It's November and still raining. I must say we've had a lot of rain this month. So much rain that getting a line wet doesn't require you to go to a river. So with all this bad weather, what is a true fly fish angler to do?
I am repairing & reconditioning my reels. To me rainy days are for such things. However, I have been indoors sitting at my desk for weeks looking deep into my tack bags and cases. So deep I am on a sentimental journey going back over a half of century with old reels. Bristol 65, House Of Hardy, Pflueger Medalist, and a late 1980s Orvis Battonkill the newest of my antique reels. The Medalist brook trout (smaller) is still a favorite. The cost was about $19. It is all metal, and except for wear, works as good as the day I purchased it at Bay Sports on main street in Petoskey. They have been out of business for over 30 years.
The weather is going to remain wet and cold. The next time we see the sun, the high is predicted to be in the 30's F. If you are still out on the river...you won't see me. I would love to catch just one more trout, but I don't want to catch pneumonia. This weather I delegate to the young which excludes me. Streamers and nymphs are the rule this time of year and will remain so through the next six months. Those brave hearts who are still fly fishing, Reel Waters would welcome your stories and pictures.
Jim and I will be doing feature articles in the "Outdoor Lore" section that will examine the rivers of northern Michigan during the coming winter months. (Already thinking about April.) We will provide you with some interesting reading to help ward off the cabin fever some of us experience.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.