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Fly Fishing Michigan Rivers in Michigan

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Fly Fishing Michigan Rivers is a fly fishing business in Baldwin, Michigan. Please view the pinpointed location for Fly Fishing Michigan Rivers on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps). We offer guided fly fishing trips on the Pere Marquette, Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead, and Trout. Full Day Trips $400. Half Day $300 More info at:
Business type: Guide Service
Business name: Fly Fishing Michigan Rivers
Address: 14883 Old Millpond
City: Baldwin
State: Michigan
 

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Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Put your next trip to good use! /itm/Guided-Fly-Fishing-Trip-in-Northern-Michigan-/181875265223?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT (09/24/15)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Fall is knocking on the door up here.  Some of the greens are starting to turn their pretty reds and oranges.  More and more Kings are showing up throughout the river system.  More and more anglers are showing up as well.  All true signs that Fall is very near.  
Although the calendar says that September starts next week, the weather is giving us a bonus week of summer with temps well into the 80's.  That will help continue the night time activity for the browns on mice.  Mousing can still be done the next couple of weeks.  The mousing is still a great way to get a big trout.  Some areas are a little tougher than others due to the increasing popularity of using this method.  The daytime fishing has been pretty decent lately with a wide variety of options to throw.  The classic terrestrials all will work.  Add a nymph as a dropper and you are ready to go.  If nymphing is your game, the low clear water will put you to the test.  If you pass, you can catch a lot of great fish using this method.  Small hares ears, princes, pheasant tails, zug bugs, and anything with a bead head should all produce.  If you are lucky enough to stumble upon a Salmon gravel, eggs are sure way to find some eager feeders.  
If the Salmon are more your thing, well they are starting to show.  Thundersticks  or big streamers in the early morning down river will work for a few hookups.  The deeper holes will be the ticket for chuck n duckers as long as the water stays low.  The fish that are in already are of pretty good size.  You can expect to see more fish trickle in and even bigger numbers any time we get a decent rain.





The Smallmouth fishing is still in full swing.  We have had some success with streamers of all kinds on the upper Muskegon the last couple of weeks.  For those that tire too quickly with the fly rod, we have found a couple on spinners and rapalas as well.  Nymphing, once again, another good way to target both trout and bass on this river.  For the most part, streamer ripping is where it's at.  Spin fishing trips for Bass are still available for the rest of August.  

