Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday Morning Coffee- May 28

Yawn stretch, scratch, repeat.  Monday has come again, and on a holiday weekend at that.  I'm enjoying my long weekend, how about you? Let's have some coffee.

Well, perhaps the big news this week is the opening of a new fly shop in the area- Boyne Outfitters. I stopped in Friday after work- they had been open a total of 4 hours. Ethan Winchester has put together a good basic inventory of gear and flies with more on the way.  I work in Boyne City now, and it's nice to know that if I don't have time to tie I can pick up some Backstabbers or BWO imitations on my way home.  Ethan has also kept the pricing at normal levels. He's carrying Redington and Sage rods and reels, Simms waders and boots and a selection of lines, leaders and tippet material from RIO.  Ethan says they'll expand the product lines and fly selection as the seasons and hatches change. They plan to add tying materials when fall rolls around and guys think about tying again.  Boyne Outfitters is located in Boyne Mountain Resort across from Kilwin's. You can call them at 231.549.6064.

I got to fish on Saturday on my local brook trout water. Conditions were extremely tough, with very low, clear water.  If it's this bad now I hate to see what July will bring.  Still, the fish were out, often sitting in inches of water. With no visible hatches going on and clear bright skies I just threw a small caddis all day, and this seemed to fit the bill.  I caught about 20 fish, most were 5-7", but still fun on a 3 weight rod, and they are colored up beautifully. I didn't carry my camera, so you'll have to settle for phone shots. I had to cover a lot of water for my fish, and spent a lot of time just hiking upstream, covering twice the distance I normally would in an afternoon. As the wind rose I spent more and more time retrieving my fly from the tag alders. It took me more than an hour to walk back to my car.

the long walk back to my car

Michigan DNR photo

The other big news here is the wildfires. So far about 25,000 acres have burned in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in the area where Ernest Hemingway fished and wrote about. 3400 acres have burned in the Seney Wildlife Refuge, and over 22,000 acres have burned in the Two-Hearted River area. It's being called the Duck Lake fire. As of yesterday they had only reported six structures burned, but according to  CMU Public Radio this morning over 30 homes and cabins have burned as well as over 50 other structures. News reports say that the venerable Rainbow Lodge at the mouth of the Two-Hearted River was destroyed. With dry conditions and no significant rainfall for that area in sight, it may take awhile to contain this one. The Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls parks and the campgrounds are all closed due to the smoke. The fire itself is said to be about 7 miles west of the Upper Falls, so Tahquamenon may not be out of danger. The DNR website has full coverage of the fire, maps of the area affected, links to photo albums, and up to date state-of-emergency and burning ban information. Go to to find out the latest. I feel for everyone affected by this fire.

Dave Kenyon/Michigan DNR photo

On a more positive note, Michigan's next Free Fishing Weekend is coming up in two weeks on June 9 and 10. No licenses will be required that weekend, so if you wanted to try your hand at fishing, or don't go enough to want to buy a license, this is a great time to get out and hit the water. Be advised that all other fishing regulations, limits and seasons apply.

Speaking of fishing, this post has gone on long enough. With warm temps and a bit of overcast this morning, it looks like a perfect time to go swing some soft hackles.  Enjoy the extra day off and have a safe drive getting home. Me, I am home, so I'm going fishing.

Let's get after it.


  1. Yes, that was enough to lure me outside today. No long walks though! I think that I will throw some soft hackles also up the canyon and see what hooks on! Mayabe one of those small, colorful brookies!! = )

  2. It's a shame that the forest burns, but it is a renewal. I can remember, as a kid, spending summers on that little fork in Northern Wisconsin around Ellison Bay (I'm sure the area burning looks a lot like that). Beautiful country, but moon scape after a fire.


    1. That's one of the most remote and beautiful areas in Michigan, and not far from my home. I get up there as often as possible. There's a ridge there where you can pick wild blueberries like grapes.

  3. Hopefully the fire runs its course shortly, no fun for anyone.

    Glad you were able to get out and do some damage on the brookies...i just hope that you'll be able to do the same in July.