Thanks Rick. There are a few areas in some of our better trout streams where catch and release with barbless is mandated, however most are not. The angler makes the choice to keep or not. Most do the right thing on a natural trout stream and release.love those chrome JS guitars. they look so......Silver Surfer as intended.
oh man, i love fly fishing. a 3WT is a blast here in Ga bro. 5WT being the normal
weapon of choice. we have some great trout streams here and we boast to have the
farthest south natural trout fishery in the US.
there are places on the rivers where you can go pay $400 for 2.5 hrs of a guided only trout trip.
the river is damned on both ends of the section of stream and patroled regularly.
OH HELL NO i aint paying that kind of money. barbless hooks and no keeping your catch.
i get it but its a game for the rich. best day ive ever had on the water was 130 plus trout in 4 hrs.
havent come close since. may fly, blue wing, the fly formally known as prince (super badass fly)
adams being the flys of that trip. me, i like wet flys. not many choose those here to use.
cool pics too by the way.
Michigan is blessed with an abundance of lakes, rivers, streams, and even a beaver dammed brook can be
a jewel for brook trout. I love exploring smaller creeks in northern Mi for these hidden gems. Years ago, before they tried to reintroduce grayling back into some of our trout streams, a species that supposedly has been extinct in Mi since the late 1800's, we found a few on a small creek that had 3 major beaver dams. Some of these damns were ancient and huge. The beaver activity with dropped trees was very notable wading in for about a mile walk through some very thick terrain. Mosquitos and flies were bad. But when we found the pools these beaver dams had created, we were in brook trout heaven.
The gent who lived in the area and turned us on to his secret spot had told us of two different grayling
that he had caught there. One was just over 10", was an albino. Released of course. That day my bud caught another about 12" that proved he wasn't lying about the grayling. This was back in the late 70's and the State had not yet tried to re-introduce them. In the late 80's and early 90's our DNR tried to re-establish a population of grayling that would bring them back. The project failed. The area they planted these was nowhere near that small stream we had hiked into. Extinct in Mi since the late 1800's. Not true. Very rare and scarce, but not extinct.
Lake Mi, or some of our rivers that flow into the great lakes get amazing runs of trout, and they are big. If I keep a trout or two, it's usually from fishing in the surf of Lake Michigan, or one of rivers that has a run of them coming up from the big lake. When trolling on the big pond, I also keep some for the smoker. There is some natural reproduction in some of our better streams and rivers, but most of the trout caught fishing the great lakes are planted. The same story for our salmon. There is some natural reproduction, but most are planted.
With the garden finally finished. * (60' x 120') It's huge. I'm now getting ready to catch a few bluegills and perch on some local lakes. My baby Lund has been bugging me to go fishing. It's time.
"I am haunted by waters" A River Runs Through It
Some pond pics
Three very good anglers
Great Blue Heron