For trout anglers this weekend marks the holiest of all days…..the season opener! Trout opener is always a great time of the year. Rivers, streams, and creeks that have been closed since the latter part of September are once again open.
In the Upper Peninsula, the trout streams will still be cold and running high from the extended winter, and trout are not as eager as anglers to engage in that elusive game of catch.
With all this in mind, fly-fishing the opener can still be fun and productive. The forecast for Saturday- opening day will be in the 47 degree range. High water and existing snow on the banks will make for some challenging conditions this year- but it will still be fun to be out walking the river. This is the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and you can expect just about anything during the trout opener!
Have fun on the streams and if you need anything to make your “holiday” more enjoyable be sure to stop in either the Marquette or Houghton store locations!
Here is one more look at Aaron Peterson’s latest film…..enough to get any angler restless for tomorrow!
Yep it’s windy in the U.P. When camping up here you will find yourself cooking in areas that just might have a stiff breeze blowing off Lake Superior. While most stoves will get the job done…..if the wind is a blowin’ it may take awhile to get dinner prepared. Not with the new MSR WindBoiler! We are so excited to be stocking some of the finest camping gear on the planet- be sure to check out this new stove offering from our friends over at MSR.
The MSR WindBoiler Personal Stove System is a backpacking stove for trips into the backcountry and weekend adventures. The WindBoiler is the perfect companion to the solo hiker, remaining compact and light in your pack and always ready to serve up some boiling water for a meal. Starting with the 1.0L pot, you can pack inside of it the burner, a four ounce IsoPro fuel canister (sold separately), canister stand, and PackTowl, while the extra bowl snaps to the outside. It’s all about speed and efficiency with the enclosed radiant burner, blocking wind from extinguishing the flame. The water boils fast & uses less fuel than competitors, so you can eat before your hiking buddy even gets started. An 8 mile per hour wind? No problem for the Windboiler, it gets the bubbles going in 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Oh what was that? You want to test 12 MPH winds? Too late, MSR already did and this stove heats up and brings to a boil in 2 minutes, 45 seconds. We can already smell the morning coffee brewing!
Sam from our Houghton store was out chasing down steelhead on a beautiful Upper Peninsula spring day! Be sure to stop by our Houghton store and see Sam, Matt or Arni for our latest selection of steelhead rods and reels. New flies are now in stock as well!
When fly fishing in the Upper Peninsula you will find yourself surrounded by some of the country’s most beautiful scenery and some world-class fly fishing waters. The U.P. has always had a storied history of fly fishing for native trout on these wild and remote streams. We are so excited to be stocking some of the finest….and certainly the prettiest reels on the market! Down Wind Sports is now an Abel Reel dealer!
Abel Reels operates on a simple mission statement: To design and build the best, most dependable gear in the world and give world class customer service. Proudly made in the USA, these beautiful reels are produced from Aerospace grade aluminum with Certified FAA TSO C149 Aircraft Bearings, and a Cork Drag System made entirely in the Abel factory. Hands down, Abel Reels have developed a reputation for the best-of-the-best in the fly fishing industry.
Choose from a wide selection of vibrant solid color finishes and beautifully hand-painted fish graphic and artistic finishes, including artwork from world-renowned artist Derek DeYoung
Small spring creeks offer tremendous fishing with shorter 3- and 4-weights, and the TR 1 finds a perfect home on the reel seat of one of these rods. Small, but with just enough capacity to hold the right amount of backing behind your fly line. What a killer set up for the trout streams of the U.P.
Most medium-to-large trout rivers demand a 5- or 6-weight rod to make those distance casts to larger fish really count. The TR2 is built for the angler who prefers the bigger water, but likes simple and classic gear.
Opening day is closing in on us- be sure to stop by either and check out our latest gear to get you ready for the season!