Entries by Jon Ray

Drakes, Iysonychia, and Hex Patterns

New Drakes, Iysonychia, and Hex Patterns I am excited to announce a new partnership with Montana Fly Company and myself. I have recently released several new dry fly patterns from my arsenal. They are now available through Montana Fly Company this year. It’s been a while since I have put anything new out there. The […]

Early Season Trout Tactics

3 Tactics for Early Season Trout Fishing By the time the end of February arrives it could be  4-6 months since some trout anglers have wet a line. For most the Early Season Trout fishing can’t get here soon enough as cabin fever is at or near its breaking point. While most of the press […]

Streamer Stripping Helpful Tips

How many times have you heard the phrase “don’t stop moving your streamer”, when streamer fishing?  It’s an interesting phrase and there is it a lot of truth to it for a lot of situations.  However, there are always “exceptions to the rule” as multiple other scenarios might play out in your fly fishing career […]

No Alcohol in the Huron-Manistee Forest

Update to the story The US Forest Service has decided to not implement the ban in 2019 but instead has agreed to let local authorities address the problem in 2019. They have reserved the right to implement it in 2020. It seems obvious that they have bowed to pressure from the merchants. Capt. Chuck No […]

Golden Dorado, Parana on the Fly

Parana on the Fly I have been trying to come up with the words over the past few weeks to describe the jaw dropping experience at Parana on the Fly in Itati (Corrientes region), Argentina. It has been harder than I figured it would be to find the right words. I traveled to Parana on […]

Southwest Michigan Steelhead

Introduction and Where Hawkins Outfitters is excited to introduce a new option to pursue steelhead in the Southwest portion of Michigan. This is a great choice for those folks traveling from Chicago, Grand Rapids, or Detroit that need a quick chrome fix!  Hawkins Outfitters now has the capability to fish several of the southwestern tributaries […]

Fishing Foam Patterns

Fishing Foam Patterns Fishing Foam Patterns during the middle of the summer is pretty standard because there are less natural aquatic insects hatching.  Trout are keying in on terrestrials, like grasshoppers, ants, and beetles.  While simply throwing out a foam pattern into the river will work, there are a few techniques and tips that we […]