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While hot wings, pizza, and any other great party foods were flying off of counters into the living room of millions of people, this past Super Bowl Sunday, guide Blake Roller had his own way of celebrating, and creating his own pre game show.  He was joined by his dad (my youngest brother) Shawn (pictured above) and Randy, as the trio hit the Peré Marquette River. Steelhead and Brown trout were hitting harder than the Denver Bronco defense, and is short period of time, the guys did extremely well.  With a couple of warm days back to back, a few fish were also found on redds, as one of the steelhead Randy caught, was one of the darkest fish we’ve caught this year.  The guys watched the hen come off the redd and smack the lure, only to very quickly come unhooked and the dark male followed in tow and ate the faux intruder.  These kind of weather patterns don’t stay long, but there are also many more coming before the mad rush of spring hits in just a little more than a month. Now the cold north winds are blowing again giving us near the Lake Michigan shoreline 8 to 10 inches of snow. It won’t last long and in a few days we’ll be playing in above freezing temperatures again, fishing steelhead.

Tight Lines!  David L. Roller


February 4

The past few days we’ve enjoyed warmer weather, well above freezing.  A couple of days ago, we had 5 inches of snow dumped on us in a couple of hours in the evening, and then it turned to rain.  With excessive snow melt and rain, the Peré Marquette River was higher as well as much dirtier with about 2 feet of visibility.  Mitt Drew and Sean McNally fished with me and fly rods, floating lines, and indicators were top priority. The morning started out at 27 degrees and it would only get colder through out the rest of the day.  It wasn’t long after the first line was cast, the snow started flying, coming down fast as snow started accumulating in the boat.  About every seven or eight casts, the ice build up in the guides of the rods had to be knocked out.  The second run of the day, Sean hooked up and instantly the steelhead raced down stream, farther than I anticipated, to the point pulling anchor and a small chase was necessary, but soon Sean was winning and we put our first fish in the net.  Sean would hook up again, only to come unbuttoned, and then Mitt kept the pace going as he put our second fish of the morning to the net.  After three more runs the cold started to creep in and the plug rods came out.  Things went pretty quick for the next few runs as we would loose three steelhead in a row.  On the first fish running plugs, in the process of the fight, one of my plug rods got knocked in the water and in an instant was swallowed up by the river.  With murky water conditions, seeing it was out of the question.  With the anchor down, we put the rods two working rods back into action, only hoping that ‘maybe’ the action of a hot-n-tot would dig deep enough to find 30 feet of monofilament from the sunken rod.  Within minutes, the vibration of the left rod stopped, like it had connected with a leaf.  As Mitt started reeling in to check it out, the orange colored line that was on my reel come to the top, hooked into our hot-n-tot.  Unbelievably so, we salvaged the rod from the bottom of a run, and were back in action with three rods working off the bow. Two more fish on and a couple of nice brown trout made the rest of the day and once we hit Barothy Lodge, the guys knew the hot tub and a stiff drink were in order, and I floated to the launch.  Further upstream, guide Blake Roller, had the ‘new’ guys in Mitt’s group.  This would be their first time steelheading and with in a fish or two, Larry would put their first one in the net.  Then the steelhead started winning.  They would land a brown trout, and loose a couple of steelhead, lands another brown, and looses another steelhead.  The new guys hit more fish than we did, lost a monster and one out of eight steelhead made it to the net.  All in a days work, the four guys had a fun time, a great experience at Barothy Lodge, as well as a great experience on the Peré Marquette River.  Winter steelheading is as unpredictable as our crazy weather.  Don’t try and predict the ‘best’ day.  The best time to go winter steelheading is when you can.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


February 2

Nate Speith (pictured above) and Cody Showalter, from “Wrestling Addix”  a company specializing in wrestling uniforms (and expanding to football), from Lowell, MI were with me today, the first time I’ve been on the river since the cold front hit.  The past few days, warmer temps and rain have dominated the Peré Marquette River, ridding of it shelf ice, anchor ice, and the ice dam below Scottville that put the lower river area into flood warning stage.  The clear skies early this morning and through the night, gave way to frosty conditions early, and a lot of ‘black ice’ on the roads.  While I was in a quandary this morning on whether to use the drift boat or my 20’ Go-Devil, I made the right choice as the snow melt and rain had colored up the river nicely, more of a milky color over tea color.  The lower river was much worse. We were loaded for everything as the guys brought their center pin rods to drift and I had my ‘plug rods’ loaded and ready in my boat storage.  We started out ‘drifting’ with floats.  Cody ran jigs and wax worms, Nate with spawn.  After fishing the whole morning, we ended up with a couple of crushed spawn bags and one bite that striped a wax worm off the jig.  Cody landed a brown trout, which gave us a little hope the bite might start, but that was the best we could do.  So after lunch, we decided to break out the plug rods and our day turned around for the better in a quick hurry.  The second run we hit, a large female smashed the ‘plug’ and instantly the chrome steelhead turned for the left bank and become airborne.  After we worked the fish around a small cluster of logs underwater, the bright, fresh hen made it to Cody’s brand new net that we wanted try out, and it worked flawlessly.  The fourth run, Nate boated a nice 8 pound male that was just starting to sport spawning colors.  We were looking pretty as we still had some great water ahead.  Then, steelhead have a way of humbling us.  Cody proceeded to hook into three nice steelhead, two of which were in a minute or two of being netted and managed to shake free of our lures with two treble hooks attached, and a very nice steelhead that snapped the line.  All in a great day spent on the river and taking advantage of the ‘warmer’ weather that made the day extremely comfortable.  Another cold front is on the fringe with more snow coming.  However as long as we can get a boat in the water, we’ll be on plenty this next month and looking forward to it, no matter the weather. We’ll be out again on Thursday; we’re putting on a small rod building clinic early next week, then back on the water Wednesday the 10th.  It’s going to be a busy month.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


January 7

Long time friend and retired guide of Peré Marquette Outfitters, Steve Goerner, from Montgomery, IL was up the past couple of days to enjoy some winter steelheading.  Along with him was his friend John Holman, also from the Montgomery, IL area and together the two fished with Crocket the first day and with me today.  Yesterday, a quick trip on the water, John (Pictured above) boated the only fish out of five or six steelhead on.  Today, in warmer than average temps (quite comfortable), we set out to do a little better and get John into a ‘few’ more fish.  We worked ‘bankers’ hours as we had lines in the water by 9 a.m. The first four fish would somehow give us the slip, even when we would have them close to ‘net’ time, they would come unbuttoned.  Odds were on our side and finally John connected with one that stayed on from start to finish.  After loosing another fish, and the guys wanting to get on the road early for the drive back to Illinois, I hit a run on the way back to the launch that we had passed up.  It wasn’t long, as the three rods were working, tips vibrating in the air as our ‘plugs’ were diving deep, the center rod went down and John was quickly on it.  A nice 8 pound male, after a series of good runs, made it to the net, and shortly after 2 p.m. we headed to the launch.  John and Steve had a great three days.
Further upriver, Crocket, Kalisha, and good friend Loye Carter hit the river, taking advantage of the nice weather. Fishing leisurely, they put four nice Peré Marquette River steelhead to the net, the largest landed by Kalisha. 
We have a couple nice days left before the temperature starts to drop on us.  I’ll be out again Saturday running switch rods and indy rigs as well as doing a little swinging.  I’m sure, even in the much colder temps coming next week, as long as we don’t lock up with ice, we’ll make it out; that’s what we do.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


