Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Fall Salmon Clinic

Our fall pink salmon / reading water 101 clinic is on the calendar for Saturday, September 24th 10:00am.

So here is the scoop.

Our clinic, for fly fishing and drift fishing, will be conducted streamside rain or shine on a specified North Shore River this month, oh and it's FREE. All participants will need to provide their own transportation to the river and all the necessary gear and flies. We will provide a basic needs list to those who are interested as well. if you think this would be a cool deal, “sign up” via our CONTACT page on our website. Note, we are limiting this event to a small number so sign up early to reserve your spot.

The clinic will focus on the North shore pink salmon, including a brief history, life cycle, fly presentation and a few techniques to effectively hook into these fish. Most of the time will be spent trying to locate and catch these buggers. We will also include some basic water reading concepts to help beginners understand what to look for when searching for steelhead next spring.

All participants must be in good health and able to hike the trails and rocks of the North Shore. Don’t fret, we will NOT be hiking trails like the one pictured here. Our staffer, TU was a bit ambitious this afternoon. We will provide directions and more details to each who sign up.

To sign up please EMAIL US your Full name and contact phone number. Click the link provided or visit our website. Since this is our first go at this kind of streamside clinic we have no real idea on the amount of interest in this event. We just think this would be a good opportunity for beginners and veterans to learn a bit streamside while hanging out with like minded anglers.

RSVP no later than 9-10-11.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Videos....finally online.

We finally have some video footage from our appearance on Cook what you catch and KHO.  You can find these and a few others on our website... check out the video link.  We will be posting more in time and encourage any of you to send us your videos!

Information on sending video footage can also be found on our website... we hope you enjoy.

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Wake Up Sleepy!

Psst.... PSSSSST! Hey, wake up you! Shake off the sleep, brush the dust off the equipment and grab the bug dope because the band is back on stage and the annual dance continues.

These fellers on the left have been quietly making their way back upstream over on the other side of the Nemadji if you care to go look for them. Things haven't been quite so predictable with the rain coming in fits and starts the last part of July, but the rain on the 2nd....

Either way it's just the first wave of the conductor's baton; the next movement will be coho's along with the odd chinook, pinks, coasters and then steelhead. Whatever your game, it's an exciting time of year, even if you're trying not to melt in the heat and not thinking about fishing. But hey, that's why we're here- To give you a little poke now and then!

As for other news- The Fall Sucker River clean-up date has not been set, but we kicked around the idea of a combined Pink Salmon/Clean-up weekend. If you might be up for that just drop us a line. You don't have to commit now just a quick, "Yeah, that might be cool" or "Sorry Charlie" E-Mail would help us to gauge interest.

One item to consider: The pinks start just about the time that bird hunting and bow-hunting get going. You may already have plans, but there is a fair amount of public land up in the sawtooth and last year saw high grouse numbers taken. We'll be on the downswing of the cycle likely, but it still should be good. Pinks in the a.m. and grilled grouse for supper sounds good to me. Might even run into a sprucie or two. (Hey with this nutty "Hair Hackle" craze, I'll take all the feathers I can get!)


08.07.11 Note: I just went back and reviewed the ruffed grouse numbers. Drumming counts were actually UP this spring and DNR states that the peak "Will likely continue". So I was incorrect but hey, just means even more available grouse and possibly a strong odd-year pink run to boot. I wish I was wrong like that more often!