Friends hit Streamerlove Fest

Last Wednesday the rig was on the ball ready to head south 8 hours. Destination Dally's StreamerLove Fest on the white river. Kyle Zempel from Black Earth Angling Company was in for the trip with me. 8 hours later the sun came up and we rolled into the hotel parking lot to meet the rest of the crew. A quick truck unload and to wader up it was back in the truck to go fish. Who needs sleep? Fish were caught, fish were lost, and holy hell did we blow some big fish chances. The tying event at Dally's Saturday night was hoot, good times good drinks, good people. Kyle documeneted the trip with some outstanding photos, follow the link,  http://www.kylezphotography.com/Client/Events/Streamer-Lovefest/

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Winter options

The Show season is among us

January 14 I'll west Michigan fly show in Grand Rapids. I will be working the TFO booth

February 11, 12 Tinley Park high school show

March 4th Wildcat Creek outfitters shop day

March 11th Warren Michigan show I will be working the TFO booth

I will be teaching tying classes again this winter at Dupage Fly Company. 6 consecutive Wednesdays starting on January 25th. Each class is a pay per. You don't need to sign up for all of them pick your pattern and come learn. Call the shop to check availability (630)857-3468 http://www.dupagefly.com/ 

StreamerFest 2017 is coming at the end of the month. Me and some buddies are heading down, I'm really looking forward to it. 

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Winter sucks!!

Quick fishing report, The St. Joe is open the fish have been uncooperative but thats fishing midwest steelhead in the winter. The big lake was open the browns where there and playful the last time I was out. Olive goby patterns worked best stripped on a sinking line. 

Spring/Summer bookings are underway!

Yeah it's the new year! The holidays are over, the Christmas stuff is taken down and put back in the attic, now the cat-fighting of the fishing industry begins. With nothing better to do, being cooped up in the house tying flies every day, it happens every winter like clock work, the constant FB stalking, Instagram creeping, and arguing. A friend of mine who owns a shop in Montana made a T-shirt a few years back. It simply says "FaceBook ruined Flyfishing" I believe that to be absolutely true!!! Let me pause there and explain. It is a great tool for sharing ideas, places, meeting people with the same interests. This is where it goes to hell. It makes the guy sitting in his cubical or sitting on the train think that every guy that can tie a fly and put it online is a custom tyer. Any dude with a boat isn't really a guide because him and his buddy fish on the weekend. Has our world really become that pitiful that we have to pay for likes? When you have a conversation with a "pop up" guide, you ask him why he wants to start guiding and his response is "for the pro deals" seriously??? No man, that's not the correct answer. You are making us REAL guides look bad! All I'm saying is be leery of what you read online.

Lets announce the new

I've been very quiet lately; it isn't because I haven't been fishing. The reason is I've been busy preparing, purchasing a third boat, and working out details with a shop for our future plans together. So take a minute, poke around the "offered trips page" to see the new trips available for 2017. Grab Your Fly Charters was the first fly fishing guide service based in the Chicagoland area and over the years have maintained to be the go-to guide service. With these new opportunities, we will continue what we started... being the first to bring you unique opportunities right here at home.  Once again proving, you do not need to leave the state to find excellent fishing. I have officially teamed  http://www.dupagefly.com/ 2017 is going to be a great year, bookings have already begun. 

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One chapter closes the page is turning

Well my salmon season is over for 2016, three weeks flew by and I'm back home. I want to make public that I will not be returning to either Beaver Island or the Pere Marquette for the 2017 season. Bookings have dropped off for both fisheries and there just isn't a reason for me to go back any longer. I will always miss the summers on the island, the people and the life style of it, along with floating down the beautiful Pere Marquette watching the leaves turn vibrant colors. It has been a amazing 6 years guiding some of Michigan's finest waters. If you have any desire to fish either destination contact Steve Martinez at indigoguidesteve@gmail.com I will keep you posted on my plans for 2017 as they get set in stone. On the home front the Kankakee's water temps are great it's running high the fish should be hungry. I'm back on it later this week. I'm playing the waiting game on Lake Michigan the water needs to drop a bit for the fall game to kick off. Fall smallmouth are just as big and hungry as in the spring get your trip in while the weather is still nice, give me a call I'll get you fishing.

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Smallie season wind down

High dirty water has been the story all season, both myself and the boat don't mind it. The high water scares the other boaters off the river and makes it to dangerous for waders so the outcome is the river is empty. Tomorrow is the last float of the season here on the Kankakee I have a feeling we'll go out with a bang. Next week I will be back in Michigan with the Indigo boys chasing salmon. In the next month I will be making public some big changes for the 2017 season, it is very exciting stuff.  As always 

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Back on the river

I know I've been slacking on reports. There hasn't been much to report with all of the high water that we've had. Finally the river is in good shape, the water is dropping the clarity is improving and the fish are right where they should be. There is only 4 open days to book with me before I head to Michigan for salmon season. Reports from the Pere Marquette are sounding promising. It has been said that there is already more fish in the system now than all of last season, lets keep our fingers crossed. The new boat has arrived and is amazing, good mojo is already covering it.