January 3

Under a “winter weather advisory” the four guys from Indianapolis, IN switched things around today between Crockett and I.  I fished with Eric again but instead of Ed Reagan, I had the pleasure of fishing with Eric’s fourteen year old nephew Arman.  Crocket would fish with Ed and Armand, Eric’s brother and they spend the day fishing bobbers and spawn, and successfully I might add.  It has been a great two day steelhead event on the Peré Marquette River for these guys as they put a lot of steelhead to the net. Including in the excitement of it all was Crockett’s “double” in which both Ed and Armand had steelhead on at the same time and managed to put both in the net.  It hasn’t been easy the past two days.  While it has been warmer than last year’s standards, winter is trying to sink its teeth in.  However with mild temperatures intermittently coming in, we should have a great winter steelhead season.  Winter’s a great time of the year to be out chasing steelhead.  Boat traffic is down and at times like today, the stretch of the Peré Marquette River we chose to fish was ours.  We didn’t see another angler or boat all day.  It doesn’t get any better!

Tight Lines!  David Roller


January 2

A group of guys from Indiana started the New Year out right as they headed north on New Year’s Day to fish with us.  Eric Angeles and Ed were up here just before Christmas and had to have another quick steelhead fix.  Eric’s brother and nephew (father and son team pictured above) were eager to join and it would be 14 year old Armon’s first time on the Peré Marquette River, who has wanted to come up here for quite some time.  We had to work hard for what we caught today.  On the lower river, Eric, Ed and I struggled with “lite bites” as we turned 6 fish through out the day, but the guys each managed to land a nice Steelhead.  Further up stream, Crocket fished with Armand and his fourteen year old son Arman and while they didn’t turn a lot of fish, they landed just about everything that bit as the father and son duo landed five nice steelhead.  The six of us will be at it again tomorrow, taking advantage of the ‘warmer’ weather before the next little cold front comes in, but by next weekend, we are supposed to be back in the mid to upper 30’s, another reason to get back on the river.  More tomorrow!

Tight Lines!  David Roller


December 26

I hope everyone out there had a very Merry Christmas.  It was a good one for the whole Roller family despite the fact that Karen and I were out of power for due to high winds exceeding 60 mph at times, since Thursday night and it finally got turned back on about 5 p.m. today.  We didn’t miss a beat however as we celebrated Christmas with my mom’s, at the old Roller homestead by the middle branch of the Peré Marquette River on Christmas Eve and Christmas day found Karen and I in our tree stands bow hunting.  Since we were out of electric this morning, we got up and headed to the river for a few hours as I wanted to check out the lower river to see if had improved since the water had went down since last Monday when Eric, Ed and I had a tough go of it the day after we had a stellar performance of boating 9 steelhead.
The temps were falling today with high in the mid 30’s but with the clearer water conditions, I felt hopeful.  With in fifteen minutes, Karen had landed our first fish of the day and while the water temps had cooled, the fish fought hard, like a fall steelhead should.  We missed another fish in the same run, fished our second run and it was empty.  Our third run, the wind had started to kick in, with a little mist in the air and as the wind had kicked the stern of the boat towards a small log jamb, the middle rod went buckling down and before I could say Fish ON!  Karen had the rod and the chrome steelhead came airborne in fall fashion.  As the steelhead came toward us and leaning towards the small log jamb, Karen quickly moved the rod low and left and quickly the steelhead was mid river and for the moment playing on our side of the court.  As I cleared the other rods, and grabbed the net, the fish was soon played out as it ran deep under the boat and soon after we had our second fish to the net.  With in a couple of hours we boated 2 steelhead, missed another and we were happy to beat the rain, so we headed to the launch.  Tomorrow is the last day of our “late season” for waterfowl in the ‘southern zone’ with 20 mph north winds predicted, so we’ll head south for the final time this year and in the morning be setting in a marsh, hoping to bring back a few more greenheads for dinner.
While the temps are cooling, the steelhead fishing should remain good as the water level drops and clears a bit.  I’ll be on the water this Tuesday with Robert Starr from Beverly Hills, MI and Eric and friend Ed and company will be with Crocket and I on the second and third of January taking advantage of open water and what appears to be a great year for winter Steelhead.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


December 22

It’s hard to believe a year ago, our steelhead fishing on the Peré Marquette River had just about come to a halt as the lower river had “locked up” with ice and “anchor ice” was flowing freely throughout most of the river.  But that was last year and we are definitely taking advantage of the warmer weather.  Instead of snow storms we’re having rain which is keeping the water level to very good fishing conditions as Eric Angeles (pictured above) and his friend Ed, both from the Indianapolis Indiana area, found out on Sunday.  Eric is no stranger to the Peré Marquette River as he has been with us several times, and the past two days he introduced his friend Ed to what all the hype about steelhead fishing is all about.  Ed got to see both sides of the coin, as we had a stellar day on Sunday and there was never a dull moment.  However yesterday, the lower river humbled us fiercely as we switched gears; hit the lower river, where I had been doing very well all fall.  Only one of two things could have happened, either the higher water pushed the steelhead farther up river or they were just not on the bite, and I have to believe the first case scenario.  It has been a long time since I could not put a fish in the net, and yesterday was one of those days, and I can’t think of a time where I’ve worked so hard.  The day looked positive as the third run we hit, we had 3 nice hits on the plug rods, but then we worked for the next six hours with not as much as a ‘fishy’ twitch on the rods.  Then about 3 p.m. the center rod goes smashing down and a large colored buck steelhead was on the line, thrashing nicely on the surface.  Everything looked right, Ed was on the rod and I really felt we would finally put a fish in the net.  As I’m dropping anchor and grabbing the net, I heard Ed’s heart breaking voice, knowing the fish had come un buttoned, as the three of us just stood in the boat in disbelief.  We had touched 5 fish briefly through out the day and darkness was upon us and we headed back to the launch, thankful of the day we had the day before.  I’ve preached it many times and Eric reiterated last night at the launch, which is why you book two days. Quite often both days are good, but rarely are both days tough, and the two guys headed home knowing and feeling they had a good trip.  Eric will be back in very early January, and in tow days time, we’ll find fish and have a great time, enjoying this weather and everything the Peré Marquette River has to offer.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


