Night Moves: What I learned Fishing at Night

Night Moves: What I Learned Casting into the Dark

By Jim DuFresne

For an evening float on the Upper Manistee River Spence Vanderhoof and I met Ed McCoy at an access site around 5 p.m. where a party of canoers, who had too much to drink that day, didn’t have enough patience with each other that night so someone had to call the police. Four police cars arrived and blocked us in the parking lot for 20 minutes before they allowed Ed to pull out in his pick-up with a driftboat in tow.

By the time we drove upriver to our put-in site and slide the driftboat down the wooden ramp into the current, it was almost 7 p.m. Just as well. This day had been brutally muggy and hot even for a week that was unseasonably warm. Ed, a guide with Mangled Fly Outfitters, knew we were still an hour away from rigging up our rods.

So we just floated for a while, eating sandwiches while drifting around one river bend after another. Soon the Manistee was ours, the paddlers and inner tubers were long gone. So were most other anglers. Wildlife slowly began to appear with Spence happily naming the ones with wings.

Then we saw the first rings of a feeding trout.

“When you take the time to listen to nature,” Ed said, “she tells you things.”

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Uncommon Knowledge, Part 3

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

Part 2 of this post presented some info on body temperature, the language of motion, migration and spawning. Part 3 discusses species origins and diversity, claims to fame, and some points on diet.

Species Origins, and Man as Proliferation Mule

Rainbow and brown trout may be in the same family (Salmonidae), but they’re different species in different genera. Ancestrally, the family divided into two groups between fifteen and twenty million years ago. Oncorhynchus (from which rainbows spring) became isolated in the North Pacific, and Salmo (the browns faction) in the North Atlantic.

So the natural range of brown trout extends from Iceland to the Atlas mountains in North Africa and from Ireland to the Ural Mountains and the Caspian sea. Non-natives to North America, browns were introduced in the second half of the 19th Century from Germany and the UK. And there are no native brown trout of any kind in the southern hemisphere–all introduced by man. Conversely, rainbows are not native to Europe or the British Isles; they were introduced by man around the same time browns came to North America.

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Uncommon Knowledge, Part 1

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

We may think we know our quarry. But I’ve spent part of this past winter doing some research, which has uncovered some knowledge tidbits of which I was unaware and which in many cases lend me an improved understanding. Some of them will result in trying things differently. I thought I’d share some of these facts with you, on the chance you might get a similar benefit.

So many aspects of trout lore are widely known by fly fishermen; but I’ve tried to avoid including the more commonly obvious items in this article. Instead I’m listing only items that could raise an eyebrow here and there. Also, I’ve uncovered one piece of info for one trout species, and another for another; so it’s very much a swiss-cheese-esque picture I can paint. Anyway, here we go:

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