JUST RETURNED FROM OUR APRIL MICHIGAN STEELHEADING ADVENTURE, PART TWO OF THREE WITH MAY TO FOLLOW.
WE WERE GREETED WITH A TOUGH SET OF CIRCUMSTANCES: A HIGH PRESSURE WEATHER DOME, CLEAR NIGHTS WITH A FULL MOON, 18 TO 21 DEGREE NITES & MORNINGS, VERY LOW & CLEAR WATER, SKITTISH FISH, AN ELECTRIFIED LAMPREY WEIR IN PLACE.
IN SPITE OF MY LISTED ADVERSITIES, GUIDE ROLLERMAN CHAMPIONED EACH OF MY THREE DAYS WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF BOLD BRASSY BUCKS AND BRIGHTLY STAR SPANGLED HENS. WE WERE IN DOUBLE DIGITS EACH DAY, NETTING PERHAPS A THIRD TO A HALF. THIS IS GREAT SPORT, TOSSING #8 & #10 FLIES & EGG PATTERNS UNI-KNOTTED TO 6# & 8# TIPPET WITH AN 8 WEIGHT FLY ROD.
Thanks for the pics. I enjoy fishing with your "guidance" and watch you do "what you do". You are the best at what you do. Good luck with your Alaska summer.
Charles W. Crouch
I want to thank you for all the memories you provide to your customers. What you give can never be replaced. I think of the trip to Alaska many times, and it always brings a smile to my face. Keep up the good job, and will talk to you soon.
Your friend always,
James B. Downs
Well this year totals up to the best steelie success yet. Five days in two trips, 26 steelhead landed. Heck alot better than last year with five days and only 5 steelhead landed. My total steelhead count is 142. How fast we reach 200 depends on if we have future success like this year or like last year.
Just think, 142 steelhead in 8 years means at that yearly average we will be fishing 48 more years to reach 1000. You will be 88 years old and I will be 103. You better stay in shape.
Thanks for the good year. R. Brock
P.S. We want them all
THIS YEAR WILL BE MY 4TH YEAR ALASKAN ALAGNAK AND 7TH YEAR MICHIGAN PM STEELHEAD & SALMON WITH PM OUTFITTERS!
YOUR PROFESSIONAL GUIDESMANSHIP HAS GIVEN A BIG BOOST TO MY FISHING FUN AND HAS CERTAINLY BEEN A BROADENING EXPERIENCE FOR ME.
JUST KEEP THEM FISH A COMIN' & FLIP AN EXTRA ALAGNAK PANCAKE MY WAY FROM TIME-TO-TIME........... WITH A DUCK LUNCH COME MARCH STEELIE TIME!
SLEUTHING SPRING STEEL
April 18, 2004
This Steelhead river adventure launched on 4/12/04 at 6:00 a.m. for three consecutive 13 hour days of sleuthing secreted, graveled haunts; known only to that guide of guides, David the Rollerman. His partner, Cinder the Rollerdog, joined us to give that extra edge with her keen senses of sight/sound/smell.
River was low, cold, and clear; hardly favored water conditions for a fresh fish frenzy epic. At first light we drifted to stealth sleuth the serpentine waters for a pod or pair of finny critters to pursue. A 20 degree F. frost fiend plagued me with iced ferrules and stiff fingers. No amount of “hocus-pocus” or
Good morning David:
I have the dates for the guides for Yellowstone that we discussed. We will be in West Yellowstone on June 17 and 18. Please let me know as soon as possible what they have to say about availability. Linda and I were talking and that trip and it is only two months away.
You have spoiled me with steelhead now. Each day was better than the previous day! I wonder if any other fishing will ever be as exciting as this last trip on the Pere Marquette River. Hopefully another one or more of those big males that got away is in my future. I can understand why some of the clients you talked about have become steelhead fanatics! Now I want to be able to say that I have landed one hundred steelhead at some point in the future.
All has gone crazy since I am back to work this week. Wow!
With a flick of time to think, catch a breath for a moment...I find myself wishing I was with you guys on the river today. The river is the great place where things are calm (mostly) and objectives are always clear.
Last week was one of the best trips with the both of you that I can recall.
Here is to many more river outings to follow.
Hold on tight!
I don't know how you do it. But you made us another great fishing day.
Thanks, look forward to next time.