December 18

The last ten days has been busy. We duck hunted the last day of our two day “late season” in Ludington, MI and although somewhat poor conditions, Crocket, Karen, and I had a very good hunt on Green heads, a Black Duck, a Gadwall, and a Green Winged Teal on the 13th of December.  While I spent time in the tree stand, during our Muzzle loading season, Crocket was chasing steelhead both on the Muskegon River and the Pere Marquette, doing very well.  I’ve been watching a couple of decent bucks and yesterday morning, I harvested a seven point with my “Tradition’s” muzzle loader.  I’ll be bow hunting on and off through the first of the year.
The rains we had several days ago, made for muddy conditions on the PM for a few days which has given way to prime conditions now, despite the cold weather the past couple of days.  On the 17th of December, Crocket and Loye Carter (pictured above) caught some nice steelhead on the Muskegon, and then yesterday the duo did extremely well on the Pere Marquette River, despite the 24 degree high for the day with wind and snow.  While we have the coldest conditions so far this winter, it will give way to temps back in the 40’s which will make for some very comfortable steelhead fishing.
I’ll be on the water this Sunday and Monday, then on the 26th and 27th, we are into our final two days of the 2015 waterfowl season as we hunt in the ‘southern’ zone for the final two day late season. Then back on to steelhead the weekend after New Year’s Day. 
Our Alaskan bookings are coming in strong, as we are finalizing the purchase of Alagnak Wilderness Camp which will give us a great summer, including some early September waterfowl hunting and a couple of “self-guided” moose hunts.
Whether it’s fishing our Michigan winter for steelhead or spending a week during the summer at our camp in Alaska, come join us for some great fishing.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


December 8

Santa Clause visited the Peré Marquette River today as he took a little break from working as he prepares for the “big day” on the 25th of this month and Karen and I had the pleasure of fishing with him and Mrs. Clause.  Within 48 hours, we’ve switched gears from waterfowl back to steelhead and the river didn’t disappoint.   The river has finally come down to decent levels again after the hard rains around Thanksgiving weekend.  While the river is still up, it has the perfect stain with a handful of new fish to go with it.  Santa started the day off with our first fish and Mrs. Clause was soon to follow.  Then it was Karen’s turn and it didn’t take long and she had put our third fish to the boat.  Within 5 hours we put five nice steelhead to the boat and had lost a couple and by 3 p.m. due to Santa’s deadlines, he had to call it a day.
A little farther up river, Crocket was fishing and had a decent morning as well.  The fishing has been good and with the weather pattern and ten day forecast, I think we are well on our way to be able to fish all winter long, unlike the past two.  The rest of the month will be busy as we have a two day late season waterfowl hunt lined up for both the middle zone (Ludington, MI) and the southern zone shortly after Christmas (Muskegon, MI).  Hope you can take a little time out of your busy schedule and join us.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


December 7

It’s been a very busy late November early December and my apologies for time frame in between “up to the minute” as I’ve been chasing ducks through out the southern part of Michigan as we ended the regular waterfowl season this past weekend.  In the mean time, Crocket has been hot after Steelhead this past week and doing quite well.  Pictured above is Kalisha Fisher, Crocket’s girlfriend, with one of four steelhead that she landed on the 4th of this month.  The river finally came down enough to clear to a nice tea color and made for some great steelheading.  Our rifle season for deer ended the end of November and we harvested some nice bucks on the family property just east of Baldwin.  Kurt got the biggest with a nice 12 point he shot in the middle of a rain storm at 4:20 in the afternoon on the 20th of November.  He also got a nice 8 point with his bow in late October.  Karen Showalter also shot a nice 8 point on the deer opener hunting with me.  With two of his tines broken off, fighting with other bucks, it should have been a 10 point.  My nephew and guide Blake Roller arrowed a very nice buck as well during the bow season in early November.  Honorable mention goes to Kayla Roller, my niece, with a nice doe she arrowed during the bow season in early November.  We have two, two day late season duck hunts coming up later this month but most of our focus will be on December steelhead and getting ready for our newly purchased camp in Alaska, on the famed Alagnak River.  The bookings are coming in quickly and 2016 looks like it’s going to be another GREAT year.  Hope you can join us!

Tight Lines!  David Roller


Nomember 17

It's been a busy weekend from steelhead, ducks and a nice buck.  More to come tomorrow.

November 13

We fought through gale force winds, hard driving rain, rain snow mix, hard pelting sleet, in search of Steelhead and through it all we fought fish, which made it feel sunny and 75 degrees.  With our crew spread out over 50 miles of Peré Marquette River we managed to put 17 Steelhead to the net, not all bad in a days work with the best crew of guides working on the river.  Everyday a few more steelhead enter the system as well as migrate farther upstream, spreading themselves thin.  However, the upper river is starting to see a few more fish.  November is starting to show itself with weather, waterfowl, and of course on of our favorite fish, the Steelhead.  We have put well over fifty steelhead to the net at this point and if we don’t lock up early in December like last year, we could have a great winter fishery.  November is almost at the half way point and we plan on being on the river or in a duck blind to utilize every day left.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


November 12

The wind gusts are here as the colder winds from the west/northwest hits Michigan.  But we pursued onward in search of chrome as we had three boats on the water scattered through out the Peré Marquette watershed.  Dan Card fished long time customer (30 years with Peré Marquette Outfitters) and friend Mike Norris and his son Brad, fishing indy rigs with floating lines.  Even in the wind, which is not easy with heavy floating fly lines, the guys managed to put three nice steelhead to the boat.  Crocket fished further down river as he also landed three nice steelies and I fished Mitt Drew and Ben Hannewyk (pictured above).  Mitt and Ben are the third generation of family and friends who have been coming up to Barothy lodge fishing for fall steelhead for the past 50 years and I’m honored to be part of that tradition.  We have four boats out tomorrow, fighting wind and some rain, and I’m sure we’ll also be fighting some steelhead.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


November 10

The last couple of days are what November is all about to Peré Marquette Outfitters, ducks and steelhead. While there hasn’t been a significant run of fish or nice batch of flight ducks coming down, the hunting and fishing has been pretty good as of late.  Two days ago Crocket and I had a good morning shoot and yesterday, Karen Showalter and I had a decent morning shoot as well, especially for the lack of wind, shooting 2 mallard, 2 redheads, and unloading the shotguns on a couple.  John Kirby and his two friends Mike and John fished with Crocket yesterday and had a decent day with all three guys landing a nice steelhead and having a few on the hook. Today the Cincinnati trio fished with me and all in all we had a great day.  The morning presented itself with a hard frost, one of the first really for us.  The steelhead didn’t mind as we started hitting fish right out of the gate, frost and all.  By days end we landed 6 steelhead and one northern pike, included in the mix was a large thirteen pound male that Mike caught pictured above.  Heavy winds, up to 50 mph on the lake shore coming this Thursday and Friday with a cold front moving in.  I have a hunch the week of the 15th should be a good one both on the waterfowl front and steelhead.  We’re certainly going to be part of it.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


