2011 marked our 7th Annual trip with Brad Petzke’s Rivers North Guide Service
Once again the U.P. did not let us down!
Since our home waters were blown out, Eirik and I had no choice but to cancel the last of our May smallmouth trips. So what’s a couple Trout Bums to do???
Head NORTH EARLY!!!
After a long weekend up at Higgins lake with Friends and Family I turned the rig back around and headed back north at daybreak. The plan was to hit the Escanaba by 1PM, fish the evening hatch and crash wherever we could find a pillow.
When we arrived (Ticket FREE) the river was up a bit and prime for tossing the meat around before the “Big Show”
Eirik with a SOLID Eski Brownie
Colorful overachiever takes a 6″ BC Leech
Solo net job in a big riff
Another Eski Brown
Eski Sunset & Trout
Our first night found us fishing to risers. What else could you ask for???
After two solid days of pre-fishing multiple sections of the Escanaba it was time to get to work with our guests.
This years group included… Mike Britt, Paul Henderson, Ron Fairchild, Tom Shope, Ken Spears & Jesse Blanco. Eirik and I played host’s/ guides and Capt. Brad Petzke of Rivers North was the main man!!!
As always the U.P’s Dry Fly fishing did not disappoint. We had plenty of Caddis & Stones as well as several May flies popping including… Brown Drakes, Sulphurs, Black Quills, Golden Drakes, Rusty Spinners and a few BWO’s.
During the day we had the choice of swinging traditional wets, nymphing & streamer fishing.
The variety of water was plentiful as well. Big water, small creekin as well as float tubing for large brookies! You gotta love da U.P. Ehhhhh!!!
Ron working a productive run on a small creek
Unreal cabin on the Eski
The Evening Hatch
Ken & Jesse swing wets in a productive riffle
Ron with a mid teen Brown
Jesse with a 16.5″ Brookie!
Tom with a Sulphur sipper
Schultzy with “The Fish” that took a sunk sulphur spinner
The lower Eski crew chowin down on Eirik’s Evening Hatch Chicken & Rice
Mr. Britt scores a sipping Bow
Wild Brookie on the Mickey Finn
Spending an evening on the upper Eski is always a treat!
If your interested in joining us next year the dates are set for June 6th- 10th
This is an “Exstreamly” popular trip don’t wait!!!
Cost $850 per Angler
4 Nights Lodging at a private cottage on Little Lake
3 FULL Days Guided with Schultz Outfitters & Brad Petzke of Rivers North Guide Service
Check Brad’s operation out a www.riversnorth.net