Bubbles, Bubbles and more Bubbles

Ahhhhh yes, we skipped over spring and right to summer. Hot still days on the river watching poppers go pop everyday. The bubble trail of a popper coming off the shore line, waiting for a smallmouth to explode on it. That is how the week went. Good numbers of fish fell victim to the boggle this week and it was another week of happy anglers. Levels and clarity are great. I have very limited openings in June and July is filling up. 

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Going strong

The river is fishing good. The streamer bite is on fire and the top water game is starting. The spawn is happening, we're about a week and a half into it, despite that plenty of nice aggressive fish are being hooked. Working neutral buoyancy streamers has been the key to success with the floating algae thats in the system. Hopefully this rain gives the river a good flush. Scattered dates for June are still available.

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Busy busy busy

It's been a bit since the last report. I've been on the water every day and this is last on my list of things to do so heres a quick report. The water temps are low to mid 60's, great visibility, surprisingly theres a lot of grass already growing. The bite has switched from low and slow to swimming and crushing it. It's almost spawning time, its time for my annual talk. I do NOT anchor and fish spawning fish I do NOT anchor and fish beds. The boat is always moving and we're looking for the aggressive fish that wants to eat. You guys that target fish in the creeks or in the backwaters are hurting the future of the river. 

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Fatties

We had another good week on the river. The weather was good for a change and the big girls of spring came to play. The below pictures prove now is the time to get out and fish. Water temps stayed in the upper 40's to mid 50's all week. A variety of patterns caught fish, from leeches to baitfish. Water clarity improved greatly to almost a foot. 

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Gettin after it

I promise no complaining about the weather in this report. River flows on the Kank are stable in the 8000 cfs range, temps are staying in the mid 40's, and the clarity varies day to day. The smallies are starting to chase streamers, which is a nice change from the low and slow program. I think mid week we'll finally be in normal spring conditions for good.

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Same ole same ole

This is really getting old. We've had another week of hot and cold weather, with a little rain mixed in. Most of my week was taken up with family duties but Bob had a good day on the river before the water bumped up and got dirty. Just a few months and I'll be on a plane heading back to the Naknek. I still have a few spots open. The bead boxes and ziplocks have been restocked.

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Hot and Cold

Pick one, PLEASE!!! Mother nature really needs to make her mind up. It's been a....... Good week I'd say. Our annual guide float produced some nice fish, customer trips have started. The river has flat lined at 8000ish cfs and is perfect, water temps vary from low 40's to high 40's. Dark color flies have been the most productive although baitfish have been eaten. All flies have been fished on Scientific Titan taper clear tip intermediate lines or Titian taper sink 3 sink 5. Long slow strips have been money. The weather is going to warm this week. Lets get after it.

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Slowly but slowly

Slowly but slowly spring is creeping in, The river are in great shape I've spent days on both already this season. The water clarity is good on both, flows are perfect, but we are missing the temps by a few degrees. The sunny days have been best. Black leeches have been the winning pattern. When fishing leeches it's not always a low and slow game. We've had fish fish chase leech flies back to the boat. Hopefully I'll have some pike news to report next time, now the water has dropped and the temps are still cold enough they should be laid up and active.

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I think it's over

I think it's over. The weather is breaking, the snow is gone, the birds are starting to chirp. February 27th was the first float of the 2018 year. With the Kankakee at all time high water levels the Dupage river is where my season will start this year. White baitfish patterns moved all of our fish on the 27th. I have limited openings for early season prespawn fishing. Tying classes come to a end tonight at Dupage Flyfishing Company, I want to thank everyone that attended classes this winter and sat around the tables with me. It was my pleasure teaching all of you. Due to some difficult circumstances there are now 3 open spots to join me at Naknek River camp September 1-8 If Alaska is on your bucket list this is a great opportunity.

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Streamerlove Fest follow up

This past weekend with the Stealthcraft in tow I was headed southbound to Arkansas for a mid winter escape. The plan was to strip streamers on the White river for big browns and I was invited to tie at Dally's streamer love fest event. The river produced plenty of fish everyday and the event was one hell of a good time. Here's a writeup from Steve Dally about the event https://ozarkflyfisherjournal.wordpress.com/2018/01/29/streamer-lovefest-2018-thank-you/

Tying classes resume at Dupage flyfishing company this Wednesday night call the shop to lock your spot down (630) 857-3468 Bookings have started filling the calendar for the 2018 season prime dates are being taken quickly don't wait to long to contact me. On a fishing note pike fishing should start soon the ice on the river has broken up we just need the temps to rise a little bit before it starts. 

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Winter sucks!!!