November 8

With a couple of days off this past Friday and Saturday, we do what we do best and that’s duck hunting and steelhead fishing, preparing for the rest of the month to come. Yesterday, Kris Martin and Dan Holland (pictured above) joined me to some indicator fishing for Steelhead.  We poked and prodded the lower river looking for chrome.  It hasn’t been easy as of late as the fish are moving through about as quickly as they come on the river system.  But by days end we had found some as we landed two nice Steelhead and putting a hook into four others.  Mean while a little farther upstream, Crocket enjoyed a day off and decided to do a little fishing and put four nice steelhead to the net in fairly short order.  Today Crocket and I spent a little father/son time in the duck blind as he’s been anxiously waiting to try out his new Benelli Super Nova pump shotgun.  With yesterday’s cold and very gusty winds, a few new ducks had showed up and today we had a little fun, spending the morning in my duck blind.  We shot 3 wood ducks (surprisingly still here), 3 mallards, and a Gadwall.  While not as windy as yesterday, there was enough breeze to make a few birds finish and decoy well.  Karma, my Black Labrador Retriever, is in good shape and doing well with her third season well on her way.  As an honorable mention, my nephew and guide Blake Roller arrowed a nice 8 point buck a few days ago as well as my brother Kurt, who is back in the guide circuit, doing some work for us again.  We have a great month planned out, enjoying everything western Michigan has to offer, hope you can join us!

Tight Lines!  David Roller


November 4

It’s been a wild ride the past two days going from pretty easy steelhead fishing (if there is such a thing) on Tuesday to us working our butts off today.  Yesterday between Crocket and I running two boats, we boated thirteen nice steelhead, today was a little different as we never touched a fish much before noon.  But we kept on working away and by days end we boated five steelhead, Crocket putting two nice fish to the net including the one pictured above that Greg caught.  Tom Ewers, owner of Buckeye Western Star in Powel, OH and his son Todd fished with me and we put the first three fish to the net unlike yesterday where we lost the first three.  The group was with us last year, a week later and experienced November weather with ice, snow, and rain.  For what we lacked in fish numbers this go around, the beautiful, 70 degree weather and steelhead fighting as hard as they do, made for a very nice two day spread to spend on the Peré Marquette River. With the rains we received a week ago, the lower river is still in really good shape with a nice stain and up about 8 to 10 inches, but coming down.  With the beautiful warm weather, I feel that few fish are coming in daily from Lake Michigan BUT it is still early and mid November should be as good as we had it last year.  With the warm weather comes warmer water temps and I must say that the fish we are hooking into are HOT! to say the very least.  The jumps have been nothing but spectacular with hard driving runs that make reels scream. 
On the waterfowl end, while we are not seeing many flight ducks around, there are a fair amount of mallards around that are roosting for the night in the areas we are hunting as we see them flying out just before legal shooting time.  Pending weather, some ducks return mid morning as we are able to shoot a few ducks every morning.  With a little cold weather and some north winds, we should be able to finish out our duck season with some great shooting.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


November 3

We've been busy the past two weeks and the transition from Kings to Steelhead and waterfowl has been fun to say the least.  Steelhead are just coming in in reliable numbers to make a decent day.  Pictured above is Karen Showalter from Mount Pleasant, MI, owner of Karen's Cuts and Curls.  I didn't know she had a little of "Annie Oakley" in her as she found out first hand what our cast adn blasts are all about.  November will come and go way too fast, so get out and enjoy one of my favorite months of the year.  More to come...

Tight Lines!  David Roller

October 20

Pictured above are newly married John and Amy Livingston from Ohio, celebrating their first year anniversary…with me!  There is a history however, because of everyone that I have had the pleasure of being in my boat over the years, John’s dad, Gary Livingston and I have been fishing together since I was 17 or 18 years old, some 34 years ago.  Back when I had the store in the late 80’s, I can remember when John was about four years old with he, his brother and his Dad stood in front of the store and I took a Polaroid picture of the ‘moment’.  My how time flies and the fun we have had over the years and today was one of many trips that John has been with me, but this would be his first time on the Muskegon River.  So his beautiful wife Amy had never caught a ‘big’ fish, let alone on the fly rod, so we had one goal in mind today.  It wasn’t about numbers; it was that one big fish we could get for Amy.  So the learning curve began early in the morning, being able to manage line and just make the cast.  With in 30 minutes of the day, Amy had her first ‘big’ fish of the day to the net, but we could do better.  As the day went on, and struggling with a few ‘walk-ins’, and low, slow water, we finally found a nice group of Kings in deep gravel and our day really ramped up.  While we lost some really nice Kings as the learning curve increased, Amy came through with a nice fresh hen (pictured above) and our day was a complete success.  They are now expecting their fist child and another round of “third generation” will be fishing with me, I’m sure, just a handful of years down the road.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 19

Crocket and I had another good day on the Muskegon River fishing Kings. While there are isolated places with small pockets of Kings a lot of empty redds, there are also areas with a lot of fish.  Fishing pressure hasn’t been too bad and the weather wise, it was an absolutely beautiful day, one of those autumn days you wished you were on the river fishing.  While breezy, the sun was out and you could feel it, and it just felt good being outdoors.  The Columbus boys were back at it on their second day with us as Matt Skinner celebrated his twentieth year with us, fishing with Jessie, his son in law.  Thom Ries is no stranger with us, with many trips on both the Peré Marquette and Muskegon Rivers, bringing a friend of his, Dave Walker, which would be Dave’s first time fishing Kings and certainly not his last. We are having a great time fishing up our 2015 Michigan salmon season.  The fish look healthy, unstarved, and of decent proportion and size.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 18

We have migrated to the Muskegon River now for the duration of the salmon season and it has not disappointed us.  Crocket started down there about 5 days ago and hasn’t looked back.  With much warmer water temps and fresh Kings coming in almost daily, the Muskegon has give us our biggest numbers of fish per day this season so far.  Most of the fish are in great shape to say the least with a small handful of fish that are spent.   The “crowds” have been extremely tolerable with times we’ve had the river to ourselves as some of the guides are strictly fishing steelhead, hitting 0 to 5 fish a day, with most days they are hooking one or two fish.  We’ll stay on Kings for a while, but steelhead season is near.  Next week we’ll start as well as our waterfowl season, but keeping a close eye on the Muskegon Kings for those who would like to hook more than a couple of fish a day.  Weather has been seasonably cool with our first snow fall on this past Saturday as it spit snow before daylight and then again in the afternoon.  Yesterday was a beautiful October day as we experienced a chilly morning which made for a beautiful sunrise and a lot of fog coming off the river due to warm water temps.  The sun was out as we topped in the fifty degree range and it was an exceptional pleasure to be on the river. 
We’ll be at it again tomorrow with the Columbus, Ohio boys as Matt Skinner enjoys his 20th year anniversary of fishing with Peré Marquette Outfitters.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 16

