Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Snap out of it!

Well, as you can tell from the lack of activity around here, the post-Wyoming fishing funk set in again this year.  After another amazing trip west I get back home and fishing falls by the wayside for a bit.  I would like to say that it is because I am too busy with work, hanging out with my lovely and amazing wife, half marathon training, or catching up on the fly orders that piled up.  While those things have happened that is not it…I got me a bad case of fish funk and it is time to snap the FUggetabouit out of it.  The truth is that I have had plenty of opportunities to get out and only made the time for a precious few.  I need to switch my brain back to my reality and get back to enjoying the wonderful fishing opportunities that I have either just out my back door or within a few hours drive!  

We are now coming up on my favorite time of year, with football and the changing colors of fall right around the corner.  Smallies and browns about to get on their fall feed, carp slurping away, salmon and Esox smashing big streamers, swinging flies for chrome rockets…you better check your pulse if that does not get you excited!  I have some water time coming up over the next few months and should get some great shots to share and the stories to go with them.

In lieu on fishing shots here are a few pictures from the last few days that I popped over to Instagram under @anglerschoiceflies.

I saw a picture of a fly wallet that Scott Hunter at Vedavoo had done a few weeks ago for another friend and decided that I needed to add one to my arsenal of fly boxes.  I touched base with Scott and told him what I was looking for then, a few days later, this beauty showed up on my doorstep.  Amazing craftsmanship as usual and the fly wallet is exactly what I was looking for to have a few go to flies at the ready in my wader pocket.  If you are not already up on the Vedavoo gear head over to their website and check them out.  Functional, bombproof, made in the USA, and Scott is a hell of a good dude.

This was another streamer order finished up last night and off to northern Michigan this morning.  They will be deployed in the hunt for aggressive Salmon, in the lower rivers or out in the open lake, along with Lake Trout and lake run Browns.  The colors of choice are the Firetiger, Chartreuse over White, and Glow.

Hit the Glow with a headlamp, or even better one of the many UV lights on the market, and they light up and hold that charge for a few minutes.  Feels like you are casting a tracer fly in the dark!   It performs very well in the dark of the night as expected, but in low light conditions (dusk or cloudy day) it gives the fly a little extra pop and draws aggressive fish in for a taste.

The cold evenings are signalling the impending change of seasons.  Time to get out and take advantage of it!

-mike schmidt