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Gray Drake Newsletter Volume V

 

 

 

Summer 2009

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THEY'RE BACK!
SUMMER STEELHEADING IS HERE!
 
 

Sunrise on Muskegon River - image

 
 

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If you've never hooked a summer steelhead on the fly, you are missing out on an unforgettable experience! From June thru early September, these massive 3-salt steelhead ascend the St. Joe, Northern Indiana and Big Manistee. The Muskegon got quite a few strays last year. They can be very aggressive to the fly and put you into your backing instantaneously.

Without doubt, the Skamania Steelhead are the   tarpon of the Great Lakes!

We still have some prime dates left. Come and join us! You will find that there is something unique about steelheading in a T-shirt!

  • The St. Joseph river is stocked with close to 300,000 summer Steelhead a year

  • These fish grow to very large sizes

  • They are "bulls in a china shop" when hooked

We still have reservations available at the Gray Drake Lodge. Reserve a summer or fall date for a getaway and enjoy some fly-fishing.

These fish are unbelievable on a fly rod! - they "are" the Tarpon of the Great Lakes. With tremendous leaping ability and shear brute strength and muscle, these fish will test your 8-weight to its limits! Using floating lines and dead drifting, stripping or swinging nymphs, speys and bunny leaches, these aggressive fish will hammer your fly offerings with a vengeance.

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**NOTE: Click on the link or the map to check out Matt's new article in the July/August issue of Eastern Fly Fishing Magazine.

Click here or on the map to view the magazine at www.matchthehatch.com

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SUMMER TROUT
 
WHAT TO EXPECT


After a phenomenal spring of Trout fishing the Mighty Muskegon with perfect water conditions (somewhat high and a perfect stain tannic color ideal for dry fly fishing), we were amazed by the insect hatches - actually quite baffled to be honest!

In the fourteenth year of business at the Gray Drake Lodge we have never seen hatches as thick as this spring. Cool and wet weather in the 60's was the norm for May and June and the bugs loved it! The Gray Drake (Siphlonorous) created blanket spinner falls for 4 weeks - often making the fishing impossible at times turning the water's surface into a sawdust coating of spinners. One of my clients from Germany, who fishes all over the world, said he never saw anything like it one late May evening. As I write this (June 21), there are still heavy mating flights of drakes as of last night.

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Along with the success of the drakes, sulphurs, cahills, caddis (including massive micros at dark) isonychias and blue winged olives were in tremendous abundance. What this did was make the holdover Browns and Rainbows into huge feeding machines with many Trout topping 20 inches on a consistent basis.

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With the cold water bubbler installed and ready to go at Croton Dam, this summer's Trout fishing in the river could be spectacular! Due to the heavy food base, the stocked Trout have already grown several inches and are fat and sassy on a 5 weight.

 



 

 

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DOWNLOAD OUR PDF ~ PROPOSED IDEAS
TROPHY BROWN TROUT FISHERY

Cover of Trophy Brown Trout Fishery PDF Slide Show - link

 

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In 2010, the Michigan DNR is proposing new Trout regulations. Please click on cover of the PDF Slide Show below to read more on our proposed ideas for creating an "Experimental Trophy Brown Trout Fishery" for two tail waters in the State that have demonstrated excellent trophy growth rates and holdover for 20 inch Brown Trout (The Muskegon and Big Manistee)

If you are interested in promoting these regulations, go to the Michigan DNR web site and voice your opinion by September 1st Here is a link to a downloadable pdf of the DNR Proposal to Modify Inland Trout Regulations

 
Planning a Family Getaway? A Small Business Retreat?
 
 
The Gray Drake Lodge may be the Way To Go!
 
         
 
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THE GRAY DRAKE LODGE

 
 

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With air travel and long distance driving costs going through the roof, the Gray Drake is an excellent choice and closer to home. Families, relatives and friends can enjoy a day in the river catching Trout, Salmon, Steelhead, Small Mouth Bass -- you name it!

  • Located on some of the most picturesque waters of the River with Trout filled riffles and pools
  • Luxury Lodging and Gourmet Dining
  • Small corporate gatherings and retreats with a plethora of outdoor activities other than fishing


 

Deep through the fall, and the heart of a snowy winter, are great times to get a group of people together for a friends, family or a small business group getaway. Our river will be teaming with Salmon, Steelhead, Trout and large Lake-Run Browns. Couple this with abundant upland bird hunting for grouse and deer bow hunting and you'll have a sportsmen's heaven!

Excellent golf courses, restaurants, kayaking and canoeing, antique shopping, and nature trails will take up your non-fishing time. The nearby museums of Grand Rapids and Muskegon along with the pristine beaches of the Lake Michigan Shoreline, your whole family and group will get the most out of the outdoor experience.

 

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Visit the new Gray Drake Lodge web site today!

