Sunday, October 01, 2006

salmon fishing Michigan's rivers

It is different from the type of fishing I am more familiar with. That includes filling a cooler with drinks and food and spending summer days on a quiet lake taking a snooze and hoping the fish don't bother me.
But fishing in Michigan's rivers is way different. For one, it's a lot of work. So coming from experience, here are a few tips:
1. Tie your flies while standing in waist-high frigid water to save trips to shore. This is relatively easy unless you happen to drop your pole and it starts heading downstream, which makes you reach over too far causing your cigarettes to fall out of your pocket. Then you almost lose your balance so your waders fill with water turning your body into a human boat anchor.
2. Enjoy the casting. When fishing rivers, you don't leave your bait in the water and kick back to wait for a strike. No, you must do what is known as casting. This is when you fling your pole with a flick of your wrist and the bait plops about six inches in front of you while all the fishing line unravels from the spool. The call of the wild commonly follows this chain of events.
3. Bring extra fishing line. After pulling off about three miles of fishing line creates a ball big enough for the Detroit Pistons to practice with, you must put on new line. This is an easy task unless you do it wrong.
4. Set the hook. When you get a strike, you need to set the hook hard because a salmon's mouth is tough. So is the tree branch that's above your head.
5. Bring a saw. This is useful to cut down the branch that has your fly above your head.
6. Have patience. This is a requirement because it takes a lot of casts to hook a fish. And it takes a lot of patience to untangle the mess when you cross lines with the fisherman next to you.

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