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Friday, June 26, 2015

Time to give back

Ok everyone it's time to give back on Saturday, July 11th, we will be meeting at the High Bridge Boat launch on the Manistee River at 9am for a river clean up event with Michigan United Conservation Club, the Metro West Steelheaders and the Steelhead Manifesto crew!
The Manistee River, runs 190 miles through Michigan’s Northern Lower peninsula, is considered to be one of the best steelhead, trout and salmon fisheries east of the Rockies! Because of the popularity the river needs some help to keep it clean.
Lunch will be provided for all volunteers by MUCC as well as a free On the Ground T-shirt and a free digital subscription to Michigan OutofDoors Magazine. We also have some super Prizes up for grabs for our volunteers from some awesome companies that care.
PLEASE Sign up and register below to volunteer for clean up!

Do you own a Work Sharp?

I bought this product last year and found it on sale for $79.99. Boy oh boy am I happy I did. This my friends is a great little tool. Not only do I keep my fillet knifes razor sharp for hatchery fish or those tasty bluegills. But you can do it very fast and easy with little effort. I discovered this past weekend that my fishing scissors can be real sharp too. I love the small little Rapala scissors but my only complaint with them is they are not sharp enough out of the box.

I don't know too many fishermen that do this. Maybe you should consider and ask yourself the following? Ever been on the river and try to cut off a spawn bag with dull scissors? How about braided lines? Or try to trim a marabou jig or fly down? How about when your tying up spawn bags? Dull scissors will slow you down. Not NO more the Work Sharp, it is made and based here in Ashland, Oregon. And on the angle guide they supply with the unit is a magnetic guide with all the perfect angles. In this case the perfect 65 degree angle for sharpening your scissors.

Here in the Great Lakes region it has rained for 2 weeks and many rivers have been blowed out. So while getting gear ready for the Skamania run I sharpened all my scissors. I was even able to pull guide off angle belt down and sharpen the small scissors on my William Joseph Hemo stats. This company or product is a sponsor here. I post this because I love this product. Give it a try and you will too.

Suggested Reading

Want to take your game to the next level? Are you a fishy dude? Read this book? I was doing a seminar a few weeks back and a fella told me about this book. Wow its a game changer and a eye opener. We have all heard the theories on barometric pressure and effects on fishing. I personally have believed a lot of these theories and preached them for years. But this book has a lot of answers to those unanswered questions. Now this is a long read 350 pages worth but worth it in my opinion.


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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Last Hurrah

Well I did not fish trout opener this year I opted for Chrome, Smallies and even a Atlantic Salmon. I had to scratch that itch, since we had such a cold winter. Only Chrome will do the trick sometimes and since the season has run so late this year, why not?   Some rivers will have fish well into May if weather holds out. Most water temps are in the high 40's and 50's already. Below is a one of my favorite trout video trailers with some awesome footage dedicated to the love of trout!

For you you center pinners out there, check the video out filmed by Joseph Pricen from he was in Alaska this year fun fishing. If this video does not get you going, you must not have a pulse. Some really nice fish were caught in this video.

I will be speaking at the Traverse City Steelheaders Club a chapter of the MSSFA. I will be there on Wednesday, May the 6th. The location will be 801 Front St. in Traverse City. Meeting starts at 7:00 PM and admission is free. Topic will be float fishing for Steelhead. I hope to see you there.

I posted some photos from this past weeks fishing trips. We used (Great Lakes Steelhead Company Beads) and spawn sacks under a float. The natural colors were the ticket in size 6 MM and 8 lb leader. The drop backs were in pocket water and holes behind gravel.

The Manifesto blog has many cool things planned this year in 2015 and we hope you approve so stay tuned. As Steelhead season nears the end here in the Great Lakes we always have Smallmouth, Trout and Carp on the fly this summer. Have a great week everyone, I hope you get out this weekend and enjoy life a little. As always thanks again for your continued support.

Tight Lines.

Fish porn from this past week.

PLAY BALL with these CLEATS?

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Secrets to become the Bruce Lee of Steelhead Float Fishing


TOP 5 secrets to become the BRUCE LEE of Float Fishing.

1.)   Pay attention to your Float and the drift itself. If your Float is ticking that means you’re too deep. Reel in and adjust your float. Only a few inches at a time. Most steelhead are only 6-8 inches off the bottom.

Pay attention to your float is it facing up stream or down? Your float is telling you what your offering is doing underwater. It should ride straight up and down. The bait has to be moving at the right speed. If it’s moving too fast and at the wrong current speed = no bites. You may have to switch to a bigger float and add more shot to slow your presentation down. I cannot stress this enough pay attention to your drift and float.

2.)   Watch your line and mend often if need be. If your line is going ahead of your float you need to mend it and slow that presentation down. Again current speed is crucial to getting bit. The fish know how fast that meal should be moving down the river. Especially on pressured fish and waters. Consider using a floating or High Buoyant type of mono line.

Today’s angler has many choices these days. Just to name a few. I like Raven, Siglon F, Blood Run Tackle Floating Mono and Pline’s Hydrofloat. These lines are super easy to mend because they either float or feature high buoyancy and cause the line to ride high in the water column. So when you mend your line, this means less disturbance to the bait, fly or lure.

They also come in some cool colors which makes it easier to see in the water. Thus making line management very easy. By keeping the line behind the float instead of ahead of it, will result in more fish caught by the end of the day.
If you’re a die hard mono person and if you’re not willing to try some of these new super float fishing lines. Get yourself some fly float ant paste and add that to your line above the float.

3.)   Depth is so crucial. Steelhead always tends to be near the bottom. The bottom is the sweet spot, remember that. If your bait is not in the strike zone = a missed opportunity. A lot of guys are worried about snagging bottom. Well here is the bottom line. The angler that loses the most hooks, flies or jigs is the guy that catches the most fish. Why because the bait, fly or lure is where the fish are. Hands down the float fisherman can be deadly in a variety of situations and deliver many different offering with results.

      4.) Always check the water clarity before deciding what you colors and sizes you’re going to use. If the water is low and clear than you should use smaller spawn sacs and jigs in pale colors. If the water is dirty then use bigger bags and baits with brighter colors. Do not be afraid to experiment with different colors and sizes. Water clarity is extremely important to the steelhead fisherman. If the fish can’t see it or smell it it’s hard to be successful. Do not leave a well-known run that holds fish normally without trying something different. These fish can be very color conscious or fussy.

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      5.) Bait quality is actually another overlooked item I think by a lot of anglers, even seasoned guys. You will spend thousands on rods, reels, tackle, clothes and equipment. Be it minnows, spawn or roe and even wax worms. The most popular bait for the float fisherman is spawn. But I have seen some guys use old and nasty spawn for bait. Always use either fresh or cured spawn that was handled and stored correctly. 

The Legend

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