There is more than one effective technique when it comes to fly fishing trout in lakes. Which is more effective is debatable. Which is more enjoyable, well, that  is a matter of preference. Trolling is like wearing my camouflage hunting clothes to the mall. It is just something I don’t do for a variety of reasons. The main reason I do not troll, however, is because it does not fit into what my idea of guiding is about. My only exception to this personal rule is when it comes to walleyes… Another topic altogether best reserved for a blog in June. When I first becameRead More →

Twenty five years ago I found Fly Fishing and it changed my life. I was home for the weekend from junior college and walked into a fly shop that someone told me about on Erie Boulevard.  I was skeptical. Until that point, I had relied upon bait, spinners, and plugs to land trout on the local creeks and lakes, and thought of the ultra-light spin casting tackle I grew up with as refined. I did not buy a thing on that first visit, but became obsessed with the whole idea of fly fishing. And the man with the handlebar mustache and stubble beard tying flies in the way backRead More →

Sunday morning dawned cold and clear after a strong front pushed by 30 mph winds passed in the night. The temperature at launch on Oneida at 0700 hrs Sunday was -22. The high temp for the day was -5. But the boys were game and we launched. And we fished. Crystal clear and cold. The fish were tough…they were below us, but most would not bite. We iced a few with persistence and patience. And we all enjoyed the challenge. A safe, enjoyable, and decent adventure on the ice for Aiden, Trevor, James and Matt. Thanks guys…I appreciated your focus, your patience, and your goodRead More →

The water in the trout lakes is the perfect temperature for great fishing….only a couple more trips before the Grey Ghost 2 hibernates in the barn through the winter. Time to get ice gear together…maybe get serious about deer and duck hunting in the interim. I have to post a pic of a bruiser buck rainbow that toar u p the lake but was brought to the net skillfully by Jeff the Carpenter…and repost the pic of the slob hen rainbow I caught. These two fish were my personal highlights of the 2015 Autumn season. Both were released to fight again another day. Peace Mike CrawfordRead More →

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Another year comes to a close. Autumn transitions slow this year into winter. And we reflect. Kids are looking forward to the things Christmas brings. For us parents, us adults, we tend to look back, reminisce on another year past, grateful for the family and friends we still have with us, excited to spend time with each of them. Happy memories, of those we have lost, drift through our thoughts as we celebrate life this Christmas. Now is the season that brings out the best in us I like to think. Makes us kinder, gentler, humbler. I would like to thank all of those whoRead More →