Autumn is here and for an angler in the Great Lakes region it is time to think about steelhead. The hot weather that has persisted all summer is finally giving way to an early fall feel. We still need some rain but the fish are beginning to show. I am still hopeful of having some good muskie outings this fall as well. Efforts were hampered this past week by windy conditions but last week my home river did yield one smaller sized fish on a black and white tube fly. I plan to be out there a couple times this upcoming week.
There have been two late cancellations for my hosted trip to the Silver Hilton Steelhead Lodge on the world famous Babine River. This lodge is regarded as the top steelhead lodge in North America. The dates are October 29th through November 5th. The 2012 steelhead runs are well above average and this week is shaping up to be a another good one. I know it is late notice, but if anyone is interested in joining us, please let me know.
The summer muskie fishing in Western New York has been full of opportunities. For me it has been more of a season of close calls and even heartbreak as I had a big fish bite through my 60# flourocarbon shock tippet a few weekes ago. The best fishing of the season however, is about to begin. I had an enjoyable outing this past Monday with Steve Wascher and his new boat. He put the first muskie in it, a hard-fighting 36" fish that attacked one of his Esoxulater flies. I hope there will be more muskie updates coming soon.
I finally have some time again to dedicate to my weblog. It has been a very busy summer putting the finishing efforts on my soon to be released new book - Advanced Fly Fishing for Great Lakes Steelhead. And my website has been re-worked to give it a fresh, new look. I expect to provide weekly updates to the new weblog including details on fishing outings, upcoming events, and product reviews.