 I have quite a few dates open the second half of September(usually peak salmon time).  If you still need a boat, or two, shoot me and email or give me a call and leave a message about the dates you have in mind and we will see what we can do.  Half Day Salmon trips (about 3 hrs fishing) will be offered this year.  I will also be offering trout trips during Salmon season for $300.  There are plenty of fish to be caught on the egg!   
Salmon Trips $350
Thunderstick Salmon (5-6hrs) $275
Full Day Trout Trips $300
Bass Trips/Half Day Trout or Salmon $250
231-679-1987
nick@flyfishingmichiganrivers.com
Tight Lines (08/29/10)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Well the dog days of summer have somehow snuck up on us already. The summer, though still in full swing on the thermometer, is indeed on the downswing on the calendar. It won't be long before the rivers start to fill up with both salmon and anglers! A few of the Kings have taken an early swim up most of the rivers already. Nothing really in fishable numbers, but just a few to remind the trout angler those days are near. Thunderstick trips can be done as early as the next couple of weeks. Any time after the coming full moon, more and more fish will be heading out of the lake. Reports of some nice sized fish have been caught from the lake. It should be another good year for the Kings. The trout fishing is still there. Mousing has been great. With all the daytime heat, activity, and low clear water, night time fishing is still where it's at. We have been moving some very good sized toads this summer with the mouse. The new moon is going on tonight, making it for ideal mousing conditions. For those that are not used to the casting after dark, using the moon can help with your confidence. Fishing still can be productive when it is bright out. Mousing should continue strong as it usually does in August. Come on up and give it a try before you run out of summer. Half day and full day mousin missions can be done on the PM or Manistee. I still have some open nights left, including a couple weekend nights. Give me a call if you want to try this unique experience. If you don't roll a fish, your trip is free! It really is that easy!! Daytime fishing is there, just requires a little work at times! The terrestrials have all been working per usual in August. Some days the fish have you trying a few patterns before you find the right one. Some decent fish have coming out during the day to take one on top. For the most part, nymphing is still the best overall chance to produce a fish during the day and the clear water. Light and long tippets with the right sized nymph can show some BIG results. The Smallmouth fishing is still in full swing. We have had some success with streamers of all kinds on the upper Muskegon the last couple of weeks. For those that tire too quickly with the fly rod, we have found a couple on spinners and rapalas as well. Nymphing, once again, another good way to target both trout and bass on this river. For the most part, streamer ripping is where it's at. Spin fishing trips for Bass are still available for the rest of August. For the Fall enthusiasts, King action is fast approaching. I will be offering Thunderstick trips as early as August. I will also be using the fly rods for those that like the hookups. I still have plenty of open dates sprinkled throughout September and October. I will be fishing the PM, White, and Muskegon Rivers as the fall season gets going. Don't wait too long to book, as open dates are starting to slide away for most of the guides in the area. There are always some kind of fish somewhere in the river, so don't worry about too much about the dates. Weekdays are always less busy up here too! And for those that can't wait, there have been a few fish around. The Kings will continue to slowly push their way into all of our streams as we get closer to September. I will also be offering trout trips during Salmon season for $300. There are plenty of fish to be caught on the egg! 231-679-1987 nick@flyfishingmichiganrivers.com Tight Lines, Nick (08/09/10)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Trout Fishing is in full swing. Daytime action has been pretty good with the nymphs and some hoppers in there as well. With the little rain we have been getting, streamer and spinner fishing have been good during the day too. Night time fishing is still off the charts.Mousing has been going for a while and more and more have been out giving it a try. Mousing will be good this next week too with the new moon. The Browns have been ranging from 12 inches up to 26 inches so far on the mouse this year. Plenty of fish in the mid to upper teen area. If you are afraid of wading in the dark, get a guide to do the work for you with the boat. Mousing is not as hard as it seems. You need to just get out and try it if you haven't. For all the dry fly enthusiasts, now is the time to be fishing. The best of the best of the bugs are going and in full swing in some areas.Yes, you know about those big mayflies I am talking about. This month is the time to try and draw out some of the biggest browns to be caught on the dry. Fishing should be good the rest of the month, and the pressure will increase as we go. There has been nobody out there so far, but I am sure that will change by the end of next week! The hex can be tackled by foot or by boat. Glow in the dark lines help out with the confidence of your cast as well. I still have plenty of dates open for the hex, but they are filling. Please check ahead if you are thinking of a date and we will see what we can do. This year will be great for the hex, which is great news considering the last couple summers have been a lop. The Hex is another must try if you love fly fishing. Give me a call or send an email to book your trip. Bass fishing is also picking up. I will be fishing the PM, Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers through out the summer.  If you have a particular river or technique to try, let me know and we can put something together for you.  Don't be afraid of the dark, come on up and experience some of the great night time "bank chatter" and catch some trout! 231-679-1987nick@flyfishingmichiganrivers.comTight Lines,Nick (06/05/10)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: The Fishing Report (Updated 5-21-10) It sure is starting to feel like summer around here, and everything is heating up! Fishing is pretty good in just about all directions right now. Daytime activity has been there with some nice fish coming to hand on the nymphs. The grasshoppers are becoming more and more abundant on the banks, offering a great opportunity for some "hopper dropper" fishing. There has been some good daytime hatches as well, including some Hendricksons, Caddis, and some Stones. In the evenings look to use Sulphurs, Yellow Sallies, and some Gray Drakes. The Drakes are just getting under way and should really be banging next week. After the hatch action, and the lights go out, and everyone goes home, the mousing action has been fantastic! Mousing at night has been producing some big numbers on the inch count already and should continue to get hotter as the hotter weather gets here next week. The last couple of nights have been pretty good while out fishing with buddies, Brad and Tommy. Several nice fish in the mid to upper teens have been the norm, while we have turned a few bigger! The big dogs will be out on full prowl next week while they look for food at night, escaping the heat of the day. Mousing action will be there through September, but the first couple of weeks are always fun while most of the fish have not seen a mouse since last summer! With next weeks heat, the big bugs will soon follow. Hex season is virtually upon us and the opportunity for a Giant Brown on a dry fly will be at its greatest. They will be starting earlier this year. I still have plenty of dates in June to take advantage of the hatch, but they are starting to fill. There are too many ways to target some good trout fishing right now. Give me a call or send an email to book your trip. Bass fishing is also picking up. I will be fishing the PM, Manistee, and Muskegon Rivers through out the summer. If you have a particular river or technique to try, let me know and we can put something together for you. Don't be afraid of the dark, come on up and experience some of the great night time "bank chatter" and catch some trout! 231-679-1987 nick@flyfishingmichiganrivers.com Tight Lines, Nick (05/21/10)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The Fishing Report
(Updated 11-11-09)

El Nino is a beautiful thing when it comes to the Fall run of Steelhead here in Western Michigan. It has been
absolutely gorgeous outside the last few days, better than most of last month. We have hit the 60's a couple
times and water temps have been in the upper 40's and 50's by afternoon. The fishing has been just as good if
not better and with the water temps being warm, the steelhead are all juiced up. Every river on the west side
has it's fair share of fish in. Eggs, eggs, and more eggs are still the diet of choice out there. Chartreuse,
grapefruit, burnt orange, oregon cheese, and mixture of oranges and pale colors have been the colors of choice.

The fish have been producing some great acrobatic battles. Up , down, around, down, up, back down, and if
you're lucky, in the net! It is fun fighting these fish, and well worth the effort. The fish have been ranging
from the little skippers on up to the mid teen, with the average around 8-9lbs. I have seen some big fish out
there and you never do know what might be tugging that bobber down. A few trout have been coming to hand as
well. With most of the spawning activity ending, look for a few more browns to join the buffet line. Pulling
streamers will work with the water temps staying warm. I have heard of some success on the upper Manistee
with the streamer bite. As far as streamers for steelies, swinging has been producing for a few people.

