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3 Flying Animals That Can Ruin Your Fly Fishing Experience

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When it comes to fly fishing, their are a few things you must be consistently on the look out for, one, in northern Michigan is of course bears. But did you know their are a number of even more menacing critters to watch out for?

Michigan Seagulls

Thats right, birds. Birds are some of the most notoriously obnoxious animals out their for fly fishing. Why? They actively attempt to get your bait while it’s in mid air. Their is art to avoiding them if you really love your location. But you must be both aware and vigilant in scouting out the right location and/or avoiding birds and bats when possible.

There is some motivation for fly fishing around active bird territory. It usually indicates a high concentration of fish food, bugs or smaller minnows. So the goal is to know what to look for and how to avoid getting the wrong thing on the end of your line.

So here is a list of the top 5 flying critters to watch out for in Michigan rivers and shore lines.

The first to look out for is the most obvious, seagulls.

Seagulls are smart birds. They are followers. When one seagull begins to dive for food, be looking for others to do the same. So it’s best when fly fishing to look for groups and note their feeding patterns. It usually is in 15 minute intervals.  So when fly fishing, look for them to depart to at least tree level before casting a sideways fly fish cast.

Often they will congregate and eat around rocky shore lines where they can brake open mollusks and other hard-shelled food. So when fly fishing around seagulls, look and aim toward deeper waters. Avoiding drawing too much attention by your angle of cast.

Watch For Michigan Bat Colonies.

Bats In Michigan

Michigan bats tend to stick around rivers because of the amount of bugs. They tend to hunker down at high points behind tree bark near Michigan rivers. Obviously the biggest issue with Michigan bats is their feeding time. Often you can find them feeding right at dusk which happens to be a prime fishing time.

Bug’s come out, fish come out and bats come out all at the same time which can add a challenge for the angler. The key like with seagulls is the cast. The echo location will detect lures in the air and dive after them. Because Michigan bat’s are protected you do not want to injure them. Killing a protected animal can fetch you hundreds of dollars in fines.

So we encourage low quick cast. The closer you are to your hole the better. Michigan bats cannot be easily controlled. Another tip is to look for and identify the Michigan bat your dealing with. We found some good tips on this blog for identifying Michigan bats.

The third and final flying critter to look out for is the Canada goose.

michigan goose

These geese can really ruin a fishermen’s day. They are very territorial and you come around a river bend read to cast in their direction, they have no problem getting in the water and nipping at you. The best thing to do here is to get a close to the fishing hole as possible, and making as little movement as possible so as to not appear as a threat.

As you progress up (or down river) from their location, do so in a slow and consistent manner. Unless you do not have a hole your trying to hit. In that case just pass by them as quickly as possible so they don’t disturb you chances down the road.

We hope this helps you with your next Michigan fly fishing trip.

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Fly Fishing In Michigan – 13 Tips

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Lake Michigan Fly Fishing

13 Tips For Michigan Fly Fishing.

Using a fly fishing rod is difficult yet extremely fruitful when mastered. Like all things, It takes dedication and continued effort to get good at. Vince Labardi, “This is a football” speech is much like this one.  It all depends on what you already know but we typically start with youngsters, “this is a fish.”

Learning The Basics

Casting out with your typical fishing pool is one thing all in it self. So even though their are similarities. Its much like the similarities in golf and hockey. All things have to be taught over for new methods of casting, weight difference, lure differences and more.

Using fly’s as lures is a different world. The weight is so un-noticeable that it is tough just learning to get it out in front of you.  Even the fishing line is made from PVC or urethane coating making it surprisingly heaver actually. This actually helps the fly move further down river as the momentum from the cast and the line push the lure out.

The Perfect Cast

Creating the perfect cast starts with ensuring the fly line is located at the perfect point. Behind the fly tip. Much like a wave, when you push the rod forward (or swing) the momentum is transferred to the line. So wherever the tip of the rod is pointing, is the location you can expect your lure to end up. Check the weather for optimal fishing conditions.

Your task, as with anything is to practice, execute and evaluate.

1. Tour feet should be pointing in the direction of your cast. The cast should be even with the river.

2. Don’t cast two wide on your backstroke. Ensure that their is only a few feet from the back to the front end position as you practice.

3. Create a centered even stroke that can be replicated again and again.

Center Of Gravity

Proper execution means that you are forward facing. You are watching your fishing hole. You know the wind direction and your feet are firmly planted. If these factors are not in place, one of them will always mess up your cast. It is critical you get this right before anything else. This is especially true when fishing for Michigan trout during cold months.

Mindset Over Determination

When fishing, folks often think it’s a passive sport. But the reality is that it’s nothing close to such. You must think about the barometer pressure, the weather, the sunlight location and more. Fish are temperamental and when its hot midday and dive deep into those holes, you need to know they wont be close to the riverbank.

Executing The Overhead Cast

This is the most common type of fly fishing technique. And probably the one you will naturally know the best. It’s on TV, commercials and more. To practice this type of cast, get an open field and start casting way.

Since it’s just a back and forth method, make sure you are way from electric lines and more. But it’s just like it sounds, back and forth cast. Try in naturally and look out part 2 coming up soon.

