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Monday, June 30, 2014

Wild vs Hatchery Steelhead

This is a hot topic for sure on the West Coast. No matter where you stand on this issue I think we all can agree on one thing. No one wants the Wild Steelhead to disappear. Its important that we keep the wild fish going. The debate is how we keep the right balance of wild vs hatchery fish and still have angler opportunity. To tell you the truth I'm glad I'm not in that position or have that job title to make these decisions. I'm sure there has been allot of screaming on both sides..

No matter which way you go on this issue not everyone is going to be happy. My opinion is we need to protect the Wild fish for sure. After all its our fault they are on the decline. Now whats the cause of the decline?That is also up for debate among the ranks. But we all can agree on another item. Man is responsible one way or another for the Steelhead disappearing. So because of that reason we all have a moral responsibility to help the Wild fish out in my opinion.

No matter what your opinion is make it a great day and I leave you with this quote:

"Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed"







Tuesday, June 24, 2014


Well our trip to Ontario Canada was simply amazing. The Northwestern part of Ontario often referred to as Sunset Country did not disappoint evident by the photos below. This was my 7th trip and it never has let me down.

We were on a 5 day fly in and the first day the weather really sucked and we could not even get out. The second day started out the same but quickly turned sunny and beautiful. For the rest of the week we had awesome weather and so was the fishing. Hence why you can never take just a 3 day trip. A 5 day is a must weather can always be a factor.

4 out of 6 of us landed pike over 40 inches. And we slayed the walleye. I personally averaged 12-24 walleyes per 2 hours of fishing every evening. We spent the day chasing giant pike in the shallows sunning themselves everyday.

My buddies Ken, Scott, Mike, Brain and Tom had a blast and we can't wait to go back next year. If you never have never experienced a fly in trip to Canada put it on the bucket list. Trust me you will get spoiled and want to go every year. It took me a week just to try and get back to normal after coming home.

The sights, fishing and views were simply amazing. I thank my wife and my GOD for allowing me to experience it. Not to mention a great group of guys that I call my friends. And we can't forget our camp attendant Tomahawk John. That's another story for another day. Let's just say John will never forget this Birthday in 2014 when the boyz from the Mitten state came to town.

I'm truly blessed. Life is what you make of it. You control your own destiny GO FISH=LIVE!

Below are photos of trip, Fish'Isms and a cool snorkel Steelhead video.

I leave you with this.

"When I admire the wonder of a sunset, or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the creator"

32" Pike and 16" Walleye in its stomach.

Goodbye SUNSET COUNTRY see you next year!



River Snorkel: Wild Steelhead from River Snorkel on Vimeo.

Tie a Fly or Jig and ROCK it OUT BOYZ!


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Monday, June 16, 2014

What makes a DAD?

"God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of a tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight, The joy of a morning in spring, The faith of a mustard seed, The patience of eternity, The depth of a family need, Then God combined these qualities, When there was nothing more to add, He knew His masterpiece was complete, And so, He called it ... Dad." 

I hope everyone had time to spend with there families this past weekend and maybe even got sometime on the water.

Tight Lines!



A tribute to nature from Addis on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014


It's summertime now and one of every ones favorites is corn on the cob. Loaded with butter and salt. Mmm GOOD, doesn't get any better right? Well maybe, ever heard of Ole Bugle Mouth! The poor mans bone fish. And my favorite is the Motor City Sea Chicken! Have you got it now?

Yes, I'm talking about the Carp. One of my favorite things to do is to take .99 cents and buy a can of corn. Go down to the river and catch some carp. Its so cheap and BIG FUN. I do like to fly fish for them as well. But this past weekend I was fishing with my nephew and only had just a few hours to fish.

Yes it's not a Steelhead from British Columbia or a Coastal Brook Trout. But boy they pull just as hard and is a riot. I hope everyone had a great weekend. And I would like to say thanks to all of veterans out there. Its because of you I can blog and speak freely and more importantly GO FISH. So we all need to say thanks for all you have done and remember our current men and women over seas serving.

I just got back from a fishing trip for Giant Northern Pike. Stay tuned for that trip it was a good one. I had not been to this camp in 14 years, boy was it a blast. So remember if you don't have allot time or money. Head on down to your local river and embrace the Golden Freight Train. You will be glad you did and don't forget the CORN..

I leave you with this today on Farming and from a WAR HERO:

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're thousands of miles from a corn field.
Dwight D. Eisenhower