It is mid October and the weather is finally feeling like it, in fact tomorrow they are even talking a rain/snow mix…time to really layer up.  We have been having guides on both the Muskegon and Peré Marquette rivers now and fishing more gravel than fishing the lower river.  The nice thing is that most of the fish we are catching are clean and everyday we see a few more new fish showing up.  No question the Peré Marquette Kings are waning as we are seeing fewer and fewer fish, but plenty to make a decent day.  The Muskegon River has just fired up with decent pods of fish on gravel and we are going to shift gears and finish off the salmon season there until our cast and blasts start, which is just around the corner.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 14

More to come tomorrow on a more in-depth report, but the lower PM is still producing fresh Kings and as we fished the Flies Only stretch in Baldwin, MI there were plenty of Kings as we had rods bent most of the day.  Despite the fact of claims our Kings are ‘starving’ in Lake Michigan, our Kings look extremely healthy.  While our numbers have been down throughout the season, no doubt, I have seen seasons that by now we were done and completely on the Muskegon River to finish out the season. While fishing the upper PM today, I watched at least a dozen fresh Kings migrating their way up river as they swam past the gauntlet of boats and fishermen. 

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 12

The lower Peré Marquette is still producing fresh Kings like the one pictured above in which over the weekend, the New Jersey boys were back in town.  Dean “Deano” Thompson has been coming up for the past 25 years fishing with us and now he has decided to come up twice in the fall with friends pictured above from left to right, Ethan, Mark Smith (4 year veteran with us) and Mark Walker.  Four of the guys were new to Michigan and with a good weekend, the boys can’t wait to come back next year.  On their second day, Crocket took three of the boys to the Muskegon River where that river is starting to pop.  A few cooler days and a little rain and it could be extremely good.  We’ll be bouncing back and forth on both rivers, and either one could take us through the end of October.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 8

It's funny how the lower river has been treating us, here today and gone tomorrow.  They were here for us today, for Crocket and I, but for DJ, who had done well yesterday, they had thinned out.  Tomorrow will see again, but we'll be out there for sure.  I'll write more tomorrow, as we're really busy so this is short and sweet.

Tight Lines!  David Roller

October 7

The days flip flop back and forth and you never know from one day to the next on how the fishing will be.  My guides that had he hot hands the past few days actually did the slowest as fish migrate out and replacements that would normally come in the next night are a day or two behind.  This morning, we had fish rolling in front of us like crazy on the lower river and thought the bite would be on… it wasn’t as we fished and fished like crazy for a bite. Just the day before, in the same run I was posted on, Jack Hunt and Jerry couldn’t do anything wrong and today, all we could do was watch the fish roll in front of us. Crocket who had been doing well, struggled to get a fish in the boat and he finally did.  It took me a while but I finally found a deep pocket of Kings that were willing to play.  Further up river, Blake Roller, who had also been doing well and seeing/catching a fair amount of Kings, also struggled.  DJ had done fairly well as well as guide Dan Card, who is dealing with too many guides in one stretch and it is not the Flies Only stretch.  Tomorrow is a different day, fish move, and we’ll see what happens.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 5

Cooler temperatures and cloudy weather has fish on the move again.  While we are still hitting steelhead like numbers, we are putting fish in the boat daily.  We’re still very busy and mostly everyone is booking again for next year knowing that we may be in for a few lean years as Michigan’s DNR is trying to sort the balance of Kings vs. Alewives (king’s diet) in Lake Michigan.  If we can retain these numbers at least, for a year or two, things will improve.  Reports are out that the Alewives’ population was on the rise this year.  Looking at the fish we are landing, they all look healthy and stout, as in they are eating well.  We’re all at it again tomorrow. 

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 3 & 4

Shirley Brock (pictured right) is no stranger to the Peré Marquette River, fishing Kings and Steelhead as she keeps her late husband’s tradition alive.  We both lost someone special last December, she lost a wonderful husband and I lost a very good friend.  Robert was a few fish short of landing five hundred steelhead with me let alone the countless number of salmon.  This weekend was a girl’s weekend as Shirley Brock and her good friend Susan (pictured left with her very first King salmon) joined me on the river.  After Friday’s nice push of Kings coming thru the lower river, they kept on going, leaving me and the girls to hunt and peck and work for every fish we caught.  However the girls never gave up and in two days they landed six very nice Kings.  What Susan lacked in experience, she made up for in tenacity, great casting, and never giving up.  While there were a couple of fish that should have made it to the net, she finally put it all together today and landed our largest King of the weekend.  While the numbers are still down across the state, we work hard, and at days end all my guides are putting Kings to the net with days hitting double digit numbers.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


October 2

A few more Kings have come in as numbers increase across the board for our guides.  Cooler temperatures, a little raise in water levels and fewer people around have helped dramatically.  We'll be back at it tomorrow!

Tight Lines!  David Roller

October 1

A few more fish are starting to show up, and while most of the fish are between twelve and seventeen pounds, Joe Blankenship (pictured above), while fishing with Crockett, put our largest King of the season to the net, weighing in at 26 pounds.  While some of our pools don’t have the numbers of fish per pool, we’re bouncing around hitting several spots and making a day.  Crockett has been running skein and floats and doing justice on the river.  I’ve been following suit on some days and it’s nice to put more than one or two fish to the net.  All of our guides have their little niche on the river that has been working for them and everyday we’ve been putting our guys into fish and lately it’s been getting better.  With cooler temperatures and the water up a little from the rain a few days ago, more fish are entering the river daily.  October could be our month of Kings this year.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 30

While the fishing most of this past month has been short of ‘good’, there has been a little ray of sunshine over the past couple of days, starting the night before last when we received a little more rain than I thought.  It rained through the night and into yesterday’s morning.  Yesterday morning, we saw fish on the move through out most of the river system.  Although not a major push, it was a lot more fish than we have seen in weeks.  There were fish rolling in areas we had not seen most of the season. While we did not hook “average” numbers that we are accustomed to, we did much better, across the board, with all of our guides, than we had in many days. Today on the lower river, most of the fish that we had yesterday had obviously moved up river, however there were enough for us to make a decent day.  The lower river is up about 4 inches, with a nice stain, We’re having much cooler temperatures with lows in the mid to upper 30’s and highs in the high 60’s to low 70” and it looks like the temps are here to stay for a while.  With the extreme warm temperatures to our back, perhaps we’ll get a decent run after all.  Time will tell, but I’m still optimistic.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 27

I wish I could say the fishing has picked up, but it has still been tough and we are working for every fish.  This morning, Crockett and I both had fish rolling in front of us, more than we have seen in sometime, and we thought today was the day.  Crockett was throwing “bobbers and skein” and I was swinging big streamers and giant eggs that have been producing two or three fish just about every morning, except this morning.  An hour after daylight the river went quiet.  It wasn’t until late morning we had our first fish to the net.  Matt did land a small steelhead this morning, and that season is only a month down the road. Weather is predicting thunderstorms and rain today and cooler weather coming.  We’ll wait and see.  In the meantime, we’re all still having fun, the river is beautiful this time of the year, and hooking a 15 to 20 King every now and then still gives everyone a rush.  We’ll be at it again tomorrow!

