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!
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
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