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Don't forget the excellent grouse and turkey hunting opportunities in addition spring kayaking and canoeing. Visit the Newaygo County Convention and Visitors Bureau online: www.newaygocountytourism.com

Visit Pure Michigan at www.michigan.org for more information. Visit Michigan Outdoors at www.michigansgreatoutdoors.org for info on the five counties near us in central West Michigan.

 

 

 
 
SUMMER FLY BOX
 

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PURPLE HAZE (Tied by Matt Supinski)

This is an excellent pattern for summer Steelhead
and Small Mouth Bass
- Big Trout at dark also love it!

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RECIPE

HOOK
: DAIICHI 2051, Size 1.5
THREAD: Black 3/0 UNI-THREAD
TAIL: PURPLE RABBIT STRIP AND HARELINE PURPLE HAZE FLASHABOU
BODY: BLACK/BLUE HARELINE UV POLAR ICE CHENILLE
OVER-BODY:
PURPLE RABBIT STRIP
LEGS: WHITE/BLACK HARELINE CENTIPEDE LEGS
COLLAR: DYED PURPLE SILVER PHEASANT HARELINE
EYES: CHARTRUESE DUMBELL EYES - HARELINE


A little Purple Haze Fly Tying Music

Launch in external player
 
     
 
GOOD DAM NEWS SUMMER
 
 

 

 

 

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According to the guys at Consumers Power/Croton Dam, the new cold water bubbler is ready to go. Located above Croton in a very deep trough which holds the coldest water sent down from Hardy Dam's 3 million dollar new turbine, which will enhance bottom-draw output and dissolved oxygen, it should be interesting to see what happens.

Also, did you notice the deep tannic stain the river has this year? This is an excellent sign that the zebra mussels are not doing as well as they did in the past. Consumers has spent next to nothing in power washing hot blast water to clean their turbines from exotic pests in the last few years. Back in the early 2000's period, they were spending a fortune. The tremendous caddis hatches are an immediate tell-tale sign the "damm clams", as the late Fly Fishing Genius, Carl Richards described them, are slowly becoming less of an impact. Very cold winters and cool spring/summer temperatures (global warming!) are the culprit for these poor little critters demise. Oh Yeah! - high water flows also are not to their liking.

 
 
FALL SALMON AND STEELHEAD ARE
JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
 
  From September through October, Chinook and Coho Salmon will ascend our rivers in tremendous numbers. On their heels will be the leaping chrome silver beauties - fall Steelhead! Throwing and stripping or swinging large barred Rabbit Tiger Strip Leeches, Comets, Bosses or Hex nymphs and eggs, a world class Salmon or Steelhead is yours for the taking!  
  • Western Michigan's
    Lake Michigan Tributaries provide in excess of 7 million Wild Salmon and Steelhead Smolts through natural reproduction.

  • Catching a 20 lb plus Pacific Salmon on a fly rod is a reality - with double-digit Hook-ups
 
 

Fall Salmon Fishing

Just when everyone thought Lake Michigan Salmon Fishery was belly up (DNR Reports of smaller Salmon and heavy reduction in smaller pelagic bait fish alewives), this spring 2009 took everybody by surprise. Record catches of fat Coho and Chinook Salmon, not to mention piles and miles of bait fish in the lake baffled everyone. 20 lb Chinooks and 8-15 pound Coho with a dozen alewives in their bellies was the norm out of Southwest Michigan charter fleets. This bodes well for this fall's Salmon run.

 

Steelhead Fishing in the Fall

 
 

STREAMSIDE CUISINE GRAY DRAKE RECIPE

 
 

SMOKED SALMON

 
 

Perfect for hors d'oeuvres on a summer's day with a nice cold, oak chardonnay or a canape or bagel, cold smoked, Scottish style Salmon with all the accoutrements is the way to go.

Browne Trading Company has an excellent farm-raised Maine Atlantic Salmon that is cold-smoked over Maine Fruitwoods, and cured with Scotch Whiskey. (www.browntradingcompany.com) It is very affordable when compared with imported Scottish Salmon. Either on Pumpernickel points or bagels, and garnish with the following:

*Finely chopped cooked egg yolks and whites
*Finely chopped red onion
*Fresh Dill
*Capers
*Philly Cream Cheese is optional


 

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Summer Pesto Potato Salad

Approximate Measurements

Small Red Potatoes - 1 small bag/quartered skin on
Green Onion - 1 bunch/sliced
Red Bell Pepper - 1 sliced
Red Pepper Flakes - 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon

Cook potatoes until soft - not over done

Pesto

Fresh Basil Leaves
Garlic Cloves - 5 large
Lemon Juice - 3 to 4 tablespoons
Grated Parmesan Cheese - 1 cup
Olive Oil - 1/2 cup

Puree Ingredients

Toss with potatoes and all other ingredients.

 
     
 

NEWS RELEASE

 
 
*****It's too early to announce, but look for soon to come developments at the Gray Drake Lodge!!!!!
 
 

 

 
 

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Matt and Laurie Supinski
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Gray Drake Lodge
7522 S. Gray Drake Bluff
Newaygo, MI 49337
231-652-2868


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