Monday, March 23, 2009

Fishing Report - 3-23-09

Spring is here and the steelhead run is just around the corner...literally!

We will be posting weekly reports on General fishing conditions up the shore throughout the spring run. We also encourage all of our readers to either post or email us your reports. You will see at the bottom of each post there is a "comments" link. Simply click here to add your additional information to the current post. You can also email us any fishing reports or pertinent info and we will be glad to post it here on our blog.

As of today the rivers still have ice. The heavy rains are making conditions a bit nasty with water flowing over the ice. We are thinking that the conditions should improve some time next week, unless more rain is to come.

Tight lines to all this spring!

Healthy Rivers: A Water Course

Healthy Rivers: A Water Course is a captivating online (new!) or CD-ROM program to understand the ecology, management, and stewardship of river and stream systems.

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The Healthy Rivers program explains natural structure and function of river systems using a five-component framework of flow, shape, connections, quality, and life. Six case studies examine the history of river use and provide a basis for a future vision of water resource management. A section explores the true value of river system goods and services, which leads to inspiring examples of local leaders and practical, action-oriented ideas for next steps that each of us can take toward healthier water resources.

Online course, click here.

info provided by MNDNR

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Good Shades are a must

Do not leave home without them!

Each year we visit this issue and by now we hope you all understand the basic reasons why proper eye protection with great UV blocking is needed. We won't spend time on that but rather give you some info on new glasses we have been testing - WileyX.

Serious fishing enthusiasts know how crucial it is to protect their gear and themselves from the outside elements — from waterproof/windproof and moisture wicking garments to tackle and gear covers, savvy anglers utilize every opportunity for protection against extreme conditions. Wiley X, Inc.®, a leading provider of protective eyewear for American combat troops in action around the world, knows a thing or two about protection in rugged conditions — hence the introduction of the newest addition to its extremely popular Climate Control Series™ line of eyewear, the Wiley X Jake™ with Polarized Emerald Mirror lenses and Gloss Black frame.

Like every piece of eyewear in the Wiley X Climate Control Series, the lightweight and comfortable Wiley X Jake features patented, removable, durable vented foam gaskets that lock securely into lightweight ANSI-certified frames — far exceeding ANSI Z87.1 and ANSI Z80.3 safety and optical standards. The resulting Facial Cavity Seal™ effectively creates a climatically controlled insulate that protects the wearer’s eyes from elements such as wind, debris, and precipitation — providing superior, full field of view vision while wadding in your hot fishing spot waiting for that crucial hook-up.

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Check out WileyX for more info.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Signs of Spring

North Shore Steelheaders-

If you live in the Northland, you probably think I'm nuts given some parts of the Shore just got upwards of 14" of new snow and it is about minus 2 out; but there are signs that steelheading is just around the corner.

Near my home, the Chickadees and Cardinals are beginning to sing their spring songs on warmer mornings, and tom turkeys are beginning to show more than a passing interest in hens.

The big one for me though is that just before we got hit with this latest round of snow, some of the streams on the South Shore were beginning to show signs of the daily freeze-thaw cycle that starts the process of opening up the rivers; and the North Shore won't be too far behind. I won't rehash old posts, but you'll get the idea by clicking Here

Historically, steelhead runs have begun on Lower Shore streams by just under a month from now! If you haven't started already, time to start going over the gear, patching holes in the waders, replacing old line and tying up spawn or a few hundred of those favorite flies you're sure to loose on rocks, in trees, in your earlobes if you're like me, and hopefully on feisty steelhead by the time the Spring Season winds down.

So get going, you only have a couple weeks left before that magic time of year is upon you.