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Sam with a blinged-out
Frank and Nick below with a couple of scrappers...
Jays Report - April 4th
***To read my thoughts
regarding the removal of Pucker Street Dam on the Dowagiac River in
Niles, Michigan. They are from one year ago and have not changed...
Hidey ho folks! Been a
while since I've updated and boy am I hearing about it! I sent out
multiple emails within ten days in late Feb/early March, and as most
guides in the Great Lakes did, I insisted the 2017 spring steelhead
"run" had already started in full-force and would end potentially early.
At this time, it appears that all of the guys that spend thousands of
hours on the water annually all over the Great Lakes Region were
correct. I've spoken with multiple guides - some of which you are very
familiar with, that all say the same thing: "Clients aren't listening".
Many of us have short attention spans and don't read more than a
sentence or two (they've likely already stopped reading this lol!). I
get all of the data on who opens the emails and reads them...clicks on
links etc, and it's shocking how many people didn't even bother to look
at them. I think we are all spam weary so I get it I guess - I delete a
couple thousand emails a day, for real. Just know that if you receive
something from Anglin Outdoors, I'm not selling Girl Scout Cookies for
my daughters...it's legit, and it's important information about the big
bad world of fishing.
Not sure how to sugar
coat it, but I will say, if you want to get out and catch a
steelhead...when the experts say go, you need to go. I realize we are
all busy with jobs and life but I'm getting an awful lot of calls for
trips into late-April and unless something changes and I'm/we're wrong
(...and believe me, I hope I am wrong!), we will be focusing on trout,
smallmouth and musky in a couple weeks. This week...what's left of it
anyway, seems to be the last hurrah for Michiana steelhead. And, in all
honesty most Lake Michigan tribs have been lockstep this spring, which
is fairly unusual. In other words, I'm hearing the same thing from
guides on the PM and Manistee.
Unfortunately for many
of you that booked trips, the weather has been seriously uncooperative
this spring. To be perfectly honest, conditions were way better in
February and early March. Michiana streams have been addled by several
high water events that have made fishing nigh impossible. The constant
ebb and flow has made fitting trips into the schedule a nightmare and in
particular rebooking postponed trips. Understand, the river does not
drop overnight! Last week there was ONE fishable day, and I was on the
water. And, missing a day on the water this time of year is really tough
to endure for most steelhead guides as this is one of those important
seasons when we draw much of our annual income. Unfortunately, last
second cancellations due to the threat of rain etc seem to convey
inability or a lack of desire on Social Media etc. Trust me when I say,
if an honest guide says it's too risky or the water is simply
unfishable, that's the damned truth. We're not at home cooking meth or
whatever...we are at home wishing we were on the river.
Fishing - when it's
possible - has been FANTASTIC! One of the best springs I remember in a
long time. The river has been relatively quiet most days and the fish
have been very healthy. More like extended winter fishing albeit with
warmer conditions. I sincerely hope that my prognostication is way off
the mark and another big slug of chrome steelhead burst into the
streams. Don't hold it against me if I am wrong. I've been doing this a
long time and it wouldn't be the first time nor would it be the last for
me to be wrong. That said, I suspect that this time, I am right.
I have a handful of
turkey hunting dates left in April and May, so if you are interested in
that get in touch with me ASAP!
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Stan got one on the
Keg's Gilchrist strain
brown trout was puking eggs in the net...
We lost some MASSIVE
fish on this day but this fish fought like a fish three times his size!
Jorde railed again!
Here are some highlights...
That Orvis Clearwater
"guide rod" didn't walk right for a day or two...
Nice work Jorde!
Tim and Bob - father
and son having a great day on the river!
Josh Carter and a
dandy January steelhead...
Arnie Leder with a St
Joe River bull winter-run taken on the swing - November 25th
Brandon Enright -
Dowagiac November 13th
Troy Owen worked all
day for this wild "skipper" steelhead - A for Effort! - November 20th
Tom hates northerns...smile
Ten pounds of ugly!
LOTS of these!
Let it run!
Kevin Goldstein and his hard-earned longbeard!
The Anglin boys, RJ
and Mitchell on the last day of Indiana's 2016 season...it doesn't get
Austan and Logan -
Sibling Jakes two weeks apart...
In my glory! High noon
DU's Dave Neal and I
rehashing his hunt...photo by Josh Lantz
Tom and a dandy
"drop-back" female steelhead and a feisty "war-painted" buck
longbeards surrendered eternally to Mitchell and Jay Anglin Sunday April
Even a blind squirrel
finds a nut once in a while!
Jorde got into the "drop-backs" which has been SOP this spring from the
get-go! - April 13th
Ray and I dealt with pouring rain all day but managed to get into the
fish (...and even take a few photos!)
Matt Lovell with a dandy girl!
Matt and Dave had
a great couple of days on the river...
