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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pinks rule but Chinook are still Kings !

Tim Hess with a Pink Salmon

Well my 3rd trip to the Great White North,was surely not a
disappointing one.Though I was sligtly burned out from a
long week at work, little sleep, and some long hours on the
road,but it was well worth it.

The King's pool on the Garden River.

The fishing was great, the scenery awesome, and the
camaraderie shared by our group was 2nd to none.
What an adventure!!! Exceptional # 's of Pinksin every
pool and run, with plenty of Kings sprinkled about the
river system and to our pleasure they where very cooperative!

Craig Shwarz With a Pink Salmon.

I spent my mornings testing patterns for Pinks,and as
on my previous 2 trips,just about anything pink,was a fish catcher.
Gilbet's Revenge,Showgirls,GR Minnies,Joelianai's, & Jays Pink
Skein-Fly where all productive patterns,for the Salmon. I spent my
afternoons fishing for the roaming pods of Kings,and to my
disapointment found out my 7wt,was no match for the Kings, as most
I tied into; headed quickly for the wood, leaving me fly less,and tying
on another tippet...............LOL !

Greg Senyo Releasing another King.

I was pleasently surprised by the # of Pink Salmon that readily tore into
my stripped #2 Hare ball Leeches.

A nice Pinook..

A special thanks,to Ben,Little Ben & Gilbert,for there hospitality,and all those
who participated in another great Northern Adventure !
And Congrats to Greg on his Orvis Fly Tyer of the Year Award!!!

Tight lines
Joel Bock
Steelhead Alley Outfitters / JAG Fly Co.

Early Season Steelhead Report and Current local events!!!

Despite the tributaries of Lake Erie being in desperate need of some serious rain, anglers have been enjoying the mild weather conditions fishing the creek mouths and the surf to satisfy the itch effecting most steelheaders this time of year.

I had a chance to scout and explore both Elk Creek, Walnut Creek, Trout Run and the Ohio Tribs on Wednesday. Like I stated above the creeks are dangerously low and in need of precipitation. The lower stretch of Elk Creek from the mud hole to the Boat launch had a decent number of fish, but the best action was in the surf off the mouth. Walnut had a few fish scattered around the project area and the best action was off the break wall. On Trout Run anglers were doing well as usual under indicators using nymphs and by stripping woolly buggers and streamers. White streamers and olive woolly buggers seemed to be the best producers for early season PA steel.

As for the Ohio Lake Erie tributaries; well lets just say they are low, low, and low! There have been reports of a few in lower Conneaut, but fishing the stream mouths and break walls double hauling large baitfish imitations have been best bets for early season steelhead. its only a matter of time and mother nature providing the rain to kick off the fall run.The fishing right now is less than worthy of spending on the cost of fuel, So keep tying up all those flies and cleaning the gear. The nights are getting cooler and rain is sure to come....and we will keep you updated!!

Will Turek and I head to Michigan Tomorrow afternoon to participate in the Great lakes 1st annual Spey fest at Henning Park on the Muskegon River. Here is the event information if you are interested in attending such a great Event:

Casting Demonstrations by:Andre Scholz of Winston Rod. Pete Humphreys of Guideline USA. Will Turek of Scott and Scientific Anglers. Bruce Richards of Scientific Anglers. Jeff Hire.

Tying Demonstrations by:Jerry Darkes, Kevin Feenstra, Tony Pagliei, Gerry Worden, Pete Humphreys, Greg Senyo And many others.

Manufacturers Representatives for:Abel, Beulah Fly Rods, Cloudveil, Guideline, Dan Bailey’s, Eumer, Nautilus, Renzetti, Rio, Ross Reel, Sage, Scientific Anglers, Scott, Simms, Teeny Line, Temple Fork Outfitters, Thomas & Thomas, Tibor/Pate, Winston, And more…

Hosted by:The Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co.
Come out and cast all of the latest rods and lines. One on one instruction available from many of the finest and most knowledgeable two handed casting instructors. See some of the most talented tiers of Scandinavian tube, Modern Tube, Traditional Spey and Full Dress flies in one location. Lots of door prizes. Casting Games Saturday evening.For more information contact:
The Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company...Phone 616-866-6060.
Tight lines!!
Greg Senyo

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