I love to fly fish, the process of delivering a virtually weightless fly with a weighted line is fascinating to me. I enjoy casting and the process involved catching fish on a fly. This does not include chucking and ducking. While I believe Chuck and Duck has it’s place in Michigan fly fishing, (namely getting flies deep quickly in some of our short deep runs), it lacks the skill and therefore the satisfaction derived from making a fly cast and hooking up with your targeted fish. I believe that Chuck and Duck techniques have also kept us from learning new flies and methods to catch our anadromous (salmon and steelhead) species. We have come dependant on a method that, while it is fishing with flies, it isn’t fly fishing.
I’m happy to report that this seems to be changing. A number of guides have been trying to find ways to catch salmon and steelhead actually fly fishing and specifically with streamers. As I‘ve written before I have had some success catching steelhead on streamers. You can read my article on steelhead on streamers by clicking here.
Our Head Guide, Jon Ray, has been chasing salmon on streamers for most of July and August and has some very exciting results. Below is a fly that has produced some exciting hits, it’s called a Chunky Monkey. Jon Ray took my daughter Casey and I a few days ago and in three hours we rolled 15 Kings, hooked 4 and landed none. It was a blast, at one point I had what looked like a 40 inch fish chase my fly, it was way cool. This recent action plus the positive results we had with salmon last fall leads us to believe that we can take anglers fly fishing for salmon and steelhead and have a reasonable chance of success.