Mid summer break

This is the last local report for a bit, it's time for me to get out of town. I'm ready to hit Naknek River camp. The Kankakee is extremely low and getting clear. Sorting through fly patterns has been a daily occurrence. We've had some of the best top water eats this week. There is nothing better than watching a fly get totally destroyed from the surface. I will post reports when I can from Alaska. 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

Northern escape

Being a guide for 10 years I've made a lot of good friends. I got a call awhile back from one saying, "hey bud wanna come up to the bay and fish carp and bass?" Hell yes I do!!! Capt. Katz and his wife are expecting their first baby soon, so as a final trip Bill and myself headed north to stay at  www.dloopoutfitters.com

We met Dave at the shop and headed to the bay to chase carp and smallmouth on day one. I forgot how much I missed fishing the great lakes for carp. Day two was a short one due to driving back home so we stayed close to the shop and hit the Big Manistee to chased pike with Dave and his awesome wife Amy. Pike are great and Dave has this game dialed in. If you need a quick escape from the city I highly recommend staying at Dloop and fishing with Dave or one of his guys.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

Busy busy busy

Holy crap, where did a month go? Fishing has been good, not outstanding just good. We've had high dirty water all season so far. Every time the river starts dropping it rains again, such is life. Despite the high dirty water the fish are in their normal summer modes. Top water, crayfish, and minnow patterns are all producing. Just because the water is dirty don't think the fish won't eat. Not everyday can be sunny, no wind, clear water, and mild temps, I am currently booking for September and October get your date locked down for some end of the season action. Capt. Katz continues to do a outstanding job getting his customers on good fish and the double boat trips are a hit.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

15 days

What a crazy 15 days it's been since the last report post. The 3 am wake up's are taking their tool on me so this is going to be short. We've had hot humid days already, we've had torrential down pours, and we've had cold fronts. None of that has mattered, the rivers are in great shape. All normal summer patterns are working. The fish are eating. On a side note, I was asked to be apart of a fly fishing film called Summer Haze. Filling took place this weekend and lets just say I am very pleased and can't wait until it comes out. Heres a link to the trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uwfi1X1844Q

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

It's summer time

Another great week on the river is in the books. I feel like this is going to be a repeat of last weeks report. The top water bite remained decent, more fish were caught this week on BIG baitfish patterns, and crayfish have been found in quite a few gullets. Captain Bill Katz has been a great addition to the Grab Your Fly crew. Bill has been doing a great job putting people on great fish in his boat as well. With the hot days the flows are dropping and the lack of rain has brought good water clarity. Two months from yesterday this guy will be in Alaska again. The piles are slowly starting to pop up around the house.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

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. 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

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.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

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. 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

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. 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

IMG_20180412_104014.jpg
MVIMG_20180412_101409.jpg
MVIMG_20180413_090235.jpg
MVIMG_20180413_103427.jpg
MVIMG_20180413_125852.jpg

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.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

IMG_20180408_132526_1.jpg
IMG_20180408_132129.jpg
MVIMG_20180406_095951.jpg
IMG_20180406_104118.jpg

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.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

Naknek River Camp - Alaska Outing.jpg
MVIMG_20180329_082435.jpg
MVIMG_20180331_082529.jpg
MVIMG_20180331_082515.jpg

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.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

IMG_20180321_094434.jpg
MVIMG_20180321_102420.jpg
MVIMG_20180321_131738.jpg
IMG_20180321_110455.jpg
IMG_20180325_112143.jpg
image (4).jpg
image (5).jpg
image (7).jpg

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.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

MVIMG_20180316_105014.jpg
DSC07881.JPG
IMG_20180311_123025.jpg
MVIMG_20180311_124832.jpg
image (3).jpg

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.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

IMG_20180218_140716.jpg
IMG_20180225_201736.jpg

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. 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

DSC07852.JPG
DSC02219.JPG
DSC02243.JPG
image-1.jpg
IMG_20180127_081357 (1).jpg
DSC02285.JPG
DSC02415.JPG
DSC02469.JPG
DSC02458.JPG

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 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

Screenshot_20180113-091437.png

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. 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

image.jpg
MVIMG_20171203_083356.jpg
MVIMG_20171202_092123.jpg

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. 

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

These are current photos from within the last week. 

IMG_7575.JPG
IMG_7579.JPG
IMG_7612.JPG

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.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

 https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/?ref=bookmarks 

and on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/austinadduci/?hl=en

IMG_7476.JPG
IMG_7485.JPG
IMG_7491.JPG
IMG_7501.JPG