons he believes this is that tremendous diversity of. . .

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Returning a Trout and Salmon River to Its Natural State

Written by: Kory Boozer, Boozer’s Guide Service


Removal of the Pucker Street Dam will reconnect hundreds of river miles of trout, steelhead, and salmon habitat.
Photo by Tim Scott Images

In the late 1800s, a gem of a river in southwestern Michigan began its long journey toward being straightened, confined, and essentially held hostage, with little chance of ever being . . .

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Podcast: Advanced Steelhead Tips with Chuck Hawkins


Written by: Phil Monahan

Catching steelies on the swing is the name of the game in Chuck’s boat…
Photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

This week, I interview Chuck Hawkins, one of the most experienced Great Lakes steelhead guides, who also travels the world in search of trout and other species. He’s a former Trout Bum of the . . .

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Photos: Discovering Michigan’s Wild Trout Waters

Written by: Tyler Coleman


Michigan’s state fish, in its native waters, is quite a prize.
Photo by Anastasia Coleman

Well, it didn’t take long before my love for small-stream trout fishing had me out and on the hunt. Where we are currently living, there are a few close areas you can fish for browns and the . . .

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Photos: Discovering All a New Home State Has to Offer

Written by: Tyler Coleman


Catching pumpkinseeds on a glass rod is a lot of fun.
Photo by Tyler Coleman

We have recently relocated to Michigan from Arizona. (You may remember our wild-trout series over the summer.) With an overwhelming amount of water around us, I started off by fishing . . .

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