The fishing pressure is light (minus a tourney last weekend) and should be non-existent with this next weekend
being the "gun" opener for the deer. I myself plan on being on the water as much as I can. I have been like a
kid in a candy store the last few days, waking up wondering what river to drive to each day. The fishing will
slow with clearing water, but there are plenty of fish to get into at least a couple. The weather is supposed to
be in the upper 40's or better for the next 10 days. Looks like we will get a little shot of water next week too.
This should only help bring even more fish into the systems. It is safe to say that fishing will be good well
into December. Keep in mind too that the more fish we see now, the less we should see next spring. All the
fish we have will be the early spawners next spring. More the reason to get out and do battle with them now
while they are fresh. Please help keep our fishery "there" and practice catch and release. The fishing is much
better when you catch one and put it back, and who knows maybe catch that same one a couple weeks later.
This doesn't happen when they end up going home with you. If you have to keep something, take what you
NEED, and nothing more. It only helps. Thanks and enjoy the great weather out there!

Give me a shout if you looking for an up to date report or thinking about booking a trip. I have more than
enough open dates now and shouldn't have trouble if you want a last minute get away. Take care and watch
out for the deer on the way up!


Tight Lines,
Nick
(11/11/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Trick or Treat??? Plenty of treats in the river if you are a fan of fall Chrome. There are plenty of tricks
awaiting the angler in there too this fall! By tricks, I mean some large Steelhead have been showing up this
year. There have been several large fish spotted and or hooked up in the last couple of weeks. The possibility
of a 15lb fish or better is there, but make sure to bring your game face as these fish are hot!! Steelhead have
been entering the system the last couple of weeks and should continue to get better as the Fall continues. Fish
are scattered up and down the system with most of your better numbers still in the lower river. These fish can
be found in their usual hideouts, most of them hanging out around the bait piles of Kings that are still doing
their business out there. Eggs, eggs, and more eggs is the diet of choice out there. Chartreuse, grapefruit,
burnt orange, oregon cheese, and mixture of oranges have been the colors of choice for these biting fish.
The Trout fishing is still there on the egg bite. These guys are gearing up to do some spawning of their own in
the near future. The river is up a little with all the recent rains. This should only help bring a few new fish
into the system. The mixture of the rain and leaves has created a decent stain to the river as well. The White
River is in the same condition. There is a good tanic stain to White even before the rain. There a few Salmon
left in both rivers. There have been a couple Coho spotted in the PM as well. Like I said, eggs are still the
main choice of food out there as there is an abundant supply. Swinging speys for the steelhead should help
produce a bite too.

The days will be getting shorter really quick here at the end of the week. It's that time of the year again to
"fall back." It is still too early to "fall back" in your Lazy Boy though with all the good fishing that is going on
in West Michigan. With most of the pressure off the river and into the woods, there are more and more fish for
You to catch! Get out there before the nasty weather comes and gives you another excuse to miss out on a
good trip. The Chrome are here and will only get better the next 2 months as they will be busy feeding to help
them gear up for their winter hold over. Prices are right, the fishing is good, and you are running out of time
waiting for the good weather to get here. If you are looking for a boat, a net man, or a camera man, give me a
shout and we will get you on some fish and make it worth the trip. Our first white back drop will be here in the
next 3 weeks! Makes for good pictures, but its no fun to shovel! I can't believe its that time again!
Tight Lines,
Nick (10/26/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Boy, October is here already and the fishing is starting to show it! The King Fishing on the PM is drawing near
the end. There are still quite a few fish around some new, most old, spread up and down the river. Most of
your fish are around the gravels busy at getting things done. This makes for the best buffet lines any trout or
steelie can ever ask for. With all the salmon dumping their eggs, the bite behind party is where it is at! We
have caught several nice browns the last couple of weeks with a mix of a couple of summer runs and fall chrome
in the mix as well. Yes it's back to steelhead program this month as more and more of the hot chromers move
into the system. Like every other fish coming in from the Big Lake this year, these steelies will be big as well,
shaping up this fall to be a fun one for Chrome lovers.

The Trout fishing should remain steady for the next few weeks as they will be busy eating eggs before they too
begin their dance of love. Proper sized egg flies presented behind the gravels should produce. It never hurts to
have a good mend or two for covering greater distances too when in search of the steelhead. It's a great time
to be on the river right now with all the colors and great fishing that can be had. Get out and enjoy the fall before that nasty 4 letter word sneaks up on us. Best colors for the biters are the
Grapefruit, Chartreuse, Oregon Cheese, and Orange mixes. There have been fish caught on just about every
color of egg it seems. Eggs, Eggs, and more Eggs will be on the menu for a while where the Salmon are
present. Streamers will still work with the stained water as well as the trout are putting on the calories before
their spawning.
Tight Lines, Nick (10/09/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Just a quick update on what has been going on up here on the PM. The recent rains have brought in another
solid push of fish the last couple of days. The Kings can be found throughout the whole system right now. You
can find them on gravel and in the holes. Trout fishing should continue to be good with all the eggs tumbling
around as well. There are a couple of steelhead poking around here and there as well. The fishing pressure is
there per usual this time of year, but not quite so bad. There are plenty of fish to go around and should only
get better the next week or two. Look for this to be the start of the "peak" season heading into this weekend.

