Winter  along the Pere Marquette River has been great.  The river right now is slightly up with a nice little stain to it and the water temps the last few weeks have been quite warm for this time of year in the high thirties and low forties.   We did lose a little more snow over the weekend which brought the river up a little.   What happened to Winter?  It’s been great so far, no shelf ice or chipping ice out of the guides.   I think were all keeping our fingers crossed up here, hoping this great weather stays we deserve the mild temperatures after the last two winters we had.   We are seeing some old and new  Steelhead around. You can find Steelhead scattered through out the whole river.  Fishing hard and covering  a lot of water has been key for a few hook ups.   Flies last week the Egg’s and Nymphs trumped the Swing.   Small Stonefly Imitations,Hares Ear, Hex’s and Alevin Imitations are starting to work. Smaller Clown Egg’s in Chartreuse and Steelhead Orange in color were working well when water levels were up.  For the Swing try smaller Baitfish imitations in more natural colors, Olives, Tan and Black Sculpin and Goby patterns as the river starts to drop and get cold.
Pics from last week…  A few Trout with Matt and Josh of Gates Ausable Lodge.  https://gateslodge.com/  Clint and I did a little trimming float and hooked a few fish on the way.   I managed to break the fat line and Indicator rig out  to score on some fish.  This winter has been great to get the Dog’s out for so Pheasant Hunting with Scott at https://michiganbirdhunter.com/
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