Schultzy’s Report 7-7-11
Sorry for the long lapse in reports & pics. I’ve been on the water everyday for the past 3 weeks chasing the boys of summer. Smallmouth as well as carp fishing are a full GAME ON!!! Eirik, Aaron and I have been hard at work over the past few weeks guiding multiple species on multiple rivers here in Southern Michigan. The fishing has been nothing short of spectacular as of late. With consistantly dry warm weather the fish have been very predictable. As you can see from the photo’s below we have been in the thick of it!!!
After 3 weeks of hardcore carpin it was nice to be back on the sticks searching for smalljaws. Bob Cannon was my angler for the day on one of our rivers to the north. Bob spent the afternoon tossing streamer with very good success. After dinner we switched over to poppers and got it done in a BIG way! Plenty of aggressive fish looking up in the low clear water. Hot flies for the day were the Gold & White Murdich Minnow as well as Vitso’s Shad Popper.
First of the day on the popper was the biggest at 17.5″
My first day back from a mini 4th of July vacahad me on the water with first time SO client Mark Ish. Mark and I set out early with carp on the top of the list. It didn’t take long as Mark hammered down in the first section we fished and continued to do so all day.
Eirik’s client Gary Stan with his first of several on the day
Friday before the big holiday weekend had us heading north right in the thick of the traffic. After a long ride Peter and Tate Feenygot things going early with some solid mid teen smallies finding the net. After a slow in the action things heated up in a big way! We spent the evening tossing poppers to many willing combatants. Hot flies were Schultzy’s S3 Sculpin in Olive as well as Pacific Fly Groups Harvey’s SW Popper in Gold & White.
Tate Feeny showing us how to get it done with the popper
Peter sticks his first ever carp on the streamer! S3 Sculpin in Olive got it done for us
With the carp game dialed it was time for SO regular’s Bill and Karen Kraus to take their shot at the title. Bill started our day off with a great battle. We covered two very different sections of the Huron river and found success in both. Bill and Karen put over 100lbs of carp in boat.
Bill with his first carp on the surface
Bonefish Bob Cannon and I floated a couple sections of river on this beautiful June afternoon. After getting off to a slow start with extreamlylow water. (I’m guessing an issue with one of the dams) Bob and I were happy to see the water come up just in time for the mid day bite. Bob landed several golden bones on the day.
Found me on the water with a couple old time friends and clients Jeff Wicklander of Northville Barbers as well as Fly Shop David Heid. After taking Jeff on this section a river a few weeks ago he had to come back for more. It was Davids first trip on our mid Michigan waters and he was not disappointed. Dispite18″ of viz the guys but on a clinic with the Rio Outbound Short Floating/ Intermediate lines and Crayfish combo. The hot fly of the way was Schultzy’s Single Fly Cray in size 1/0.
Wicky displays a slim but athletic 17
6-27-11 (PM Trip)
Monday afternoon had me on some fresh water with Jeff Wicklander. Jeff is no stranger to the blog this year. Seems like he’s in my boat once a week when the fishings on!!! Today was no different. Jeff put the boots to several nice surface feeding carp including the 13lb BOGA Griped leather carp below.
When a client tells me to fish I usually say no. But… When double digit carp are feeding on the surface I usually take a shot. This fatty took on the first drift! Perfect fish to show of the new “Brotherhood of Fly Fishing” hat from This is Fly. Thanks for the hook up Paris!
6-27-11 (AM Trip)
I spent my morning with first time SO clients Andy Marko and Bill Jack. Both of which were new to the carp game as well. After 3 second presentation demo I demonstrated the no look dangling berry hook up technique. It was going to be one of those days! Both Bill and Andy had plenty of shots and hook ups throughout the morning.
Andy followed with one
Carlos and Bruce Feterolf joined me for a late Fathers Day float. BothBruce and Carlos had fished with me in the past. As always we had a wonderful day chasing the golden bones. The guys boated double digits some as big as 12lbs.
Bruce with one of many on the day
Carlos and I with one of his
6-25-11 Off DAY… Kind’ve!
Aaron Wiley, Brian Doelle and I floated an old favorite stretch of the Huron that we rarely take clients to due to it lack of accessability. After a 300 plus yard drag we were cruising along in the heavily stained waters with high hopes. 10 minutes in we connected with this duker! The gold over white Murdich Minnow did the trick. Not quite 20″ but I take a 19 plus any day.
Lower Huron Piggy!
6-24-11 (PM Trip)
Howdy Holmes was my stick for the afternoon. With mulberry carp our main focus we headed down river. The clarity was good and the fish were looking up. Howdy stuck several fish in the 10lb range and even let me stick one!
Howdy with the victim… SAVAGE!
6-24-11 (AM Trip)
Gregg Rasmussen and Leon Bunch joined me for a gray skied morning of carping. This being the 3rd annual float/ carp competiton. The match was tied 1 to 1. Gregg took the W in 2011 with a few to hand.
Gregg with a Huron River Golden Bone
Greg with a nice FRUIT lover
Tommy proving you can get it done in FU Bay
Another veteran of the carp game Dr. Bob Bailey was my man on the stick. The rain was on and off all day but the fishing remained consistant. Even with high winds Bob got the job done!
Bob showing how to get down in dirty with Mr. Carp!
Dr. Bailey with one of several on the day
Mark and Todd Griffin were in full carp mode on this beautiful June day. With the Mulberries just starting to hit the water the surface feed was on!
Mark playing one from the boat
Todd with a Huron River FATTY!
Father and Son Mark & Todd Griffin
Mickey & Andrew Taylor joined me for their first experice with carp on the fly. We got off to a great start with Mickey cracking a 15lb bull right off the bat. Soon after the Taylors double up! See pic below.
Andrew & Mickey DOUBLE UP!!!
Mickey with a 15lb Brute
6-19-11 Fathers Day
My brother John and I decided it would be a good idea to take Dad fishing for Fathers day. After a slight twisting of his arm plans were made to do a little mulberry carpin to break him in on the fly game! Back on June 28th 2008 we purchased a Scott Rod, Ross Reel and SA line for his retirement gift. Almost 3 years to the day he got to use it! Several carp were hooked and landed. I hope this becomes a tradition.
My brother John got the day started with this guy
The Schultz crew on Fathers Day 2011
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