Spencer Kaehler's Brook Trout is the only one I have encountered in over
20 years of fishing/guiding the Dowagiac River!
Kyle and Scott Burke
had a productive Saturday outing
Joe's 33 inch
"drop-back" female is the largest of the year so far...
Spencer got into some
great steelhead as well including these two great "drop-back" females...
Drew with feisty
adipose clipped hatchery female...
The Harts had an
incredible day on the river!
Sam landed nothing but
Frank and a cool
looking double-striped male winter-run...
Judd and Robert
even got into the action!!
Glenn Lehman - March
and another nice scrappy steelhead...
Hammer Time! - March
Kory and a gorgeous
Doctor Magnuson and a
The longest coho
Some days are just
better than others!
The Pike and The Lady
in The River (see her...?)
The Lady in The River
Robert Tomes and Trix
check out the scenery - October 20th
Mike with a dandy
with a muskie bitten
fall slab bronzeback...
Grand Marsh - LaPorte
County Indiana - September 5th
Two Petes went fishing...one Pete caught this beast - September 18th -
St Joe River
Big Mark Barry with
an absolute tank - 21.5 inches
Berrien Springs Fish Ladder
Stan Z laying the law
down with a chunky Bucktown smallie...
When the fly falls out
in the net Mr Boogle still gets paid...
Sunset on The Joe
- chroma -
Scott Burke -August
Tom Taylor - August
Stephen Shockey - July
Ramp it! - GoPro still
of yours truly by Matt Marani
Ken Hammer with a
massive St Joe River smallmouth - Sunday May 17th
Two Gregs :) - May
Robert Marseilles -
Brad Seiler property
consultation fun day! - May 4th
Ken and Jeremy-
The Troyers - April
John Kessler - April
Mike and Jeff - April
Tom & Crystal - April
Gorgeous - April 9th
Jorde Nathan - April
Jorde and my guide apprentice for the afternoon, RJ Anglin
Richard - April 6th
Lexie - April 6th
Harrison - April 2nd
My favorite fish this
year (so far)...
Kyle Kamp - April 14
Rob Brown - April 13
Matt and David Lovell
- March 4 - Matt's first steelhead!
Matt's third steelhead
- Okay Matt, we get it you have graduated! And, despite hooking several
fish David and I did not manage to land one of his unfortunately
One banana Humphry!
The classic caddis
Launching a chipmunk
sized musky fly in front of my Mom's place on Lake Tippecanoe...
Tyler with a total stud!
Jay and one of Tyler's "Gaggettes"
A lover and hater...
Kory gives loves and keep loving and they just hate and keep on hating.
And hate some more...
The future is
Can you believe I
actually got to fish! Last steelhead of 2014 by yours truly...
year old RJ Anglin tending to the decoys during the incredible blizzard
of Saturday, February 14th - the last hunt of the season was a success!
The Anglin Boys!
Good friends and good times! - January
Super Sunday with Eric Mantais party...THE REAL DEAL weather wise!
Tom, Rod and Rick from Kankakee Marsh Hunt Club - January
It's time to start thinking about spring turkey! Get your
Now on Twitter -
LOVE the little wild
Michael Bresler with a
handsome Skamania-strain getting into the fall spirit!
Hanson brothers and a
Guide Kory Boozer
headed back to the boat after landing a fish...
Ed McGee digging his
heels in with an absolute monster king that we never did land
Tom let me hold
Eric with a nice
late-season St Joe smallie that smashed a crankbait...
Paul and "Doc" -
This guy was well worn!
Nate, VJ, Chu and Jon
who holds his absolute sow of a smallmouth from Kory Boozer's boat
(Kory's photo)! - September 20th
Bachelor Boy Chu with
a dandy Northern Pike...one of three we landed!
Congrats to RJ Anglin
on his first steelhead! This fish had obviously been injured recently by
a muskie...note the teeth marks and tearing down near the pelvic fin and
the bite mark above RJ's bandaged finger. The other
of the fish displayed a perfect bite radius like the ones you see on
surfboards after a Great White hit. Yes, there are some monsters in the
My vote for coolest
hair of the summer is Jeremy...you can use it as your album cover dude!
His Uncle Bruce is cheesing it up too!
Ken Hammer with a
gorgeous 19 inch St Joe River bronzeback...mid-day popper bite! - July
....and a nice 17 incher
Ron Abrant and Stan Zarnoweicki taming the beasts - July 25th
Now on Twitter -
shining star this summer...
It's bass time folks!
Jason Brownewell and the "Best Day of the Year"...these are just a
sample of many fish he landed on April 28th
Hello. My name is Jay
and I'll be your guide...
Not bad for a cell
Ken Hammer and Jeremy
Spaccapaniccia - April 21st
Mitchell and RJ Anglin
pulled off a true double on stud gobblers! - April 20th
Keg Avakian - April 18th
This one was real twitchy...you can tell Keg was having a hard time with
it. Flat crazy that one!