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Beaver comes to a end

Time flew by. Every year it's funny, while I'm here at home time drags by, counting the days until the island season. Once I'm there running the big lake every day time goes by in a blink of the eye. I guess the saying is true "time flies when you're having fun". Anyways I'm back to counting down the days again. The season as a whole was great. The carp fishing was good despite wind, and clouds. Smallmouth fishing was excellent. Pike fishing was a added bonus and tons of fun. As I sat on the boat leaving the island the other day I was thinking how lucky I am to have been able to spend the last 6 or 7 summers on such a amazing place. Smallmouth fishing here at home on the Kankakee is in it's normal summer patterns and the river is in great shape. A new boat is in the works and will be picked up by September 1st, photos will come as soon as I get them. I have some dates open for smallmouth before I skip town again this fall for salmon season on the Pere Marquette.

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Beaver Island week 1

It's great to be back on the island for the summer. This first week we were met with more clouds than sun which in the carp world doesn't make things easy. Fortunately the smallmouth season is open early this year and they are abundant and big this season. The days that the sun has shown itself carp have been willing to eat. If any of you that are reading this plan to fish carp here or anywhere else PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remember this, they DO NOT like getting hit on the head with flies!!! DON'T DO IT!!! Signal is spotty and time to update this weekly is even spottier be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates,

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Week of May 14th

This will be my last report of the spring coming from here at home. The days are peeling off of the calendar, the totes are out and are being filled for Beaver Island. The fishing this week was a grind. The weather was the biggest factor. Fog, rain, wind, we had it all this week. The fish are there if you keep at it you'll find some players. The only thing that worked with any consistency was big and black everything else just disappeared in the dirty water.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook for daily updates https://www.facebook.com/GrabYourFly/

Week of April 24th

Playing the weather pays off this week. Carp have invaded the flats and are hungry. The biggest fish of the week was 28 pounds. Smallmouth on the river cooperated nicely. The post spawn bite has started. Big flies still out produced anything else. I have a few dates still open for local fishing before I head to Beaver Island.   

Week of April 17th

Falling river, dirty water, rising temps is what we were dealt this week. We caught fish, some days better than others but thats the game we play. There was no one hot color or pattern. One day they wanted black the next they wanted chartreuse. A little more than a month until the 2016 Island season and I can't wait!!  

Fishing Reports

Week of March 20, 2016

What a crazy week. It started great and quickly went to shit! Saturday I floated two good friends for the first trip of the year. The flows were at 5400 cfs, a lot of big prespawn fish were boated. 48 hours later the river jumped to 15000 cfs, that option was done for the week. The winds blew storm force mid week which flushed fishing the lake down the toilet. Things are looking good for this week. Lets see what happens. Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

 

Stay safe and Tight lines, Captain Austin

Week of March 8, 2016

It's time to fish, the weather has broke and spring is here. Lake Michigan is producing good numbers of fish during the week days. Heavy weekend pressure is making the bite tougher. I will be reporting on the Kankakee starting next week once trips start. I will be doing my last tying demo of the season next Tuesday night for DRIFT at the College of Dupage. For all of you guys that read blogs give my buddies over at TROUTS a glance. https://troutsflyfishing.com/info/blog/post/mastering-the-midwest-ft.-capt.-austin-aducci Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

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Week of February 7, 2016

AHHHHH, finally the first report of the year. With the mild winter that we've been having this year the ice on Lake Michigan isn't a problem and getting out to fish only requires good winds. The Coho bite has started and fish are being caught. Now keep this in mind it's still early and the action isn't fast and furious, but these fish are a blast to catch. The next two weekends GYFC will be at outdoor shows, Feb 12-14 at the Tinley Park highschool show, Feb 18-21 at the fly show in Indianapolis I will be in the Simms booth along with the Templefork Outfitters booth. Back to fishing I am moving up the Kankakee bookings to the last week of March. The spring smallmouth bite is the best the river has to offer. Get your day locked down before they're all filled up. Be sure to follow us on Facebook https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

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Week of November 27, 2015

Wow, what a warm fall we have had. Swinging and tying flies have been keeping me busy this month.The St. Joe is producing nice fish with every trip and with the temps being so warm still the swung fly is the way to go. There are Lake trout around on Lake Michigan but we're still waiting in the browns and coho's to show up. Preparations have begun at the tying bench for the possibility of a chapter of guiding next fall. My winter tying classes have started at Dupage Fly Fishing Company as been set call the shop for dates (630)857-3468 These classes are limited seating and are always a fun time in the off season. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

 

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Week of October 30, 2015

As I announced in the last report I am now booking trips for the fall chasing browns, coho's and lake trout on Lake Michigan along with adding steelhead fishing on the St. Joe. The St. Joe is producing fish on the swing already and with this weeks rains it will only improve. As always this time of the year leaves are our biggest problem while swinging flies. Lake Michigan is still too warm but that too will be getting good soon. My winter tying class schedule at Dupage Fly Fishing Company as been set call the shop for dates (630)857-3468 These classes are limited seating and are always a fun time in the off season. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

 