TOMMY, LOWELL & I THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL MUSKEGON RIVER STEELHEADING EXPERIENCE. COME JANUARY/FEBRUARY, 2010, WE'LL RE-BOOK A SIMILIAR MONTH OF MAY TIME-FRAME WITH YOU.
Kurt and David,
We wanted to thank you both so much for the excellent time we all had with you all this past week. Kurt you really made my daughters days with your patience and knowing how to deal with a 12 yr. old. even knowing what she would like to eat! Wow..I am very interested in coming up this Sept. for the salmon run.What do you have available as far as days and when would be the best time? Also do you have any detailed info. on your Alaska trips? Thanks again so much!
Mike, Mary,and Maggie 04/07
There is nothing more gratifying then receiving a thankyou letter from one of our "more than satisfied" customers. Their comments are the benchmark for how we are doing and how we can continue to improve. In addition, there is no higher compliment then for one of our customers to pass along our name to a friend or a relative because they had a good experience fishing with us. Here are just a few letters and "fish stories" if you will, received over the last few years.
Please let me begin by thanking you again for guiding our family and the most spectacular fishing trip we have ever been on.....
...I have enclosed one of the woolrich vests for you and David Jr. from our group. Also included is the Alaska book we spoke about (you have all winter to read it) and a pciture disc of our trip that I thought you would may enjoy. Mike put it together.
Again Davud, the trip was great and I very much appreciate all the effort you and David Jr. put into it. That's what makes it special. Have a safe winter and good fishing.....
Gratefully, Rich Simpson, Uncle Den, Mike, Joe & Nick - 09/09
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“abracadabra” could lure these early morning fish from their lair of root wads, sweepers, skimmers, dead-heads, log jams, and the like, to open water for my smorgasbord of #8 nymphs & omelets.
Near mid-morning David bellowed, “Hey mister, lookee here….we’ve got fish!!” After David’s repeated visual instructions, I finally spied our quarry with only their tail fins visible at the very edge of a sunspot. Only a Rollerman/dog trained eye could have detected such a Metalhead “tell-tale/tail”(pun intended!); I was elated! Our close encounter heightened to a tiptop when: David spat his fine-cut, wintergreen chaw…. Cinder froze…. I prepped myself…. then, finally, David gave me “the word”. My bugs flew true to the target plan; upstream 15 feet to avoid a spook and allow for a sink-rate to sweep & meet the bottom Buck on his snout, hidden from our view somewhere in the shadows. It worked like charm.
Later on we managed to net a radiant, freshly minted, dime-brite gem of a fish; more like a mirrored hologram than a fish! We observed that such a seldom seen fish appears ghost-like in water and is easily passed-up by folks like me.
Our days were enhanced with choice river eats; venison brats, twice marinated grilled mallard breasts wrapped in jowl bacon, 12 minute boiled banana peel eggs, Kentucky Karen fudge brownies & chocolate chip cookies, and tasty munchy morsel treats for Cinder.
As a daily drill, we sight-sleuthed bright gravel for fresh fish all 3 thirteen hour days in a dogged passion pursuit for those grinning metalheads. Though scarce by my past 5 year expectations (I’m spoiled!), I whipped the waters with my 9 foot 9 inch 8 wt. in a conventional rig-up …… and, with David’s immaculately hand-built, 10 foot 7 weight, sporting a “strike indicator” followed by tandem hitched bugs. His rig is a deadly combo, given a situation demanding precise placement presentation with a circuitous routing: whereas; a conventional rigging cannot present correctly. “Success”, spiced with a special childhood fun factor, too!!
A uniquely, sensational finale’ gave us a bitter/sweet ending that we were in no way anticipating …... my very last cast connected to an absolutely “keeper-sized” hen in magenta/ fuchsia/rose/cerise coloring that gave me a 60 yard reel-screamer run with stout drag to tie-up in a submerged snag. Somehow, Rollerman freed my hen to test me to the nines, once again! After still another series of frenzied fish demoniacs I led her to within David’s signature range, an 8 foot-handled slam-dunk, all net, too! She fully filled his salmon net head-first; shimmering & glimmering & wriggling, when, in the wink of an eyelash, she shot thru the net bottom to vanish to those dark waters, forever!! Dumb-struck, we stood in a stunned confusion of disbelief …….. BELIEVE !!
What a fantastic photograph that hen would have given us; a “KEEPER”, to crow over !
I just wanted to say thank you for a great trip. This truly was a trip of a "lifetime". Although I do plan on repeating it. You and David (Autocast) took very good care of us. The whole experience was awesome.....