Kurt Lindland and Crew
- April 18th
Richardson brothers - April 15,16,17
These boys here just
whooped on um...
Craig and Phil
Hanson, both first steelhead! (I think) - April 16th
Do you see why now?
Peter Koerner and Karl Doppelberger - April 13th
This was Peter's first steelhead which is surprising as he is an
above average stick-man with all that college lacrosse experience. She
took us to the timber and wrapped up tight. Rod be damned, Pete tried to
run his rig under the tree (with enthusiastic coaxing from yours
truly) and it wouldn't clear and eventually became jammed. I would
occasionally get glimpses of her but assumed that she'd finally broken
the tippet. When Peter grabbed his fly line to try and pull the rod out,
the fish shot up from the depths and appeared before me. I could barely
hold my footing in the rapid fire current thereabouts, and just when I
thought all was lost, I was able to make a good stab at her and she
torpedoed into the bag. Do it long enough and crazy shit will happen.
Congrats my friend...she was a fine fish. And she swam free for another
battle. It only took drowning your iPhone...a small price.
Polarization - How many can you see?
This is a giant brown
- 22.5 inches of wildness
Mike and Ross - April 12th
David Lushinsky -
bout river clean-ups...ya'll experts? - Dowagiac River circa '01
Ever hear the story
about the young bull and the old bull....this is the Old Bull!
Not sure what strains
got together to create this gorgeous wild fish, but judging by her tiny
head and porky build, she's gonna need to get in touch with Jenny Craig
Ken Hammer - March
Ruthie and James
Frazier - March 8th
Battle Wagon and he
don't even know it yet - Lit up on "The D" - February 19th, 2014
Now on Twitter -
Angie "Angel" Anglin
at dawn - April 2013
Arkansas was a "blast"
again! - March 1st
Check out the winter
edition of aTightLoop
online magazine, cover photo and article,
Winter Crick, by
Blake Morse with a
wild steelhead smolt from the Dowagiac - December 27th
Blake Morse and a Michigan Sow...they brutalized each other - December
My 9 year old son RJ
clearly has a horseshoe embedded deeply somewhere! He's taken less than
ten geese in his brief four month hunting career, of which two were
banded in Ontario including a 12 year old bird...
Jan 20th and Feb 2nd, 2014
It was a good duck
RJ Anglin with two big blizzard honkers January 5th
Brown Trout...such a
demeaning name! - Doc Stewart November 22nd
Chuck Roberts always catches fish the day after Christmas!
These compressed and
poorly focused, pixilated, crappy cell phone photos are what happens
when the screen on a smartphone is wet and you can't get anything to
It's a great time to
be a waterfowl hunter...why aren't you in this photo?
Four man limit of Canadas and mallards...
My 9 point stud from
archery season...Indiana, November 6th
Ken Hammer and Jeremy
Spaccapaniccia (above) - November 19th
Joe Domek with a hot
summer-run - October 14th
Mike Murphy - September 26th
Still getting some slab smallmouth on BIG STREAMERS! - Kory Boozer doing
Tim Scorer August 21st
- I think he pissed it off...
Perhaps the last
smallmouth of 2013 - Tom - October 12th
Stover - Aug 22nd - First smallmouth
Wobbekind - Aug 23rd
Reim - Aug 14th
Scorer - Aug 21st - First time fishing in N. America
A 22 inch tank of a St
Joe smallmouth! - Steve and John Reim August 14th
That's more like it
KB! - August 8th
Mrs Anglin showing
them who's boss! - St Joe River, July 31st
All day long! - July
Bob Powers getting it
done on The Joe - July 30th
Ken Hammer with an
unusual St Joe largemouth and a slightly above average smallmouth...good
times - July 28th
The Anglin boys doing
some recon with Dad on the St Joe...shoulda brought the dogs along,
they'd have caught some too! Easy as it gets my friends!!
Sunday July 21st
Judd and a Cranberry
Lake Hogette - June 19th
Judd - Gluttony, the Brown Trout's lament
No worries Mama...I
ain't taking it with me!
There's a boat ramp back there somewhere!
Cortland's Joe Goodspeed testing musky lines on musky...
Cortland's Artie Loomis and his first fly rod musky - exceptionally
battered from his sex crazed wives (yes, the fish)
My first topwater fly musky! Not a giant but it'll do...
