The adage that it is not about the destination it’s about the journey sounds cliché when you’re young. (Yeah – this is going to be another philosophical piece so if you want the fish porn, scroll to the bottom and check out the pics). Watch, someone will comment that I’m still young (I’m 40). I may be young compared to many but I’m old in the eyes of my colleagues in their 20s and probably … Continue reading The Journey – Revelations About Chalking All 50 States
Disclaimer: I’m not a spokesperson for all guides by any means. I am junior in this business with only a little over 2 years under my belt. Although I may be relatively new to this industry as a professional, I feel compelled to write about my observations…for posterity sake. It would be an added benefit if my colleagues actually read the content and provided meaningful commentary in response. Either way, I believe what will follow … Continue reading The People – Why We Keep Doing What We Do
So I turned 40 today. I’m not a big birthday person so I’m bordering on hypocrisy writing this but I mention the fact that I’m getting older for a reason.
It’s officially summer according to the calendars and how the earth spins around the sun. Long days, short nights, great weather, and plenty of opportunity to fish. It’s time to embrace the fact that summer is here. However, don’t get into the summer lull and forget how fleeting our summers around here can be. The Summer Lull – Avoid it The summer lull is something that can affect all of us that live around … Continue reading Summer – It’s Officially Here – Don’t get into the Summer Lull
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
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 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
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, 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
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!