Monday, May 23, 2011
Strippin' in the Rain
Rob and I have been planning a trip on the bikes up to Michigan to chase some brown trout all winter. Friday we jumped on the bikes and made the 350 mile journey to Newaygo, MI to enjoy some time on the Muskegon river.
We arrived in Newaygo Friday evening for a retreat at Logan's Run. Logan's Run is a nice cottage right on the Muskegon about 12 miles below the Croton Dam, or smack in the middle of prime brown trout water as I like to think of it.
Feenstra Guide Service late Saturday morning. Matt's reputation as a guide on the Muskegon precedes him, which is why we wanted to spend the day on the river in his boat. We put in at the Croton dam and ultimately drifted about 13 miles.
As Matt repositioned the boat, and Rob found a small brown trout as well. Rob made another couple of swings and SMACK...something large about pulled Rob out of the boat. He had hooked into a drop-back steelhead.
We landed several more small trout below the dam and then Matt pulled the anchor and we began our 13 mile trek down the mighty Muskegon.
Matt dropped us off at the cottage dock at dusk and our day of fishing was complete. We toasted the day with a nice ale from Bell's Brewery and a Rocky Patel Sungrown. Sand filled both of our eyes shortly thereafter.
We had a great time in Michigan fishing with Matt. Rob and I put in over 750 miles on the bikes and had a great day on the water. Those memories will be burned into our memories forever!
But wait, I took off Monday...and I'm home on Sunday. What's a guy to do? There were showers forecasted for Monday morning. That only left me with one option...strippin' in the rain at Clear Fork for big brownies.
When I finished sulking, I moved on down stream to another favorite section. The rain continued and the water was nicely stained. I began casting and stripping again. I kid you not, I must have rolled 10 fish before the next big BANG. Again, the brownie rocketed out of the water with the sculpin in his mouth. And again, it was a 20"+ brown trout. Second verse, same as the first. How on earth could I be rolling so many brownies and had 2 hook-ups with nothing to show for it?
So yea, try strippin' in the rain!