Spring and Summer Trips of 2016

This spring and summer saw many trips to many different bodies of water.  Some clients wanted to go after pan fish while others wanted to float and throw spinners for pike and bass. Whatever their liking we were able to find fish.  If you have never just floated a river it maybe one of the most relaxing things you can do,, well until a northern pike decides it wants to destroy your spinner bait.  Here are a few pics from what was a great summer of fishing.

The Rapids of St. Marys 2016

This year saw my fishing partner with a baby due in June so we hade to go earlier then normal.  We went up in May and saw some different things.  We saw early run fish, not drop backs. We saw less pressure as we were a little early for peak run.  We saw colder air and lower water for the first day. It was still not low enough to fish the big water hard, but we could fish it a bit.  We had a great time as usual and as always it was way to fast.  Enjoy

Steelhead Trips of 2016

This past spring we saw a decent run of steelhead.  We had to deal with high water for what seemed like a solid month.  This really put the fish in some different locations on the river.  That however did not stop my clients and I from some great trips with wonderful memories me great trips and wonderful memories.  Many a nice steelhead was brought to the net.  Below are just a handful of these great fish.

A Christmas Story

It was a mild December 28th from most winters.  On this day my god son Jeremy West brought his young son Rustin and Coltin from Baton Rough up to show them what fishing was like when he was a kid.  We had a great day as we reached double digit hook ups and brought 5 to the net.  Not to bad for a 5 and 11 year old.  The hot action helped make up for a day with dropping temps.  All in all the boys had a great time and got to feel the power of a steelhead.  Here are a few pics from the day.  Enjoy!!

St. Mary’s Rapids 2015

Another wonderful trip to Canada or the Saulte.  I look so forward to this trip every year and it always take so long to get here and then flies by so fast once we are there.  This trip saw Mike and I limited to fishing only the shallow water.  The hard winter did not allow Lake Superior to water to evaporate at its normal rate so it was very high and they need to drain some off.  Therefore they had 14 of 18 gates open and the big water was 4 feet higher then normal.  Its still the rapids and its still Canada.  Oh how I love it.  Enjoy!!   P.S.   when i’m by myself I take a pic of the fish in the water as I cannot hold it up, take a picture, and release it with harm by myself.


2015 Spring Steel season

Well, I am all in on a new adventure.  I have been fishing these waters for years if not decades.  I earned a degree in Education from Grand Valley State University to work in a classroom to  enlighten my students.  My classroom is now the river, my text books are my rods and lures that you will use to lure these beautiful silver creatures from the water with.  Yes the spring of 2015 is my first crack at really guiding exclusively with no distractions.  Here are just a few of the happy faces, chrome fish and beautiful back drops from an AMAZING spring.  Enjoy


Canada 2014 St. Mary’s Rapids

It is that time of year again, the annual trip to Saulte St. Maria Canada and the St. Mary’s Rapids.  To me this is the hole Grail of Steelhead fishing.  I know my stellhead days are limited to the great lake states, however this is a world class fishery.  It is also a young man fishery if you want to experience the whole river.  Staying in the small water as we call it is for any and everyone.  Fishing Buddy Mike Phillips and I never miss this trip and from time to time others will join us.  Maybe it is the fact we are in Canada and all we are here to do is fish.  Maybe it is the fact that we are fishing by an international bridge or the Saulte Locks.  It may also be the fact that ever step could lead to a bath or a long ride down river.  Until you experience it you will never understand it.  These pictures will never do it justice but they will give you a small taste.  Enjoy!!