Thursday, December 08, 2011

Fishing Reports November early December 2011

Been out fishing with clients a fair amount even with the high water. We have had some fantastic days with almost no other anglers around. Still swinging flies with good results.
The Bighead has been off the chart with fish.. It's amazing that little river get soooo many fish.
The Saugeen in every section is fishing well now that water levels are dropping to 11.
I am still offering trips and also Gift certificates for the "hard to buy for anglers "in the Family..
I've been doing a fair amount of Filming with the Mad fisher Dudes, I'll have a few commercials ready for the website soon!!
Wanting to know whats going on in the Saugeen??? I'm a pro staffer for Fishhound, I do weekly reports on conditions. Just type in Saugeen river Ontario.
Have a great Holiday
Looking forward to seeing my clients again in the New Year

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fishing report Fall 2011

Just an FYI, I do regular updates on "Fishhound" for the Saugeen river.
It's been a great fall season, lots of fish on the swing. With the current heavy rain and cold temps we should have a new bunch of fish entering the systems.
I've got openings for the fall season, give me a call or drop and info request on the web site if you're looking to get out.
I'll be at Hook, Line and Sinker this Saturday doing a tying demo , I'll be tying Musky flies and talking about the Joys of Guiding!! Too funny!!
Hope to see you

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fishing Report Quick update

With the Storms last night the river is dirty and rising.The Upper river did get a substantial amount of rain and has less than 3 inches Vis this morning.
Looks like I'll be doing some re-booking for this weekend...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fishing Report August 2011

Finally some much needed rain, although not sure if it will be enough to change levels in the upper Saugeen and other headwaters. I'm still not doing any trout guides in this area, but with the cooler nights, I may have to do a quick "drive around" and temp taking.
Bass and Musky/Pike have held up pretty good this year. Good numbers of fish and some heavy smallies around...
On another note, I feel for the residents of Goderich and surrounding area. We got hit 2 years ago with an F2 (200km winds), nothing compared to an F3!!
If you can spare a few dollars please help them out, you can't believe the hassles these people will face with the insurance company's..not many people carry wind insurance.. let alone know that they should like us.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fishing report August 2011

Man, I hate August!! The levels in the Saugeen headwaters are so low! Some sections have no flow.. still water!

The Middle section has been avoided like a bad case of crabs!! Too much pressure for my liking!

The lower section is great, good temps in some sections, great top water and big streamer action.

Have had many great days. Hooked the biggest Musky ever, lost it to a tree, landed another big big fish. lots of average fish, good to see. Looking forward to the guides coming up.

Got openings, still holding off on courses and trout fishing until we get some rain .

White t-shirt, average fish... Grey t-shirt 50 inch fish at 20 lbs!

Gotta Love Doug, he wasn't all that impressed until later!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fishing report- July 2011

The rivers in and around Markdale have hit dangerous temps for angling trout. Water levels are at August lows and I wouldn't recommend fishing them.
The Main Saugeen (Bass and Musky/Pike)waters are at 80 + temps and fishing well. Flow is good as is Clarity. Been out on all drifts doing well.Had the Largest Musky of the year on yesterday. It was all the 10 wt could do to handle this massive fish. Unfortunately we lost it to a submerged tree.
Top water action has been slow on all drifts. We can use the rain in the forecast over the next 24-48 hours. I'll be on the river doing an overnight trip this weekend. Weather looks good, should be a fun weekend for these first time fly fishers.
August is pretty much booked up and I'm starting to book steelhead trips for this fall.
I've got some new Steelhead water I'm looking forward to fishing this fall.
Looking to get out for a true Steelhead adventure, send an email or call me and we can talk about the possibilities.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Fishing report May 17th 2011

Not so much a fishing report but a rant!
So, I've tied up a new Mouse pattern and was headed down to the Rocky to try it out . Let me say this,I am so disgusted by the lack of respect for our natural resources. Yes, I realize fishing in this area is done mostly by beer drinking idiots that can carry a 6 pack in, but can't seem to find room to pack it out!! WTF!!! Not only beer cans but broken liquor bottles smashed right on the trail, worm boxes, cigarette butts..ya I smoke,but I rip the filter off and put the filter in my pocket until I get home and put them in the garbage..
So,I know that virtually everybody that reads this is a responsible person... not sure what I need to do to get people to be a little more environmentally sensitive...
Anyway, didn't try the Mouse.... I'll do it on another river.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fishing report Spring 2011

Funny thing.... I'm not dead!! Yes, I'm still guiding and doing a pretty good amount of it!

In all seriousness, I'm still getting questions if I'm still guiding.. yes.. yes I am.

I've heard plenty of rumors and stories, some are pretty ugly. Not going to get into details,I'm okay busy with the house when I can fit it in. Val and I should be living in the house by July.

So, we've had a lot of high water, it's kept me off the river for a few days. Had some good trip and some bad trips, mostly due to conditions.I have this thing where I won't take clients out if the chances are slim.. so I don't.

The Brook tout sections of the Saugeen are heavily fished this year. Too many fish leaving in plastic bags, lots of garbage left stream side... gotta wander why the land owners are getting upset??

If I could ask for one thing... it would be to have all fishermen ask for permission before fishing private property.

I'm sure if someone walked through your back yard .. you'd be out in a heartbeat asking what and why the hell are you on my property?? Keep that in mind..although I highly doubt that most of the people I see are looking at my blog!

I've been lucky to have a few repeat clients out again this year, The most recent was Graham.

Graham is a "salt of the earth" kinda guy. You couldn't ask for a better person to hang out with for a day. He's a good caster, a great guy and a hell of an angler overall.

We've done a drift to get him some good Brown trout before, but this year it all came together.

The day started slow, we had a few fish come to the fly but not eat. That was until the sun went down a bit and darkness was just an hour away. Using streamers, I had Graham casting to heavy wooded structure. Deep pools with moderate flow seemed to be the key. At one section of the river I had some good success in,I warned Graham about "high probability" water ahead.. and it was, shortly after his second cast he hooked a Brown , I didn't see anything of the fish but did see the rod pound down and the obvious signs of heavy head shakes from a good fish.. then off. The fish was gone.. Graham being Graham.. looked at me shook his head and started casting again.. It wasn't too long before he set on another good fish. This one's bigger he said.. again a few head shakes and gone...

So, two big fish out of the same pool.. "we should go" I said.. find another pool that has a hungry fish.. not 20 minutes later he's into a fish of a life time.. This brown hit so hard and fast! Graham did everything right, it was great to watch as he landed his biggest Brown trout ever.

Good times, I'm still smiling about that trip.. I will for awhile.

On another note, I'll be at the Walkerton Sportsman show again this year.. hope some of you drop by and say hello!