I have been cancelled the next 3 days (24, 25, 26th) if anyone wants a last minute trip, give me a shout as I am
open. Still have October dates open (1,4,5,7th) as well as some openings for this fall steelhead fishing. We
should have a good run this fall with some much bigger fish being caught in the Big Lake this year. Shoot me a
call or an email if you are thinking about a date. Be kind to both the river and your fellow anglers, and enjoy
your fishing!


Tight Lines,

Nick (09/23/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Well, September is already upon us and that only means one thing in Northern Michigan, Salmon Season is here.
There are some decent numbers in all the northern Michigan river systems as of now. They should have
received another shot of fish over this past weekend with North West winds and temps that felt more like from
mid October, with highs only in the 50's and lake effect rain showers to boot. There have been many fish
spread up and down the PM and the pressure has quickly risen over the last week. Sizes have been on the
larger side of things this year and the possibility of a 20+lb King is right up there this year.

I have spent the past week in the lower end using Thundersticks with pretty good success. Action has been
pretty steady and should continue for the next couple of weeks. Throwing spin gear for Kings doesn't produce
"high" numbers as much, but watching and fighting a Fresh King that slams your bait is worth its price of
admission. We have been catching some decent Northern Pike in the mix down there as well. Plugs are another
way of producing a bite too. And for those that don't mind casting your arm off with a fly rod, catching a King
Salmon on a streamer is one wild experience.

The Kings can be chased with fly gear in the holes right now too. There have been some impressive numbers
in some of the usual holes in the middle and lower sections. Traffic has been up with those numbers too. If you
keep your patience holes will be open and good numbers can be hooked with the fly rod. It is tough to land
them all as they are all still full of spunk and all charged up to break you off in the next wood jam down river.
It is a lot of fun and a great challenge fighting these giants in the river.
The night time brown fishing is still there. This won't be the case for too much longer in the PM with all the
Kings that are in the system. The mousing program is still going strong on the upper Manistee. If you still
have the urge like me to try for one more giant Brown Trout before the official end of summer, give me a
shout. Still have some open days (and nights) the first 2 weeks of September. Trout will soon switch to the
egg program real soon in the PM. As soon as the Kings start their business on the gravel, eggs will be all over
the river once again and the Trout love them! Steelhead also love them. There are a couple Steelies in the
river now but it won't be long (less than 2 months already) before we can start chasing the Fall Chrome around
all over again. It seems like I just put the Steelhead stick away, where has the summer gone?! Don't delay to
book your Fall Steelhead Trip. Have plenty of openings the second half of October and throughout November.
It won't be long at all this Fall before we start to see some fishable numbers. Call me for an update if you are
considering a trip.































Tight Lines,
Nick nick@flyfishingmichiganrivers.com
oreo_1_nick@yahoo.com
(08/30/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The Fishing Report
(Updated 8-17-09)


Fishing has been pretty good on the PM. Daytime hopper fishing is there with some bigger hoppers buzzing
about. Chernobyl Ants, Beetles, and Grasshoppers have been the staple for the daylight hours. Waking some
large hopper patterns in the wee hours of the warmer mornings may prove to be productive too. Running a
nymph under a hopper gives you the opportunity for a fish both above and below the surface. Copper Johns,
Princes, and just about anything with a bead head have been working well. Work the banks and structure when
fishing with terrestrials. You never know what you may draw out of the wood to take bite!

The best opportunity at catching a large Brown this time of the year is definitely when the lights are out. The
night time Mousing has been still fishing well. Waking just about anything from a super Chernobyl to a gym
sock will get these fish to at least look if not take a swing at your fly. There is nothing like being out on the
water "after hours" if you will. The sights, sounds, and solitude is second to none this time of the year out
there in the dark. This past week there were plenty of meteors streaking across the sky to add to the good
fishing. This truly is my favorite time of the year. As I grow older, it seems like every August puts you back
to your youth when the end of summer was near and it was almost time to go back to school. It feels much the
same on the river with the trout "season" winding down, and nearing time to switch to another season. It is this
time of the year where I find myself spending every available night walking around in the dark looking for that
last "giant" of the summer. We have been catching some very nice fish on the mouse. I do have to say nothing
compares to the monster that fellow guide Tommy Lynch wrangled in a couple weeks back. It truly was the
fish of a lifetime and if anything, it helps you to believe that anything is possible. The fish topped 30" in length
and over 10lbs and was caught in the PM!