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Week of October 19, 2015

Salmon season 2015 is in the books and over. It was a tough season to say it kindly. Salmon runs of the past are gone and over. There is enough proven facts written out there backing this up. Even with low numbers in the river returning this year we hooked fish and caught them dailey, along with having fun some nice trout both stripping streamers and egging. I am now booking trips for the fall chasing browns, coho's and lake trout on Lake Michigan along with adding steelhead fishing on the St. Joe. I am happy to announce the relationship to the Hatch Outdoors family. Which will bring the best reels on the market into the boat for the remainder of this season and years to come. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

  

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Week of September 7, 2015

My 2015 smallmouth season is over. It finished with hot tough days on the water but the wonderful people grinded through and found fish every float. Top water, crayfish, and baitfish patterns they worked you just need to know what to throw when and where. I'm looking forward to getting on the road and heading north for the fall salmon run. My next report will hopefully be filled with king pictures. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

  

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Week of August 21, 2015

Back and forth I go. Quick report this morning. Both the river and lake are fishing great for smallmouth. The rivers still high and dirty but trust me don't let that stop you from booking. Crayfish have been best with top water being day to day. Lake Michigan baitfish on sinking lines have been producing. Gotta go, Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

  

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Week of August 7, 2015

Great week!!! The fish and weather are in their summer patterns. The flows has stablized and is clearing. With little rain the forecast things will only improve. Top water has been good crayfish have been best. Keep a eye out for the kid in the hat in the photos below, he's the future of flyfishing for musky. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

  

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Week of July 31, 2015

Receding receding receding. It is nice to be back on moving water again. The river is on it's way down finally, with every float more and more structure is being exposed, visablity is also improving. The fish have been keyed in on bigger brighter baitfish patterns and a few have been willing to come up top for a fly. I had the wonderful day taking my dad and son down the river, it will be one of those days to remember. We are on track for great late summer fishing. I only have a handful of scattered dates still open for fishing the Kankakee before I leave for salmon season on the Pere Marquette. If you have any interest in fighting kings in close quarters there are spots for that open as well. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

  

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Week of July 7, 2015

It's been a busy few weeks. Fishing has been great most days and a typical carp game on others. Lots of 20lb class fish have been taken along with a fair amount of 30+'s My time here is nearing the end quickly so this will be my last report from here for the year. The fish remain to be caught and chased in both flooded grass and on the flats. We had a angler who is a well accomplished angler, he was blown away with the variety with the ways to fish these fish here. The rivers are on the way down at home and should be prime for summer smallmouth action when I get back. I still have dates open for August. Internet conection on the island this year is tough so be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

  

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Week of June 14, 2015

The Island season is in full swing. The weather is our biggest obstical, clouds, fog, and swirling winds that change direction everyday are making days tough. We are finding fish everyday, but when they pop up out of the grey glare 10 feet from the boat it makes things..., sporty lets say. West coast Mark and Jay spent the last week fishing with me Jay had the hot rod a couple days, Mark felt the pull a few times but somthing happend. Thats the game we as fisherman play. Internet conection on the island this year is tough so be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

  

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Week of May 31, 2015

I've arrived!!!!! The boat ride over was rougher than sh*t but we made it. The new living quarters are supper nice. I've only been able to scout for a couple days and what I've found is spectacular. The water levels are up, I would guess a foot or more and the fish are loving it. Everything else hasn't changed a bit in a years time here, this place is something special. Internet conection this year is tough so be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

 

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Week of May 24, 2015

Well we battled through the high off colored water, had some tough days and some good ones. The river is dropping and clearing, for now anyways more rain is coming. I'm sure it will be in prime shape when I return in late July. For now my gears have switched and it's all about the big pond, the island life, and carp for the next two months. I'll get a report up from there as soon as I can. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

 

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Week of May 14, 2015

High dirty water is plaguing the week. Normally high water is my friend in the spring but this is out of control. The river has crested and is on the way down so I'm hopeful for trips this weekend and next week. Before all of this rain nonsense the river was fishing great and big fish were abundant. Crayfish patterns were the key to success. The word from the island is the water is warming and carp are in the shallows already which is ahead of last season. The days are flying by and I'll be there in no time. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates at https://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

 

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Week of May 1, 2015

Finally, good weather and GREAT fishing. The river is producing big numbers and big fish every float. Stripping streamers is way more productive than anything else. There is a tremendous amount of floating weed in the middle section of the river already this season. Checking your flies is a must. The island life is less than a month away and packing preparations have started. Be sure to follow us on FaceBook for daily updates athttps://m.facebook.com/GrabYourFly?_ft_

 

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Week of April 15, 2015

Back at it and the weather and fishing is great. The Kankakee is producing nice fat, healthy fish every float. They have been keyed in on baitfish for the most part. I only have May 4, 6, and 13 open if you want to get in on some spring time toads. August dates are filling up already, hot summer days filled with a great top water bite. Don't miss out! On a carp note a few have showed up and are willing to eat. It was nice to break the carp cherry for 2015. The Beaver Island season cant get here soon enough.

 

Stay safe and Tight lines, Captain Austin