Givin' - Angie "Angel"
Good times! Jay on
Lake Michigan with Captain Austin Adduci of
Grab Your Fly Charters
- April 26th
Blue Skeye - photo watercolor
Joyce and her first
longbeard - May 8th
Jay and his Berrien
County, Michigan "redtail" - May 7th
Radiance - Mrs Anglin
and her 1st turkey - May 2nd, 2013 - Indiana
longbeard - May 1st
gobbler...a true studbull with a massive 11.5 inch beard - April 25th,
Mitchell Anglin's first longbeard...well done son! - April 20th Indiana
11 inch beard, 1 1/8
inch spurs, 23.4 pounds
Luke and Shawn -
Michigan Opener - April 22nd
Patti, Rob and John -
March 26th - with Josh Lantz/World Class Fly Fishing
This here Crick got
Maloneys - March 27th
It was a good day to be Sean Maloney!
Chi Fly's Will Winans
taking care of business - with Ken Hammer, March 28th
Blake Morse put a whuppin' on some serious steel - March
What a week of
steelhead fishing. I will never forget some of these gorgeous fish and
the exemplary job the anglers did to catch them!
Nearly deserted river, small flies, light tippet and wild steelhead...it
just doesn't get any better!
Joel Rhoades - April
Doc Stewart - April
Yes...Doc is standing in deeper water!
Frank Leigner, Bob and
Greg - April 4th
Frank...playing the part of the Moray Eel in today's production, Mrs.
Bob's fancy Brown Trout...it should be noted that Bob has freakishly
large hands. This is actually a 19 inch trout!
March 16th - Wild
One of several chunky
Brown Trout landed Saturday...
March 19th, 2012 -
Remember why we don't stomp gravel and rape the redds! Wild Dowagiac
River steelhead smolt...
Mike Beachy - February
Throwing squirrel for
Mitchell Anglin, Eric
Stulc and Jim Ligda...watching another crew a mile west drop the hammer
on them - Super Sunday
Chuck and Ken -
December 27th (web compressed iPhone 5 photos...it can be done)
Chuck and another fine
Southwest Michigan wild steelhead...
Feisty beyond his
years and hatchery origin this guy!
Justin and Judd Jennerjahn - December 11&12, 2012
brown! - 12/12/12
Justin gazes upon the
fish of his dreams (AO cheese factor **high**)
Scott Lawryn and Bob
Korecky - Bob's late November beauty!
and a hit!
Whole lotta pink goin' on with Andreas' first steel!
Friday was a lovely
day on the river...
Gabe and his sweet
summer-run (note this gals fully developed egg funnel)
- November 2nd
Scott made the AO
edition, Thursday November 1st
may be losers honey but you're a winner! WINNING!
Dec 7th 2011 - Judd's
Deuce on the Delta
Marsh, Manitoba - October 15, 2012
This could be your
hand Dude! Ron Abrant - St Joe
Cue the balloon...
Bearing gifts of food and trinkets...
This is a big "green"
bass...now you know - Briggs family Sunday August 12th
Getting some dandy
Largemouth Bass on Cranberry Lake!
Robert Tomes and a
Cranberry sweetheart - May 10th
Jay with a 42 inch
ultra clean river fish that slammed a Don Larson tied "Yogurt Lips" fly,
complete with bead chain dangle
Uber muskie guy Robert Tomes on the release...
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Dave (20.5 inches) and
Mike (22 inches) - Sunday May 6th
Both tagged and
Mark Palo - April 20th
Despite the nasty weather (thus, poor photos), two rivers, twice the fun!
Big trout on
Sean and Jake Maloney
- March 20th
The face of
Jake and a "dropback"
female that was blitzing eggs in the dark water...
Drenched Nikon D90 and
Drenched Apple iPhone 4: -$200
Figuring out I also tore my brand new Simms waders when I fell earlier
in the morning while posing with a steelhead: Priceless
Sean's last cast
Ken Hammer - March
Dang this was a purdy one!
T. Parker - March 16th
Big buck...real PO'd this guy!
Jay's Spring 2011 Indiana Tom - Self portrait
Ron Abrant's rainy
day longbeard - May 7th
Congrats to Mitchell
Anglin on his first turkey! - April 21st
Hot off the presses!
3.5" AO "Sustained Anchor Redux" stickers - $5
The AO booth at The
Great Outdoors Expo in Woodstock, Illinois last weekend - Jay, Lefty
Kreh and Angie
Mark Palo - February 2nd
Nice work Mark...
Chi Fly's Will Winans and
his pal Grant Detrick - 1/31 - Will's killer brown taken on the swing!
Your guide - All work and
no play makes Jay a dull boy...Thanks Judd! - 12/22
Keg Avakian and Matt
Caron - January 7th - Happy Birthday Keg and congrats on your first
Jim Jones and his 29
inch Brown Trout - January 5th
Chuck Roberts and Ken
Schmidt - December 26th
congratulating Jason on his first neck-collared Canada Goose -
January 4th - Cranberry Lake
Judd Jennerjan...back for more!! - December 7th
doesn't get any better...
Stan with a
stud bull summer-run that suckered on a swing...
Stan Z and Ron A - December 6th
and Brett Dale - December 5th - Brett with a nice winter-run