There have been a few Kings showing up in the lower river as well as upstream. Some are already having luck
in the lower river with Thundersticks. This is a great way to catch a biting King from now through the first
half of September. There are better numbers I have heard on both of the Manistee Rivers which is per usual
this time of the year. I have some open dates still available for early September. The Kings have been running
a little on the "larger" side so far this year and a fresh 20lb King can be a lot of fun on the other end of the
line.

Give me a shout if you are looking for any up to the minute reports or advice on places or flies to try. I have
some open dates left in August. Good time of the year to enjoy some fun in the dark. Mousing can be a
"forgiving" program and a great way to fool a big trout without having a world class cast. If you like relaxing
on a nice summer day, trout fishing terrestrial style might be something to think about. Plenty of little eager
feeders, and sometimes a real nice daytime brown or two is what you can expect fishing terrestrials. The time
is now to get out and catch your last big fish of the summer.
Contact me for details about the end of summer specials.

Tight Lines,
Nick

(08/17/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing:

Trout fishing is still good for the most part on the PM. The recent Sea Lamprey treatment has quite a few fish
taking full advantage of the little "lamprey hatch" that is taking place this week. Streamers worked well today
because of the lamprey kill. Anything that looked like a lamprey squirming around was getting a lot of
attention. Day time terrestrials are still fishing well. This should continue as we head into the month of August
already! Seems fast, but we spent most of our summer waiting for our summer!

Mousing is still the way to go for bring some larger fish to hand more consistantly. This too should continue to
be productive until the Browns get pushed out of the way of the Night Cruising Noid.s This is not far away,
seeing a half dozen of them on todays float. August is still a great time to get out and mouse.





















Just a quick report for now. I am off to the great not so white north for a couple days. Smallmouth trips are
still available through August. Contact me for pricing if you are interested. Still have some dates open for
Kings as well. Thunderstick trips are available in Early September as of now.


Give me a shout if you are looking for any up to the minute reports or advice on places or flies to try. I have
some open dates left in August. Good time of the year to enjoy some fun in the dark. Mousing can be a
"forgiving" program and a great way to fool a big trout without having a world class cast. If you like relaxing
on a nice summer day, trout fishing terrestrial style might be something to think about. Plenty of little eager
feeders, and sometimes a real nice daytime brown or two is what you can expect fishing terrestrials. At any
rate, get out and do some fishing, and enjoy summer before you run out of time!





Tight Lines,

Nick
(07/30/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Well the dog days of summer are fast approaching as we are already into the second half of July! The trout
fishing has been good to great the last few days. The hexes are over for the most part but still can be
productive in few select locations. The day time fishing has been picking up nicely. Hoppers, ants, beetles,
damsels, and other terrestrials have been producing some nice fish. Nymphing has been working as well making
the "hopper and dropper" technique a good way to cover water right now. This is a great way to get out and
enjoy a nice summer day and some good fishing too. Nothing beats taking in some great scenery and sitting
back fishing while floating down the river! It's also a great way to get your child on the river and learn some
fly fishing!

For those that are little on the crazy side and enjoy wandering around in the dark while catching some big
browns, then Mousing is something for you! Even if you are skeptical, you need to try it!! Mousing has been
great now that fish are looking for an easy and big calorie meal. White belly, black, brown and any color
mouse you want to throw at them will do the trick. Best nights to be out are the warm and humid ones. Clouds
are helpful too, not for seeing obviously, but fishing is always better when its darker. A couple fellow guides
and I managed some nice fish the other night totaling 170+ inches. The fish ranged from 16-19 inches, but
rolled some bigger fish as well. Mousing is a great way to put some inches on the board in a hurry. Even if you
are not the greatest caster, mousing can be a productive way to learn. Aim for the banks and away you go.

The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been great on the Muskegon. Day time streamer fishing has been giving up
some nice fish and a couple of trout in the mix too. Whites and Olives have been the best colors with crayfish
patterns working as well. Bass can also be targeted after dark as well with the Mouse. This can be very
exciting with explosive strikes that make you jump out of the boat sometimes when you are not expecting it! I
have some open dates left next week and plenty in August if you want to come up and try a day time or night
time float. Get out and do some trout fishing before its King time already! Yes, there are a couple noid
running around our rivers already.



Give me a shout if you are looking for any up to the minute reports or advice on places or flies to try. I have
plenty of open dates July and August. Good time of the year and enjoy some fun in the dark. Mousing can be a
"forgiving" program and a great way to fool a big trout without having a world class cast. If you like relaxing
on a nice summer day, trout fishing terrestrial style might be something to think about. Plenty of little eager
feeders, and sometimes a real nice daytime brown or two is what you can expect fishing terrestrials. At any
rate, get out and do some fishing, and enjoy summer before you run out of time!


