Well folks the run has started. Before yesterday's blowout myself and Steve Brugger walked a five mile stretch of lower Elk Creek, and found a few decent concentrations of fish. Moving fish were also in the broken water between the holes. Overall, the fish this year appear to be larger on average than last year. During this early stage of the run it is crucial to remember that chrome fish are nearly invisible to all but the most seasoned eyeballs. Do not assume that there are no fish in the creeks! Steve and I saw maybe ten percent of the fish that we fished to.
Submitted by coloradoguide on Mon, 12/07/2015 - 21:15
Well folks, little has changed with the lack of any discernable precipitation. Prior runs have moved into their upstream comfort zones, and all but a few fish are above the campground here at Folly's End. The unseasonably warm temperatures that have dominated the entire fall are expected to continue through the month. This appears to be the mild winter that we have not seen in years. With very little precipitation so far, and most likely little increase on the way, all eyes are on the bigger waters.
Submitted by coloradoguide on Mon, 11/23/2015 - 08:43
Low water has dominated the Fall 2015 season. By my count, there have only been four high water events since the fish first ran in the middle of October. None of the rains that have fallen have resulted in real, significant blowouts. The giant rain event that serves to pull fish from the far reaches of the lake has simply not happened. This represents the driest fall that I have ever encountered.
Submitted by coloradoguide on Wed, 10/28/2015 - 16:22
Well folks, the fish are here. Good numbers of fish are in the system, all the way up. Before today's rain, most of the fish were in the middle river on Elk. Decent numbers were still in the lower areas, and a few had run up into McKean. Numbers were fair, with fish active and moving despite low water conditions during low light hours. Concentrations of fish in deep pools were catchable with downsized flies and light presentations (for more on this see my article, "Low Water Tactics" in the blog section).
Submitted by coloradoguide on Thu, 10/01/2015 - 06:24
Off to a slow start over here, as high temps and no rain has dominated the early Fall. Thanks to the awesome versatility of Michigan's fisheries, we are still catching summer run Skamania Steelhead and giant resident browns on a daily basis. With no "egg hatch" present, fortitude and fishing hard and deep are required. At any moment the mother load of kings and cohos will arrive, which makes for some of the best fishing of the year. Fresh run, or biter salmon, are incredible targets and we are eager for their arrival. We'll let you know when they show up.
Submitted by coloradoguide on Sat, 09/05/2015 - 07:52
Fall is starting to swing into the Valley, with the nicest weather of the year in full effect. The Aspen trees in the high country are already starting to turn, and hunting season is approaching. Our first frost is just around the corner, and snow won't be far behind.
Submitted by coloradoguide on Sat, 08/29/2015 - 08:35
Hey guys this thread is where you can show off your bass and musky creations. Hopefully we can get some posts from expert warmwater bug guys like Captain Jim Sharpe, Paul Krott, Eric Peterson, Blake Doctor, Jim Simonelli and countless others. Upload some pictures of your better ties...
Submitted by coloradoguide on Sat, 08/29/2015 - 07:55
Well guys, the site is live, and ready for posts. Fishing reports from me and my guides will be posted in the blog section of steelheadjones.com, but any user reports should come under this thread. I doubt any fish have showed up yet, but as soon as they do write about what you see here. Thanks.
Submitted by coloradoguide on Tue, 08/25/2015 - 18:14
My two sons and I fished with Matt and Kevin for steelhead last November in the Erie area. We are from Oklahoma and had never fished for steelhead before. The areas that we fished were beautiful and we were constantly catching large steelhead! This was a trip that we will never forget and I would recommend it to anyone!!!
Submitted by Tech Support on Thu, 07/30/2015 - 09:51
Based on the recommendation of Brian Shelton, we just spent two amazing days fishing with Matt and wanted to let you guys know about the success of our two trips. On our first day out, in some of the worst conditions of the year - Matt's second cast we caught what appeared to be one of the only fish caught that day in a crowded field of anglers near the reservoir.