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 25

More of the same today with the exception I did a little better than I have in the past few days with my guys putting four nice Kings to the net.  Farther up river my other guides have been averaging 4 to 10 hookups as we all await this 80 degree weather pattern to go away.  Even the fish on gravel were a little more wary as the weekend crew shows up. 

Tight Lines!  David Roller

September 24

Bob Mart is no stranger to the Peré Marquette River and certainly to me.  This 86 year old man is as spry as they come and can hop in and out of the boat as fast as I can.  Today he fished with me and had his son and daughter in law on board with him.  Within the first hour of daylight, as he waded in hip deep water, his rod was bent double as a nice chrome hen came to the surface head shaking frantically.  He would put our first fish in the net. We would put 2 more out of six total hook ups to the net and it was that way across the board for us up and down the river system.  Our best stick was Guide Dan Card, who has been working both gravel and pockets.  We are still hitting 80 degree highs for the day and endless sunshine.  Warm water? Warm weather? Or just plain lack of fish, no one knows.  The fish we are catching are healthy, girthy, and hot. We’ll be out there again tomorrow giving it our all.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 21

Every day we patiently wait, thinking that today the Kings from Lake Michigan will push into the Peré Marquette River by the masses or because it cooled down last night and the lower river is up about six inches the ‘big push’ will start.  Well it hasn’t started yet so we fish with steelhead type numbers most of the time.  And sometimes less.  Jerry Hollingsworth has been fishing with me for the past 30 years, since 1985, and we were together again on the 30th consecutive year.  Pictured above is Dr. Joey Hollingsworth, Jerry’s son.  We had a tough go of it the past two days on the lower river.  We hit fish right away in the morning, and then the fish disappear and work for everything we get.  Crockett, by noon today had only hooked three or four fish and a couple in the net.  However, in the afternoon, he had found enough fish to make a decent day.  One thing for sure, the fish we have caught or had on the past couple of days have been some of the brightest Kings I’ve seen in a while. Some of my guides are finding enough fish on gravel to help make a day of it.  It’s going to be an interesting season and we’ll all be a part of it.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 19

It has been a tough weekend.  This past Friday was one of our toughest days for every one of our boats.  While just about all of us put a fish or two to the net, our numbers were way down and we had boats scattered from the “Green Cottage” to Scottville and just about every stretch in between.  Today was a little better for some of us as a few fresh fish showed up and some were chrome, like the hen that Josh (pictured above) from MO caught with me today.  While we had a push of fish, it was a small push.  Word is out that Peré Marquette Lake is still running a water temperature of 65 degrees, a potential wall of warm water that is keeping most fish gated out.  A lot of Kings are being caught and marked on sonar just outside the break walls of Ludington and another large school of Kings hanging 6 miles south of Ludington, MI.  My gut feeling is that we’ll get our fish, and when we do they will be coming in like a bad storm.  In the mean time, we appreciate what we get.  If we continue to get small pushes like we got today, on a regular basis, it will be a good precursor of what’s to come.

Tight Lines! David Roller


September 16

It’s been another day of working the river and cast as many times as you can during the course of the day.  Just when you think a pool is empty and an eternity has gone by since the last fish, another Peré Marquette River King comes dancing to the top or head shaking frantically, throwing water to and fro.  The mornings tend to be decent and then what few fish are in the pools may descend to the back under wood only to come out once in a while.  Today I had the Miller brothers, Craig, Brian (pictured above, and Mark from Ohio.  They fish as hard as anyone I know, continuously casting non stop through out the day, and by days end, the guys put some nice fish to the net. The rest of my guides were out as well and they work as hard as I do.  Today all of us seemed to about the same with 10 to 20 fish on for the day.  I don’t see many changes in the next couple of days, however change is coming soon as a major front with a lot of rain is expected by the weekend.  That could be the catalyst for some very good fishing which has always set the Peré Marquette River apart from most.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 15

Another day in the life of guides on the Peré Marquette River as we had all hands on deck today, spread through out the river system.  We are still awaiting that first big push of Kings and right now I don’t see it happening anytime soon as we sit in this high pressure system of blue bird days.  There are a few fish moving every night and morning, but where they will stop is anyone’s guess which is evident on who of us six guides will do the best.  I have been way down river below Scottville with mixed results and not seeing what would be the first big run of fish to run.  So I pick some of my better holes and work it, well my guest’s work it and they work hard for what fish we are picking up.  Today I did a little bit better, but they are not coming easy.  Tom Sneary from Columbus, OH and his friend Steve Bush were the guys working hard in my boat.  Yesterday, Steve landed a nice King and today it was Tom’s turn (pictured above).   A little farther up river Crocket and DJ have been working.  The runs that were hot yesterday were mediocre at best, which tells me some of those fish migrated up stream.  Guides Blake and Dan Card working further upstream also worked for what fish they got their anglers in, but they did seem to do a little bit better.  Everyday a few more fish show up and one of these days the gravy train will start.  But until then we’ve all been having fun, enjoying beautiful weather on the Peré Marquette, and every now and then a hot King emerges from the depths of the river, making 8 and 9 weight rods groan, testing them to the max, and once in a while we manage to keep them out of submerged logs and trees and put one to the net.  We’ll be hot after them tomorrow!

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 15

After a major cancellation, we were finally back on the river today in full force and we were spread through out the river system.  To put it bluntly, we are all working our tails off for what fish we get.  We are hitting, on average, anywhere from 8 to 15 fish a day and proudly for my guides, they did much better than I today. Blake, Dan, DJ and Crockett all hit low double digit numbers today.   Gary Modine, from Kansas and  his three friends have been fishing with us for many, many years and have seen great days where we ‘almost’ had too many fish.  This year is not one of them as Gary, John (pictured above), and I fished the lower river and had three fish on all day today and John came through at the end of the day and showed us what one looked like up close and personal.  Just about everyone I talked to today had a little action, whether they were throwing stick baits, skein and floats, or flies, but no one is seeing or hooking large numbers.  There are fish in the lake, and from what we here, plenty of them, but it will be on their time on when they decide to run the river.  In the mean time, we are all spread out through out the river system, looking for the biggest concentration of fish for us to target, and as always we will work hard, getting you into as many fish as possible.  Maybe tomorrow the big push begins.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 11