Tight Lines,

Nick
(07/16/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: What a week here weather wise in Northern Michigan. Last week we saw temps as high as 96 degrees.
Needless to say the Hex Hatch on the Pere Marquette River started with a bang. The giant Mayflies were in
full flight and many fish accepted there nightly buffet quickly. I have heard and seen of a few very nice Browns
taken near Walhalla. There have been a few steelhead tossed in the mix as well. The weir is still up and
running holding most of our drop backs from migrating back out to the lake. As soon as the bugs start flowing
down, the steelies seem to move up river again for a great meal. As soon as it the Hatch was in full force, Fall
arrived here for 3 days. We have not been above 60 the last 3 days with showers in the mix! I have not
checked on the bugs for a couple nights and will not look until Friday. There should be some bugs out there
still, but tougher fishing. Look for conditions to be better again by the end of the weekend for sure. Next
week should still provide some good Hex Fishing. There are plenty of big guys out there to catch. Make sure
you get out and give it a go.

Mousing is still fishing well. We finally have cracked the 20" mark this last couple of weeks. Fishing has been
good all night long. Mousing should continue to be productive for the next couple of months yet until the Kings
start to kick them out of the way on their night cruises. Yes it won't be long before the Kings start showing
themselves. With the recent weather I am sure you can find a few to play with in a certain smaller river in
Northern Michigan this weekend. But lets not talk about Kings while we still have plenty of opportunities to
catch trout! The day time terrestrials have been picking up. I have heard of a few nice fish taken during the
day. Hoppers, damsels, ants, beetles, all have been working well. Smallmouth fishing has also been fishing
well. Catching some of the Bronze giants can be fun on a fly rod. Give me a shout if you are looking for any
up to the minute reports or advice on places or flies to try. I have plenty of open dates July and August. Good
time of the year and enjoy some fun in the dark. Mousing can be a "forgiving" program and a great way to fool
a big trout without having a world class cast. If you like relaxing on a nice summer day, trout fishing terrestrial
style might be something to think about. Plenty of little eager feeders, and sometimes a real nice daytime
brown or two is what you can expect fishing terrestrials. At any rate, get out and do some fishing, and enjoy
summer before you run out of time! Everyone have a safe and happy 4th of July!
Tight Lines,
Nick (07/02/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: Streamer fishing has been good to tough depending on the day. Cloudy days are always the best days for
fishing. Black, yellow, white/olive have all been working for streamer colors. River levels are up a bit, but look
for them to come down this next week. Looks like we are going to get a taste of summer this week too with
temps near 80 a couple of days and at least some near normal highs after that. Look for the evening hatch
activity to pick up with the warmer temps. It won't be too long before we get the drakes going. The Hex
Hatch will be here in less than a month. I still have some open dates in June. If you are interested in a
particular night, let me know.


Tight Lines,


Nick
(05/18/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing:
Spring has Sprung, and maybe for good now! We had a refreshing taste of beautiful weather this past week.
With that said water temps have been reaching into the 40's and for the most part holding. I am sure after the
cold day we are having today, temps should step back a notch. We melted a lot of the white stuff up here, but
there are still some shady spots with plenty of snow to go! There have been a couple spots where the gravels
have been dusted already and there should be more activity soon. Fishing spots will start to change from the
deeper, slower pools to the faster trenches in and around the gravels. Remember your "biters" will be hanging
out in the back of the pack of any gravel activity you may see. Look for a few trout to join in on your success
as well with many of them trying to cash in on their much awaited protein-packed egg buffet.

All the rivers have fish in them and are fishing well. Pressure has definitely increased last week and may have
made the fishing a little slower. I have heard of plenty good reports with a few bad mixed in too. The White
has been fishing well this year. The PM has fish spread all through-out the river. The bulk of these fish and
anglers are in the Flies Only section. What a Zoo it has been up there for March. The fishing has been hit or
miss with all of the traffic. If you get the right spots at the right times, fishing can be still be good. Its not
that the fish aren't there, its just they have seen a dozen boats and or anglers, pushing the fish into undesired
fishing spots! The same can be said for the White. Pressure is up there too. It was nice to see everyone out
enjoying the weather. I mean everyone. I watched a parking lot fill and empty itself a handful of times
throughout the day! No harm as the fishing was still there if you knew where to look. The hole fishing is still
producing with a few fish on gravel, but being chased off just as quickly! Expand your search to areas around
the gravels as well. Until I see otherwise, eggs, eggs, and more eggs, have been working. The big colors last
week were again the grapefruit and chartreuse. Lots of larger stones have been popping right and left. The
nymphs are also a good try. Stones, wiggle hexes, and pheasant tails are the popular choices.

I have a couple of dates left in March if anyone wants to book a trip. I also have a some days left in April.
Don't forget to book you trout streamer trip as well. Streamer action is officially on. Just about any color has
been working. Now is THE BEST TIME to find the Slobs before they wise up! Book your trips now. April and
early May are the best times to throw your arms out! Email me for Streamer Trip Prices. Check out the trout
fishing specials on the Contact or the Rates and Info pages. These deals are good for the entire
spring/summer. It can be a great way to see some different rivers and catch a lot of trout! Streamers, dries,
nymphing, and tossing some hairballs around after dark all can be covered. Keep hoping for warmer weather.
It won't be long and we will be chasing trout and looking for mushrooms! Until then, get out there and fish.
Good luck and good fishing !
Tight Lines,