Winter.......... ya I don't like winter. All winter is good for is filling fly boxes. However this winter theres a bright light. StreamerLove fest at Dally's fly shop in Arkansas. I'll be there as one of the invited tyers. Stripping streamers for 4 days trying to hook a monster brown in January is my bright light. Tying classes at Dupage Flyfishing Company will resume January 31st 

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Happy Holidays

It is almost time to turn the Calendar page again. I want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season. I thank all of you that came out and fished with me this year and I'm looking forward to seeing you all again in 2018. Bookings have already begun, it's never to early to get you name down. I will be attending the Heartland Fly Fishing Festival in Lebanon Indiana January 20-21st if your itching to get out of the house come on down and say hello. Fly tying classes are in full swing at Dupage Fly Company call the shop for a complete schedule 630-857-3468 remember both Dupage and Chicago Fly Fishing outfitters books my trips right there in the shops. I've got some great new things in the works for this coming season it is bound to be the best year yet. Lastly, remember to play the weather windows fishing continues all winter long, the below photos are from a week ago. 

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Still working when the weather allows

I was recently at a show and was asked, when do you stop guiding? My answer is I DON'T. Having multiple boats and fisheries to work on theres always something or somewhere to fish. The key to fishing our area in the winter months is, play the weather windows. The days that are wind free, sunny, let the water temps warm a degree or two and get out there and try. The air is crisp, it is a time for complete solitude. I will be on the outdoor show circuit again this winter, we have a full line up tying classes at   www.dupagefly.com I am already getting calls for trip dates for the 2018 season so it's never too early to lock down your spot. I have gift certificates available for gift ideas. 

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These are current photos from within the last week. 

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Changing times

AHHHHH yes, it's that time of year when the river grass lets loose and starts to float, the water temps drop, and the fish head deep. It's also the season of shotguns on the river. The Kankakee and Dupage rivers treated myself and my clients well this season fishing for smallmouth. I want to thank everyone who came out, I look forward to seeing you all again next season. This last week was a scouting week for me, I actually got to fish. I spent the week poking around pike water and swinging for steelhead. This fall is going to be fun.

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Fall is here

Fishing has been solid the last couple weeks since my return. I haven't seen the river this low and clear in years. Conditions like this add a level of difficulty to the smallmouth game, Stealth, and long casts are a must to get the job done. With the drop in water temps the fish will start to head deep to there winter holes which means the jet boat will be coming back into play. 

For the summer of 2018 I am hosting 2 one week groups to Alaska's Naknek River Camp http://www.naknekrivercamp.com/     I only have 2 spots left for the group coming September 1-8th. Once my spots are full I am working in conjunction with FlyAnglerGal Kelly Bergshaw to fill her hosted trip spots the week of August 11-18 Contact me for more details.

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I'm back

It was jut too hard to find time or signal while I was in Alaska to do reports but I'm back. While I was away the weeks flew by. The mass quantity of fish in the Naknek River is amazing. The target species changed daily depending on what the angler wanted to target. In the six weeks that I was there the weather changed dramatically. It went from t-shirt weather to layers and coats overnight, and never leave your cabin without your rain coat. If you are interested in learning more about Naknek River camp feel free to get a hold of me I'll be happy to answer any of your questions. I am working on getting open dates and pricing for any of my customers that want to fish Alaska in 2018. On the home front, The Kankakee is the lowest it's been in years. The water is extremely clear and the fish are spooky. Down sizing both flies and tippet is a must. Forget about bright colors and big streamers, it's time to go natural.  The top water bite remains strong with floating loose grass fouling flies on a regular basis. I have some open dates the first two weeks of October. 

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Quick Alaska update

Things are solid here in the last frontier. Silver fishing is in full swing with fish coming on a variety of different methods, trout fishing in the main river is ok, all of the guides are waiting on the egg drop to start. I did a few fly outs last week to some remote rivers. The fly out experience is awsome and the fishing is nothing like I've ever experienced. I have tons a pictures and videos to go through but I'll leave you with a few highlights until I have more time. On the home front the river is in great shape and I'm looking forward to getting back on the sticks chasing smallies.

If you want to book a fall smallmouth trip or early steelhead trip while I'm away please contact   DuPage Fly Fishing https://www.dupagefly.com/  (630) 857-3468 The guys will get you taken care of.

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Alaska week one

I made it to the last frontier, all my bags, rods and reels made it too. Camp life at Naknek River Camp http://www.naknekrivercamp.com/ is wonderful. The staff is friendly, the grounds have a amazing view of the mountain range and the river. I've had a good time learning the river from some good dudes, I was assigned a boat today and now the world is good. Clients come in tomorrow and my season officially starts Sunday. There are plenty of pink, sockeye, and chum salmon in the river system. Silvers are trickling in every day. The egg drop is coming soon and the GIANT rainbows that this place is famous for will be on the feed in the next week or so. I will have more to post about next week.

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Mid summer blow out

Well my summer smallmouth season didn't quite end the way that I wanted it to. Once again Mother Nature sucks, and blew out the local rivers for the last week. Fortunately my customers all have rescheduled and now I have something to look forward to when I get home from Alaska. I will try and post once a week while I'm there but I'm told service is nonexistent at the lodge. If you want to book a fall smallmouth trip or early steelhead trip while I'm away please contact   DuPage Fly Fishing https://www.dupagefly.com/  (630) 857-3468 The guys will get you taken care of.

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