Fly of the month for May is the Hubbard Flash Fry. One of the first biggest hatch of the year on the Pere Marquette River is the Salmon Fry. These little minnows can be found all around the edges of the river and in the slower pockets and pools. Easy to tie pattern! Check out the link above for more information on this great source of food for our trout and drop back steelhead.
Before the bug hatches start to generate surface feeding action, little Fry patterns work very well. If you do not enjoy sitting out until dark or after dark to Fly Fish for trout, give the Flash Fry a try. This fly is similar to a soft hackle wet fly. It fishes well on a downstream swing. It’s a fun fly to fish on a light Trout Spey set up with a sinking leader or a light sink-tip. I find success in fishing it on a swing and twitch type method. Love to twitch off the banks, then let it swing slow through the run. If the mornings and evenings are still cool, and the bugs decide not to fall, try fishing a fry pattern or any style wet-fly.
I am Jeff Hubbard. I grew up in West Michigan with a real love for the outdoors. After guiding in Alaska for a few years, I returned to my favorite rivers and streams, here in Michigan. Among these, the Pere Marquette River is my favorite by far. I have spent many years next to this great river in the town of Baldwin and have a great love for this great natural scenic river. I became a professional guide in 1998, and fishing still remains a real passion to me.
I’m a licensed USFS Special Use Permit holder and State of Michigan Permit holder. This allows me to fish the whole water shed of the Pere Marquette River. I am fully insured and CPR Certified. I run Full and Half Day Trips, Instructional, walk and wade, or float trips.
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