Nick
231-679-1987
nick@flyfishingmichiganrivers.com
oreo_1_nick@yahoo.com
(03/19/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Fishing has been good over the weekend. Water temps are in the lower 40's and should continue to improve the next couple of days. The PM and White were both busy with anglers but both productive. Some fish have been on the gravels as well. This week should be a great time to get out.
Tight Lines
Nick (03/16/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing:
Spring has Sprung, well for a few days here and there anyway! There is a little of the white stuff on the
ground this morning as we had yet another taste of winter for a couple days . We did have some warm temps
and plenty of rain last weekend that brought all of the rivers up for the week. All good news though as the high
water has brought the pressure down this week and should bring up the appetites of the fish that have been
burning lots of energy hanging out in that current. This weekend and next week is shaping up to be a good, if
not great one for fishing. Temps are forcasted in the mid 40's and then some for the next 6 days at least.
The only bad thing is there might be some sun out there, but it is hard to complain with the winter we have
had!
You can expect some changes this week as the river temps should be on their way back up. There have
been a couple spots where the gravels have been dusted already and there should be more activity soon.
Fishing spots will start to change from the deeper, slower pools to the faster trenches in and around the
gravels. Remember your "biters" will be hanging out in the back of the pack of any gravel activity you may
see. Look for a few trout to join in on your success as well with many of them trying to cash in on their much
awaited protein-packed egg buffet.

All the rivers have fish in them and are fishing well. Pressure has definitely increased last week and may have
made the fishing a little slower. I have heard of plenty good reports with a few bad mixed in too. The White
seems to have been rocking up until the high water with most of the fish crashing the dam. The PM has fish
spread all through-out the river. The bulk of these fish and anglers are in the bug water and beyond. Being the
first in a section doesn't increase your odds as much has having the right egg or bug to entice a bite. There
hasn't been a specific magic fly in my opinion with all of them producing at some point. Chartreuse and
grapefruit have worked in the nuke category while chartreuse, cheese, orange, peach, and clowns have all
worked for me in the globug variety. Small black stones and wiggle hexes have still been working as well.
Streamers are working and when the water warms a bit, have been moving a few trout. White is the color of
choice usually early on and fish it slow. You will probably end up with more chasers than takers but it is
something to try. Water temps in the 40's are more conducive for streamers for browns.
Well just wanted to give a quick report with everything going on. With the increase of fish and temperatures,
remember there is plenty of water to fish so respect the people around you. I have a couple of dates left in
March if anyone wants to book a trip. I also have a some days left in April. Don't forget to book you trout
streamer trip as well. Anytime after mid April is good for stripping streamers and maybe earlier if water temps
get warm enough. Check out the trout fishing specials on the Contact or the Rates and Info pages. These deals
are good for the entire spring/summer. It can be a great way to see some different rivers and catch a lot of
trout! Streamers, dries, nymphing, and tossing some hairballs around after dark all can be covered. Keep
hoping for warmer weather. It won't be long and we will be chasing trout and looking for mushrooms! Until
then, get out there and fish. I am sure everyone could use a good walk on the river by this time of the year.
Good luck and good fishing !


