Autumn 2016 Report and Newsletter.
Cool weather is setting in and river smallmouth, here in Illinois, are hunkering into their winter lairs. So am I. It’s been another great season on the river. Warm weather into November this year added some bonus days to my calendar and afforded me the chance to spend a few days casting instead of rowing.
Big streamers up to eight inches produced well in lightly stained water this October and November. Locating pods of feeding smallmouth and swinging flies into their midst produced a lot of hard tugs this late summer and fall. Imagine looking downstream on glassy water and seeing big smallmouth repeatedly break the surface to grab shiners mid-air, all with the backdrop of fall colors. These images will get me through another Chicago winter, until it’s time to get back on the water next spring.
Although the ‘big river’ is just one of several fisheries I guide, here in northern Illinois, it’s without question, my favorite. It’s my home water, I grew up on it and during the spring and summer it is literally my home away from home. Northern Illinois is dotted with gem fisheries, and I’m glad to see a growing interest in Illinois fly fishing. An appreciation of these waters is another step to keeping them healthy. For Chicago-landers or any angler, having a day trip fishery is a big deal. For me, it’s a necessary component to quality of life.
I’m very excited for the 2017 season and I’m accepting bookings for April through October. Gift certificates are available as well. Consider sharing this newsletter as a gift idea, email me or click "Book/Contact" to reserve your trip.
- Fly Tying Classes at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters. I'll be teaching some novice and intermediate level classes this winter. Contact chifly.com to sign up. Dates will be posted soon.
- View my recent blog on streamer fishing smallies at Sageflyfish.com.
- Volunteer work days: Get outside this December for two work days along the river. Fight invasive plant species while learning about local ecosystems. Friends of Langham Island work day December 3rd, 9am-2pm. Indian Caves work day through the Bourbonnais Township Park District December 17th, 9am,-2pm.