The days are finally starting to cool and hopefully the hot, muggy days of September are over.  Today I had the Zimmerman’s out, Ken and Cathy (aka the egg lady).  While it wasn’t stellar to our standards we had fun and managed to put a couple of fresh Kings to the net.  The lower river had come up another two inches, but not up as much as I was hoping or expected.  A few new fish are showing up every day, but still not the big push we are all waiting for.  With the harder north winds, cooling temps, and the river up a bit, a lot can happen in a day’s time and we’ll be out again tomorrow to see if new Kings will be pushing through the sand flats and filling up the pools.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 9

My beautiful niece, Kayla Jo Roller, pictured above, asked me if we could go fishing this past June, when I got back from Alaska, and within both of our work schedules, today was a day we could make things work.  She can fish and she can hunt, and today it was two pretty decent fishermen in my boat, Kayla and I.   With yesterday’s downpours of rain that we received, I was pretty optimistic that the water would be up a good four to six inches and possibly on the rise, I was wrong.  The lower river had come up, but maybe an inch or two at best.  About an hour after day break, a few fish started moving and for a little more than an hour Kayla and I stayed pretty busy.  There weren’t a lot of fish on the move, but the fish that were there were bright and powerful, definitely new fish to the river system.  While some of the kings schooled us, Kayla managed to bring a large female king salmon to the net, the one pictured above.  Between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. things slowed right down for us as we moved about the river and managed to connect with another fish that abruptly took us to a submerged tree.  Towards the end of the day, Kayla went round for round with a large, bright male, keeping it out of several obstacles, until the fish jumps in the middle of a small overhanging bush, entangling tippet and lead into a multitude of branches.  The large male swam away and left what was left of Kayla’s terminal tackle in the bush.  Some days we loose, some days we win big, but today was a win win for both niece and uncle, spending a day together that we seldom are able to do.
Father and Son team Pete and Adam Waleskowski fished two days ago with Crockett and had a very tough day.  Adam decided to come back one more time with Crockett, 48 hours before he heads to Germany to play professional basketball. Today he scored as he and Crocket put three nice Kings to the net.  Their day followed suit with mine.  For a couple hours mid morning things looked great as rods were bent and the PM Kings had their way with them.  There was a two hour plus lull, with no action.  But the afternoon picked up greatly and by days end, it was all good.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 8

We were all hoping the rains would come, and they did as it rained hard most of the day.  At first light, I was a little unsure how the day would unfold as there was neither surface activity nor fish pushing water through the shallows.  However about an hour after daylight, Peré Marquette River Kings and the rains showed up and the bite was on.  This was Dr. Bob Starr and his wife Kate’s second day on the water.  Yesterday was a decent day as we put two Kings to the net but today everything worked as these veteran PM anglers were put to the test to brand new fish that were ready to fight.  The past few days the Kings were nice but it was evident they had either been in the river or staging in PM Lake for a while.  Today they were bright and fought like early September kings are supposed to; racing to log jams, lines searing across the water, and head shakes that throw water8i to 10 feet.  A new batch of Kings had come to town!  It rained hard most of the day, which, we hope should bring the river up 4 to 6 inches.  Higher water stemmed by cooler temperatures should give us another very good push of fish that should keep us busy for the next several days.  Stay tuned and find out as we’ll be on the river daily from here on out.

Tight Lines!  David Roller


September 7

I made it back from Alaska about a week ago and have hit the ground running.  My apologies to those of you out there that have loyally followed my site for the lack of updates, but the little portable satellite system that was supposed to cost me $1,850.00 to enable me to post once a week and emails, ended up costing $4,000.00 and emails was the best I could do.  Trying to post pictures probably would have doubled the cost.  With that all being said, the small camp on the Alagnak River is a done deal as we officially take over next year, and it couldn’t have run smoother.  Located in the heart of Katmai National Park on the Alagnak River, and right in the heart of the great fishing we all experienced that were guests of ours this year.  The pictures on the film strip above are only but a small sample of what we experienced.
Peré Marquette River: We’ve been fishing since the 3rtd of September with mixed results.  My worse day was this past Saturday when Brian Sharpy landed the only fish we had on, but it was a solid 17 pound male.  On average we’ve been hooking a dozen fish a day, some day’s twenty fish.  The river is pretty low as we keep waiting for these major rainstorms that are predicted that never come, but never the less, every morning a few fish push up the river, despite the hot humid conditions (88 degrees yesterday) and low water.  On the 2nd of September, Lil D took a quick, evening boat ride on the lower river with his jet boat and saw Kings rolling on every bend.  In a very short time he had landed three nice Kings and lost five others.  With in two days those fish were gone as they migrated and spread through out the river system.  We are fishing everyday now through out the end of October and we are anticipating a much better season than last year.  Alaska was great, and with out missing a beat, we’re hoping to keep on the same pace all fall.

Tight Lines!
David Roller


Late May Steelhead

Every time Paul Jakubiak and I get together to fish, it’s cold, icy, ice in the guides and 20 degrees.  Not this time!  I knew we had a small window, a little rain, a little spike in water depth, which meant we should be able to do a little steelhead fishing and put a fish or two in the net.  And with the nice weather, Paul even enticed his wife Cathy (both pictured above) to come along and enjoy the ride, and see the madness that we all talk about when it comes to steelhead fishing.  Paul, Cathy and I go way back some 25 years ago, when the two of them managed Barothy Lodge, and while I’ve seen Paul over the years, it was great to see Cathy again.  They both run a little sport shop in Battle Creek, MI called “Smitty’s” and with in they have upgraded the fly fishing department and of course Paul’s “Uncle Jakes” in which he is into vintage fly rods, vintage blanks, rod building, and fly tying.  His web site is unclejakes.net
The three us motored down the river checking out our ‘regular’ hot spots.  Some were empty, some had single and pairs, and then we came up to a very nervous group of 5 steelhead on a redd.  It didn’t take but a few casts, and these fish soon scattered and would duck and dodge our offerings.  We went back to where we had seen fish earlier and they were holding pretty.  We were hooking up but they were giving us the slip until Paul landed a nice skipper, then a four pounder, and they kept getting bigger. With in an hour’s time, Paul had put four steelhead to the net consecutively before they started getting nervous on us, but by then we didn’t care, the day had been made.  We fought some good fish; we lost our share, and got some nice pics; the best part, no ice in the guides and no frigid weather.  Great times with great long time friends, it doesn’t get better than that!