Read More

3 Flying Animals That Can Ruin Your Fly Fishing Experience

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When it comes to fly fishing, their are a few things you must be consistently on the look out for, one, in northern Michigan is of course bears. But did you know their are a number of even more menacing critters to watch out for?

Michigan Seagulls

Thats right, birds. Birds are some of the most notoriously obnoxious animals out their for fly fishing. Why? They actively attempt to get your bait while it’s in mid air. Their is art to avoiding them if you really love your location. But you must be both aware and vigilant in scouting out the right location and/or avoiding birds and bats when possible.

There is some motivation for fly fishing around active bird territory. It usually indicates a high concentration of fish food, bugs or smaller minnows. So the goal is to know what to look for and how to avoid getting the wrong thing on the end of your line.

So here is a list of the top 5 flying critters to watch out for in Michigan rivers and shore lines.

The first to look out for is the most obvious, seagulls.

Seagulls are smart birds. They are followers. When one seagull begins to dive for food, be looking for others to do the same. So it’s best when fly fishing to look for groups and note their feeding patterns. It usually is in 15 minute intervals.  So when fly fishing, look for them to depart to at least tree level before casting a sideways fly fish cast.

Often they will congregate and eat around rocky shore lines where they can brake open mollusks and other hard-shelled food. So when fly fishing around seagulls, look and aim toward deeper waters. Avoiding drawing too much attention by your angle of cast.

Watch For Michigan Bat Colonies.

Bats In Michigan

Michigan bats tend to stick around rivers because of the amount of bugs. They tend to hunker down at high points behind tree bark near Michigan rivers. Obviously the biggest issue with Michigan bats is their feeding time. Often you can find them feeding right at dusk which happens to be a prime fishing time.

Bug’s come out, fish come out and bats come out all at the same time which can add a challenge for the angler. The key like with seagulls is the cast. The echo location will detect lures in the air and dive after them. Because Michigan bat’s are protected you do not want to injure them. Killing a protected animal can fetch you hundreds of dollars in fines.

So we encourage low quick cast. The closer you are to your hole the better. Michigan bats cannot be easily controlled. Another tip is to look for and identify the Michigan bat your dealing with. We found some good tips on this blog for identifying Michigan bats.

The third and final flying critter to look out for is the Canada goose.

michigan goose

These geese can really ruin a fishermen’s day. They are very territorial and you come around a river bend read to cast in their direction, they have no problem getting in the water and nipping at you. The best thing to do here is to get a close to the fishing hole as possible, and making as little movement as possible so as to not appear as a threat.

As you progress up (or down river) from their location, do so in a slow and consistent manner. Unless you do not have a hole your trying to hit. In that case just pass by them as quickly as possible so they don’t disturb you chances down the road.

We hope this helps you with your next Michigan fly fishing trip.

Read More

Fly Fishing In Michigan – 13 Tips

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Lake Michigan Fly Fishing

13 Tips For Michigan Fly Fishing.

Using a fly fishing rod is difficult yet extremely fruitful when mastered. Like all things, It takes dedication and continued effort to get good at. Vince Labardi, “This is a football” speech is much like this one.  It all depends on what you already know but we typically start with youngsters, “this is a fish.”

Learning The Basics

Casting out with your typical fishing pool is one thing all in it self. So even though their are similarities. Its much like the similarities in golf and hockey. All things have to be taught over for new methods of casting, weight difference, lure differences and more.

Using fly’s as lures is a different world. The weight is so un-noticeable that it is tough just learning to get it out in front of you.  Even the fishing line is made from PVC or urethane coating making it surprisingly heaver actually. This actually helps the fly move further down river as the momentum from the cast and the line push the lure out.

The Perfect Cast

Creating the perfect cast starts with ensuring the fly line is located at the perfect point. Behind the fly tip. Much like a wave, when you push the rod forward (or swing) the momentum is transferred to the line. So wherever the tip of the rod is pointing, is the location you can expect your lure to end up. Check the weather for optimal fishing conditions.

Your task, as with anything is to practice, execute and evaluate.

1. Tour feet should be pointing in the direction of your cast. The cast should be even with the river.

2. Don’t cast two wide on your backstroke. Ensure that their is only a few feet from the back to the front end position as you practice.

3. Create a centered even stroke that can be replicated again and again.

Center Of Gravity

Proper execution means that you are forward facing. You are watching your fishing hole. You know the wind direction and your feet are firmly planted. If these factors are not in place, one of them will always mess up your cast. It is critical you get this right before anything else. This is especially true when fishing for Michigan trout during cold months.

Mindset Over Determination

When fishing, folks often think it’s a passive sport. But the reality is that it’s nothing close to such. You must think about the barometer pressure, the weather, the sunlight location and more. Fish are temperamental and when its hot midday and dive deep into those holes, you need to know they wont be close to the riverbank.

Executing The Overhead Cast

This is the most common type of fly fishing technique. And probably the one you will naturally know the best. It’s on TV, commercials and more. To practice this type of cast, get an open field and start casting way.

Since it’s just a back and forth method, make sure you are way from electric lines and more. But it’s just like it sounds, back and forth cast. Try in naturally and look out part 2 coming up soon.

Read More