Thoughts from the Water

Things other than random songs that, “just pop in there,” while fishing.

Upper Peninsula Smalljaws on the Fly

Until this last week – I had never been to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In a couple words, it’s an anglers paradise. There is water everywhere and people are scarce. That means low pressure and a ton of water to yourself. Oh yeah – there are big smalljaws in many of the rivers as well. What else can you ask for? How the Upper Peninsula Adventure and About Mike Schultz of Schultz Outfitters sold me on … Continue reading Upper Peninsula Smalljaws on the Fly

Late Spring Lull in Buffalo Niagara

A Little Late Spring Lull Late spring can be unpredictable around Buffalo Niagara and this year is no exception. Weird temperature swings, wild shifts in wind direction, and smallies transitioning to full spawn mode have slowed things down slightly. By slowed things down I mean instead of boating 40plus jaws in a day we’ve been hovering around the mid 20s. The smaller males have been defending their territory while the females have been on beds. … Continue reading Late Spring Lull in Buffalo Niagara

The State of Being Well-Fished

The State of Being Well-Fished I’m well-fished. This time of year is insane for guides in Buffalo Niagara and I imagine it’s the same for our peers across the northeast and the Great Lakes region. Memorial Day weekend is often the first good stretch of time off work people get when there is great weather for outdoor activities. Considering how frigid our spring was here in Buffalo Niagara – there was/is a lot of pent … Continue reading The State of Being Well-Fished

The Smalljaw Syndicate – Buffalo Niagara Represents

Buffalo Niagara – A Strong Stop on the Smalljaw Syndicate A few years ago, Mike Schultz of Schultz Outfitters started an Instagram hashtag – #smalljawsyndicate. It was and continues to be a great branding and marketing tool that generates a strong appeal for smallmouth bass. Let’s face it – in the fly fishing world, for generations, trout have reigned supreme as the target game species for fly anglers. Although trout are a very appealing quarry … Continue reading The Smalljaw Syndicate – Buffalo Niagara Represents

Happy Mothers Day – Show Some Love to the Moms in Your Life

Happy Mothers Day, Mom! Mothers Day – I’m usually not a fan of contrived holidays but I am a fan of celebrating this one. If it wasn’t for my mother and my beautiful wife I wouldn’t be where I am today – a happy father doing what I love. My only hope is that reading this take the opportunity to reflect on what the mothers in our life have given to us to get us … Continue reading Happy Mothers Day – Show Some Love to the Moms in Your Life

A New Pattern and Warm Weather – Finally!

Finally! Warm Weather and a New Pattern At long last, a new pattern is here. If you’ve been reading our posts for awhile now, you know that I lack patience. That comes into play when I’ve been doing the same thing for a prolonged period. Last September was the last time I fished without my bib and warming layers. Finally, this new pattern of warmth and sunny skies over the last week allowed me to … Continue reading A New Pattern and Warm Weather – Finally!

Big Water in Washington State – Home Away from Home

Big Water Washington – Home Away From Home Do you know the feeling you get on the final approach to your fishing destination? By final approach, I mean the drive, flight, or boat ride that ultimately gets you to your basecamp. The feeling for me is usually anxiety laden up to the reveal. After the reveal, I normalize pretty quickly and start wanting to fish. That is not what happened when the Zone (Tony Lohr … Continue reading Big Water in Washington State – Home Away from Home

The Fishing Workout – Plus Observations from the Water – 20180408 – 20180414

People normally don’t put physical fitness and fishing together in the same sentence. I mean, why would you? For most, fishing is a way to escape the weekly grind and leave the toils of life behind. Considering it a workout may taint the experience for some. However, think about every guide you’ve ever known. How many are fat? I’m betting not many. You don’t often see fat/out of shape guides. In fact, staying in shape … Continue reading The Fishing Workout – Plus Observations from the Water – 20180408 – 20180414

False Spring – Being Cold is Getting Old – 20180401-20180407

What is a false spring? I made the term up this past week. Well…in my head I made it up and haven’t bothered to research if it’s a real thing. A false spring is when the images and sensations one so fondly associates with this season don’t seem to come to pass. Things like budding trees, warmer temperatures, increased time outside, the smells of flowers, pairing of animals, birds you haven’t seen in a while … Continue reading False Spring – Being Cold is Getting Old – 20180401-20180407

How to Execute a Fishing Bender

Do you need a fishing bender? Look no further than Buffalo Niagara We’ve had the pleasure of executing numerous fishing benders all over the country in the past couple of decades. We cataloged many of them in our Re-Discover Your Region series of short films. However, it wasn’t until a client of ours executed a bender to Buffalo Niagara that I felt compelled to capture how perfect this place is for such an undertaking. You … Continue reading How to Execute a Fishing Bender

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