Tight Lines!  David Roller


May 27

It’s been a steelhead season for the books, again as we finish, although we may not be quite done, with another Michigan spring steelhead.  We started out the first nine days of March with ice on most of the Pere Marquette River as the waters ran cold.  By the 20th of March some fish were showing up on spawning gravel, and it only took a two or three day cold front to put them down, including a 4 degree low on the last weekend of March.  Early April brought spring rains which brought the “PM” up to its banks and along with it plenty of steelhead to keep our anglers rods bent and smiles on their faces.  On the 17th of April, we migrated to the Muskegon River and it greeted us nicely as it always does.  We had higher than ‘normal’ waters, but with the lack of snow (more cold temps than snow fall) there wasn’t much run off and it wasn’t long and the flood gates of Croton Dam were closed as just enough fish everyday would show up, and we all hoped for more water.  Crockett, DJ, and I pursued on, some days moving a little more than we wanted, but by days end we had hit our mark and put our share of steelhead in the net.  As the fish were starting to thin out, Mother’s Day weekend blessed us with plenty of rain, two flood gates of old Croton Dam were opened and many new, chrome steelhead showed up, creating some double digit days of Steelhead to the net, again, which led us up to the holiday weekend of Memorial Day.  The bright female pictured above was caught on the 21st of May by Jim MacArthur as he and Charlie Kuhlman were back on their annual trip.  Our long distance couple, coming from LA, California, was Vince and Valerie.  On their two day venture on the 21st and 22nd of May, there were times they were winning and times the steelhead won, all in good fun and great weather.  I finished out our stay at Riverside Resort on Sunday the 24th with the “Egg Lady” Cathy Zimmerman, her husband Ken, and my Black Labrador “Karma” as we celebrated a great day and my last day of working the Muskegon daily for the past six weeks.  Ken and Cathy were so kind to watch Karma for me while I was on the Muskegon.  They enjoyed her so much; they said I could borrow her during duck season next fall.  Another special thanks goes to Fred Rosel and Dawn Bush, the son and daughter of the late Candice Rosel who owned Riverside Resort in Croton, MI.  Fred and Dawn gave us full reins of the resort as a good portion of our guests stayed there with us.  Crockett’s girlfriend, Kalisha, spent diligent hours housekeeping and making sure everyone who stayed at Riverside, was welcomed to clean rooms and anything they needed during their stay.  We are all, already planning next year at Croton’s Riverside Resort.  And last, but so not least, all our great customers that have supported us all spring, keeping our boats in the water, doing what we love best, chasing steelhead and putting our guests into as many fish as we can.  To all of you a very big THANK YOU!!!  We couldn’t do what we do without your support, and we sincerely appreciate that.


Tight Lines!  David Roller


May 17

I have to keep it simple as the lack of time, but we have had a great season on the Muskegon River, near Newaygo, MI.  We suffered a little low water in early May but the rains came and two flood gates were opened, and new fish arrived.  With that being said, in teh low water, we still managed to hook 18 to 20 plus fish a day.  The river remains up a bit and while the fish numbers are waning a bit, so has most of the pressure.  With fewer and fewer boats (two other boats today) we have the run of the river and are still able to put plenty of fish in the net per day.  We should have no problem continuing that through out this coming holiday weekend. My cell number (231) 342-0049 is still the best number to contact me.  Crocket and i are still doing well and continue to do so on the Muskegon River.

Tight Lines!  David Roller







February 10, 2016






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Randy, from Reed City, MI with a dark male that come off a redd to smash a hot-n-tot on Super Bowl Sunday.  2/7/16My youngest brother Shawn Roller with a nice male sporting spawning colors on 2/7/16.Brown trout were also on bite on Super Bowl Sunday.  2/7/16Mitt Drew with a smaller steelhead, but a steelhead,on a cold February day, running a Switch rod, floating line, and indicator rig.  2/4/16Sean McNally on a cold February 4 morning, with a nice steelhead on a floating line and indy rig.  Larry with his first Steelhead, with guide Blake Roller by his side.  2/4/16Nate Speith, from Lowell, MI, graphic designer for Wrestling Attix, with a bright female steelhead on 2/2/16Nate Spieth, graphics designer for "Wrestling Addix" from Lowell, MI with his second steelhead of the day.  2/2/16Johm Holman with our last fish of the day.  1/7/16John Holman from I'llinois with his first fish of the day after loosing a couple very close to the boat.  1/7/16Loye Carter with another nice steelhead fishing with Crockett and Kalisha today.  1/7/16Kalisha Fisher caught this nice male steelhead on the Pere Marquette River fishing with Crockett and Loye Carter.  1/7/16Ed Reagan fishing bobbers and spawn with Crocket, with his first fish of the morning.  1/3/16Loye Carter and Crockett, friends since high school, having a day on the river.  1/7/16Ed nails two fish back to back, fishing  with Armand and Crockett .  1/3/16Eric with our first steelhead of the morning as the snow squalls started to blow in.  1/3/16Pull up the collars as the snow squalls were coming on frequently this morning.  But we were having a great time! 1/3/16Armand Angeles having fun with bobbers and spawn on the Pere Marquette River.  1/3/16Arman with his first fish of the morning, we were off to a good start.  1/3/15Armand loving Crockett's "bobber and spawn" set up on the Pere Marquette River.  1/3/16Eric Angeles with a skinnier than normal 'wild strain' of our steelhead.  Given the slight fin clip on the dorsal fin, it could be a small Skamania.  1/3/16Eric Angeles comes up with another large steelhead, he did the same thing ten days ago.  1/3/16Ed Reagan with his last steelhead of the day, but he'll be back again.  1/3/16Father and son team Armand and Arman Angeles from Indianapolis, IN having a great time, creating memories.  1/2/16Dwight Montgomery with one of our largest Kings landed on the Alagnak River this past summer, hitting the 42 pound mark on the scales.Al Hemerling (left) fishing with 81 year old Charlie Fudge from Polson, MT.  Charlie has done float trips with me for the past 12 years or so, and this year enjoyed the luxury of our camp in Alaska.  The third week of July treated him well.Dona Montgomery and an Alagnak River King, photo bombed by Karma, my Black Labrador Retriever.Al Hemerling at our Alaskan camp on the Alagnak River the third week of July.  With his arsenal of custom Sage Rods, he came to play.Dr. Dan Kiddy from the St. Louis, MO area got a good taste of Kings, Alaskan style and LOVES our camp on the Alagnak River.  (Last week of July, 2015)One of the best places on the river for Sockeye salmon, just 50 yards downstream from our Alaskan camp, our Switerland guests took plenty of salmon home the first two weeks of July.The "cocktail tent" the first week of July at our camp on the Alagnak River.  A great place to hang out with old and new friends, talk about the day, and wait for another great dinner.  The screen tent also keeps the bugs OUT!  Plenty of new friends from Switzerland the first two weeks of July.A beautiful  Alaskan rainbow trout caught next to camp the third week of July.Al Hemerling from the St. Joseph area and a mid July King on the Alagnak River in AK.Dinner is served family style at our Alaskan camp on the Alagnak River, and we truly were one big happy family.As the sun sets, another season closes for this tiny camp, nestled deep in the Katmai National Park, on the Alagnak River.  I can't wait until next year!