A Day on the Water

April 28 8mm Beads, 6 Steelhead Landed

The day was kind of a blur, I hooked a lot of fish on beads, landed 5 of those, landed one hooked on a jig.  The hot bead color seemed frequently to be the next bead I changed to.   All shades of dull or UV pale yellow up to very bright saturated UV yellow had some hot streak as well as an intense UV clear orange.  When you change beads it requires resting the water for a couple of minutes.  That can add to the effectiveness of showing the fish something new.   I was using a simple one bead rig...

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May 5 Tippy Steelhead Hitting Beads

 I was 2 for "4" with an asterisk on that 4 because the first steelhead I landed I had actually hooked twice.  It had the bead hooked to its mouth of the fish I had recently broke off thinking that it was foul hooked. Skilled bottom bouncers were racking up 10+ fish days.  The spot I was standing in was obviously good for landing 10+ fish to any capable bottom bouncer using beads.  I haven't bottom bounced since just before Fluorocarbon came on the seen and have not missed snagging up on the bottom. Some less capable fishermen were taking the...

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A spawning Brown & a King Salmon at Tippy, October 14

A spawning Brown & a King Salmon at Tippy, October 14

Thursday evening I fished Tippy Dam with Beads and Jigs under a bobber.  I quickly got a 4 pound spawning female Brown in 9 feet of water on a 10mm painted  yellow glow Bead.  3 hours later I got a big hen Chinook on a #6 Nuke Minnow Jig, Egg (White) color.  Only a few fishermen there to bother the fish, not many hooked.  One guy left with 3 summer run Skamania steelhead caught earlier bottom bouncing spawn.  The Salmon were jumping but mostly not biting until I got the one big hen.     Pictures to post this evening.

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Slow day at Tahquamenon, One Musky Rushed 3 different Poppers.

Slow day at Tahquamenon, One Musky Rushed 3 different Poppers.

Friday October 15 I was fishing the 5/0 Chartreuse Banger Waker-Popper through a spot I had not seen fish before, a big Musky arched his full body out of the water as she seemed to swim through the Popper without getting it in her mouth.  5 minutes later I came back with a 5/0 Black Popping Wedge, which she rushed but turned away only leaving a momentary bulge of water below the popper. An hour later I came back with a 5/0 Yellow Baitfish Bob's Banger, about 40 yards from where I found that musky, she or another musky made a...

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Tippy slow October 29, 3 Brown Trout on Yellow Beads

Tippy slow October 29, 3 Brown Trout on Yellow Beads

Some dark Coho jumping but not biting, almost all Chinook are dead.  One Fisherman in a boat fishing bobbers was 2 for 3 on steelhead in the last 45 minutes of daylight. I got 3 typical brown trout, 2 on Painted Yellow Glow Beads and one on a small Black and Grizzly insect imitating jig called an Opal Demon. In the morning, I started down river ant Rainbow Bend and nobody got anything.

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