Sunday, April 18, 2010

First Fish Camp of 2010 - Part 1

It was finally time for Fish Camp 2010.  The first Fish Camp was April 11-18th.  Cousin, Tim, drove over from New Jersey and his college roommate, Stan, came up from Virginia.  The weather started out warm in the 70's and turned colder later in the week.

The guys arrived Sunday afternoon and were ready to hit the stream. We decided to fish the Manistee River across from the Handicap Pier on the south side of the river.

On the way through the woods, we could see the river.  Yup, the river had lots of fishermen after the Spring Steelhead.  We waded out to the gravel bars and started floating flies.  Small black nymphs and egg patterns were used.  We saw lots of fisherman on the north bend, up by the boat launch, catching fish every half hour but the fish were moving where we were.                                                                                                     

This is Stan and He is using his spinning rod to float flies under his 3-way swivel and sinker.  You can see the handicap Pier on the other side.  The water was pale green and the temperature was in the 60's.                    

A nice 14" trout hit the white streamer.  We caught some nice browns and a few rainbows but the steelhead were interested in reproduction at the moment.      We caught lots of  medium sized trout but the steelies were tougher to get right now.                                                                                    

Stan gets into another fish.  This one is heavy.  After a few minutes, he can't move the fish.  I have a feeling I know what it is.  The Prized Red Horse Sucker!  Stan managed to get a few every day of camp!                

Here you can see the bend south of the launch area.  It was loaded with guys.  The fish were on the gravel beds in front of them.                                                                                                                               

The first day and we all caught some fish.  I had two steelhead on my 5/6 weight fly rod on small egg patterns and managed to get a good fight out of them but didn't land them.  It was good to be out on the stream and tomorrow we will fish the Betsie River.                                                                                                        

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