Monday, March 26, 2012

I Dig it... I really dig it....

I probably wont be posting too many steelhead flies for a while, as I am gonna focus on trout and musky for a while, but I just had to show y'all what I will be wrapping up at my desk tonight. I am really diggin' on this pattern and look forward to seeing it in action next fall. 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fight The Power

If you are going to fish Bristol Bay this summer, do your part to make sure it isn't your last trip. Help save Bristol Bay by booking a trip where you know your dollars are going to make a difference. has teamed up with Trout Unlimited's Save Bristol Bay Campaign to help raise money to stop the proposed Pebble mine and protect Bristol Bay's epic fishing waters. You can help by booking a fishing trip before March 10th. 
1. Go to our promo page:
2. Choose from one of our 25+ recommended lodges and adventures.
3. Fill out the booking inquiry form and submit. Please be sure to include the dates and duration of stay that you are interested in. 
4. The lodge or outfitter will contact you directly by phone or email as soon as possible to discuss availability, trip questions, and additional booking logistics.
Once you book your trip, sit back and relax. Dream about the fish you will catch, and feel good about helping to protect Bristol Bay's fish, wildlife and rivers. As a thank you, we'll send you an AK fishing gift before your trip.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fly Shop Friday

What better day to remind people of the great fly shops around the country than Friday? 

Baldwin Bait & Tackle (BBT) in Baldwin, MI is one of my personal favorites. They sit across from the Pere Marquette River, which is one of the most diverse fisheries in Michigan. It has it everything a fly fisherman could want in a trout stream. First of all, it gets a wild run of steelhead and salmon (both Coho and Chinook) that can be targeted easily with spey rods or nymphing alike. That of course is what is most popular with fisherman of the area, but myself, I go to the Pere Marquette for the trout. Whether it's stripping streamers from the log riddled banks or walking around in the dark throwing bushy hex and mouse patterns for massive browns that go "plomp!" in the night (seriously, their rises sound like bowling balls being thrown into the water), it's a river you soon will not forget. 

With hatches like this, no wonder the trout are massive.

BBT is THE shop for fishing the Pere Marquette. They have the flies, gear and knowledge to help you find fish regardless of what time of the year it is. So give Steve a call and let him know Hip To The Sip sent you. 

Photography By Steve Fraley 

Baldwin Bait and Tackle
9331 S. M-37
Baldwin, MI 49304 
Phone (Toll Free): 877-4-BALDWIN 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Hope Springs Eternal

I think it's safe to say that spring is here in Colorado. The snow is gone on the front range and bugs are popping even in the high country. Instead of hoping for more size 24 midges, I can reasonably expect to find at the very least some baetis. It's nice to know that bigger hatches, big streamers and warm weather are on the horizon. Now, i'm not foolish enough to think that we wont get another random snow shower, but the snow is fighting a losing battle. We won the battle of winter once again. 

I am going to go tie some dry flies...

Saturday, March 17, 2012

My Mantra

At my age, there aren't too many life lessons that I got a handle on yet. There are a few things that I do know though. I know that nothing in life is easy. If you want a better life, you have participate in the process of getting it. If you want to fish the for something you haven't fished for before, you have to buy a plane ticket. If you want to become a better person, then you have to make a daily conscious effort to become a better man/woman. Write down the things you want to accomplish. Look at them every morning and make plans for your day that get you one step closer to that goal. 

Don't type them into a word document and save them in your documents folder. In fact, they should rename that folder. "Where Dreams Go To Die" is a more fitting title than anything you could possibly name it. There is a change that happens when you physically write something down with pen and paper. So write down your dreams. Look at them daily. Then plan your day as if your only goal is to get one step closer to each of those goals. 

If you want to live life to it's fullest... the first thing you have to do is live.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Blast From The Past

  Broke out the scanner and took an attempt at editing some old prints of fish from yesteryear. 

34" Lake Run Brown caught on a green caddis pupa - Circa 1996

Don't act like those camo waders don't impress you. I see you checking them out....


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Match The Hatch

I ran across some funky stuff at I think I need some of those beagle patterns for musky fishing this weekend.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Word on The Street

Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero Trailer from RT on Vimeo.

Word on the street is that the ice on my local Musky haunt is clearing. But that's just the word on the street.

If yours isn't then pick up Musky Country: Zero 2 Hero from Rob Thompson at


Thursday, March 1, 2012

12 Months of Awesomeness: March

So.... as many of you know, I turned 30 recently. Once I finally quit dry heaving and hyperventilating I took a real hard look at how I have spent my life. Now don't get me wrong, I have had a very spirited and eventful life, but I haven't completed half of the things that I thought I would have by now. This is an epiphany that will not go unnoticed or without immediate action. I have decided that I don't want to wake up 40 and feel the same way.

This leads us to [/que Michael Buffer voice] 12 MONTHS OF AWESOMENESS......

So here's my plan. I have spent too much time saying that, "one day I will". Every month starting with March, I will do something that I have always wanted to do, but put off. In March, I will take guitar lessons. I have sat around far too many campfires wishing I knew how to play the guitar better. 8 weeks of lessons will hopefully set me on the right path and get me jamming CCR songs by July. Either way, I will have done something that I always said I was going to do.

This is going to be a great year.