Salmon fly fishing photos from Michigan's Betsie River near Traverse City - August and September 2005. 


August 14th - Salmon fishing has started on the Betsie River.  We landed a few really nice fresh Chinook Salmon today.   Look for good numbers of new fish with each rain.  Right now best numbers are in the very lower river.
Aug. 16th - Here is Jeff and Rob Georgic with a couple of big Kings from the Betsie River.  We landed four today and lost a bunch of other salmon.   This time of year its best to cover lots of water.  Many holes and runs are empty but a few are full of fresh King Salmon.  The river is in need of some good rain - hopefully later this week.
Aug. 22nd and 23rd - Chris Poulos Mike Sargent with a fresh run Chinook Salmon from the Betsie River.  This is a excellent time to fly fish for river salmon here in Northern Michigan.  Right now there are no crowds and the salmon are in great shape.  Today about 15 fish were hooked and 3 were landed.  The water is very low and clear right now.  Best flies and have been on the small side - green caddis, nuke eggs, and small marabou spey patterns.
Aug. 26th - A beautiful fresh run Betsie River salmon caught by Rick Palazzini.  Fish took a small olive wooly bugger.  Right now fish are in the deepest water you can find.
Aug. 21st - John Kalathas with big Betsie River King Salmon.  One of best fighting salmon of the year - the six foot high jump was very cool!
Aug. 28th - Here is Ryan with the first salmon he ever hooked.  Small flies did the best today - nuke eggs, green caddis, and small buggers.  Water levels were very low on the Betsie River today.  Fish have been a bit spooky and are in the deeper holes.  Today there were a few new fish moving upstream and this should just keep increasing everyday.
Sept. 23rd - Excellent day of salmon fishing on the Betsie River.  Here is Bruce Hambell with a big fresh Chinook Salmon.
Sept. 19th and 20th - Andy and Tom Montpas caught a number of very nice Chinook Salmon on the Betsie River.  Water levels are very low and a good rain is really needed.  Still good numbers of pre spawning salmon are in the deeper holes.   Cool weather and rain is forecasted for later this week.  This should get big numbers of fresh salmon moving into the Betsie and Platte River.  Still lots of salmon to come from Lake Michigan.
Sept. 16th and 17th - Carl Smoot and John Venter landed a bunch of nice fresh King Salmon on the Betsie River.  Small nuke eggs, Hex nymphs, and egg sucking leeches were the best patterns.
Sept. 15th - Mike Sargent and Dave Petts had big numbers of salmon in the river today.  With the recent rains good numbers of salmon were on the move all day.
Sept 12th - Ben Pinti with a big Chinook Salmon.  Extreme heat today on the river - felt like mid summer not early fall.  Still some good fishing even with the hot bright day.
Sept. 10th - Jeff Georgic with a huge Betsie River King Salmon.  After salmon was released he went and sat under our lunch table.
Sept. 3rd - Gary Cowan with his first Betsie River King Salmon.  There are some very nice fresh chinook salmon in the Betsie right - just not the big numbers yet.  Water levels are very low and rain is needed.   Best action of late has been fishing small nymphs and egg patterns.  We have seen a couple of steelhead caught the last week.  Its still a little early for them but at least there are a few around.
Sept. 1st - Mike landed two real nice Betsie River Chinook salmon today.  Small nuke eggs were the best pattern today.


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