Tight Lines, Nick
(03/12/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: What a wild February we have had! We have had a roller coaster of events with the weather the past couple of weeks. We have seen temps ranging from -10 up to 50 degrees! The good news is that all the rivers are back to open and the fishing has been great. All of the rivers should have received a good shot of fresh fish over the last couple of weeks. The PM seems to be leading the pack in terms of fishing this last week. I hit the PM early on Wednesday for a couple hours and managed to get into a couple . The first was a welcome suprise being a spunky chrome fish coming on my second drift. Needless to say I had my rear end handed to me by this fish that seemed to start out of the gate already in 5th gear! After taking 3 laps around the hole in a blink of an eye, down river it headed and left my gear on its way! I talked with a buddy that had a one person trip the same day and they did very, very well. Sounds like Thursday went the same way. Fishing pressure wasn't horrible last week on the PM, but there were a few guys out with the recent heat wave that made it slightly above freezing. Tommy Lynch and I hit the White at the beginning of last week and did quite well. I heard some mixed reports the rest of the week down there from Jeff Hubbard and a couple of others. I tried the White again on Tuesday, but with last weekends cold snap fishing was near impossible in most of the holes due to a little shelf ice that had formed and the amount of slush flowing down river that was breaking off the river bottom! Went back on Thursday and there were quite a few people around. The weather was great but the fishing was a little slower than expected. I did bring in one fish and thought I may have had another hit but thats about it. I don't know if the fishing was slow due to all the people that had been through that section that morning or if some of those fish were in people's freezers already. I have heard about and seen quite a few fish taken out of there already. Oh well, they have their rights too. It just makes fishing tougher when they are not in the river! Sounds like the Rogue is fishing about the same as the White. I have not made it down there in a while but look forward to in the near future. The river levels were starting to come up a little yesterday. They were mostly clear. With all the rain we had last night, you can expect all of this to change for the weekend. I just checked the graphs and levels are surely on the rise. Again, water temps will not exactly rise with most of the water we get being snow melt. Please be careful when wading. Even usually shallow areas can be tricky just from the added volume. With any luck these levels may bring in some more fish. The last time the rivers came up everyone got a push of fish. Eggs and nymphs under the bobber have been working well. Chartreuse, pinks, clowns, and lighter colors all in globug form have been working for the eggs. Stones, hexes , and other smaller nymphs are good to try as well. With the warmer temps and all of the bug activity, nymphing should do a little better now until the steelhead start dumping all of those eggs back into the system. I have heard of some good action on plugs and hardware as well and of course the bait has been producing too. Things should continue to improve as we get closer to Spring. It won't be too long before the fish will start to hunt out their gravels. But until then, let's enjoy some fine winter steelheading. There are plenty of fish in the system, and more of them should be on the bite soon! Well, March is here this week and the fishing should continue to get better. Temps in the 10 day forecast are supposed to hover around normal which is slightly above freezing. It will be nice to not have to worry about ice in the guides for a while. It would be even better if it won't happen until next year! Cloudy days are always the better days to get out, but the sun does help with warming things up and the fishing has been productive on the sunny days too. Pressure should continue to pick up as long as the weather stays warmer. Remember there is plenty of water to fish so respect the people around you. There are plenty of dates left in March if anyone wants to book a trip. I also have a some days left in April. Don't forget to book you trout streamer trip as well. Anytime after mid April is good for stripping streamers and maybe earlier if water temps get warm enough. Check out the trout fishing specials on the Contact or the Rates and Info pages. These deals are good for the entire spring/summer. It can be a great way to see some different rivers and catch a lot of trout! Streamers, dries, nymphing, and tossing some hairballs around after dark all can be covered. Keep hoping for warmer weather. It won't be long and we will be chasing trout and looking for mushrooms! Until then, get out there and fish. I am sure everyone could use a good walk on the river by this time of the year. Good luck and good fishing.
Tight Lines, Nick (02/27/09)
Nick Britton (MIflyguide) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: The Fishing Report
(Updated 2-3-09)



Fishing for steelhead was back in action these past few days on the PM. The weather finally gave way to
temps above freezing for a couple days and with some added sunshine, the river started to get rid of some her
shelf ice. The water temps were a burning cold 35 degrees on Sunday. There were a few people out curing
their "cabin fever" this last weekend. I didn't really hear of a whole lot of success. A couple fellow guides,
Brad and Tommy, and I went out looking for some fun. They for most part swung streamers and did manage a
handful of whacks but nothing too exciting. The eggs were the key to the couple of fish that were landed, but
they were not all that big. A couple of fish to hand gave a couple people their "fix" if you will after being stuck
indoors for what seemed like forever with the brutal cold temps we have had. The forecast for both weather
and fishing is looking up for this weekend. As of right now tomorrow is a high of 1, but it is expected to be
above freezing by Friday. They even call for a couple days in the 40's with a little wet precipitation, and
staying decent for a while! This will get the fish a little more active and bring them out of their winter
slumber.

The rivers are clear once again and levels have dropped. Look for levels to rise a bit next week if we get do
get the rain they say we may get. This should help to clear out probably the rest of the shelf ice there is.
Some of the ice was thick enough to hold a shanty on it! Water temps will not exactly rise with most of the
water we get being snow melt. The spey action should pick up next week. Eggs and nymphs under the bobber
have been working fine as well. Chartreuse, pinks, and lighter colors for the eggs. Stones, hexes , and other
smaller nymphs are good to try as well. Things should continue to improve as we get closer to Spring. It
won't be too long before the fish will start to hunt out their gravels. But until then, let's enjoy some fine winter
steelheading. There are plenty of fish in the system, and more of them should be on the bite soon!

Get out and take advantage of the warmer days we get. The rivers are back to open for a while., and hopefully
the rest of the way. Half days can be done with ease (if you have a little experience)and are a great way to get
in and out with hopefully a fish without getting too cold. Just in case, the boat does have a small heater in it on
the cold days! This Spring is shaping up to be a good one. Don't forget to book you Spring date now! March
should be a fantastic month up here, as long as the weather breaks a couple times between now and then.
Steelhead dates are filling fast, but I still have a few dates open. If you have a day in mind, let me know soon!
Don't forget the trout fishing too! With all this water waiting for our Spring thaw, the streamer season should
be awesome. Usually when we get a winter similar to this, spring arrives on time. There shouldn't be any cold
stretches and accumulating snows in April this year! April is a great time to get out and catch a trophy Brown
while the others are looking for the few steelhead that will be remaining. You may get surprised by one of
those steelies on your streamer to mix in with that trophy! Just shoot me an email if you have any questions
on dates or conditions, or you can call and leave a message. Be sure to checkout the new "Fly Shop" on the
site. It will be a slow work in progress so bare with me. If you have anything in mind shoot me an email.
Remember to respect the river and the people around you. That’s it for now, hope to see you soon.
Tight Lines,

Nick

(02/03/09)
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