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Thursday  October 19, 2017

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Spawning Kings
10/17/17 Pine Creek
Manistee County, MI

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Today's Update and, ...or Fishing Report?

10/19/17  From 2007 to 2017 photographed Manistee, MI's same gravel bar in Pine Creek that flows into the Big Manistee River ...about 12 miles downstream of Tippy Dam.  There's been no noticeable change to the banks of this Trout Stream.
                Watched a log, fresh in 2007 deteriorate.  Now, swollen with dry rot soon to vanish from this creek.  This log is on the left side of the 11 photos located mid-picture.
                It's always a special treat for me to visit Pine Creek in the fall.  Watching Salmon spawning is totally engrossing when minutes can turn into hours, as these fish move to and fro endlessly.  1 thing the pics cannot do is to tell you how noisy these fish during the spawning process, as they work the gravel with their tails. Click 11 Pine Creek pics

10/18/17  Today's featured photo is spawning Kings in Manistee County, MI's Pine Creek.  Pine Creek is a fast flowing MDNR designated Trout Stream with regulated season.  This tributary of the Big Manistee River is a pristine and beautiful sight to behold!
                 Been doing a 10 year photo study where I photograph the same section, standing in the same place to view October spawner King Salmon (Chinook).
                What I noticed this year was the Kings appeared to be a little larger overall and in about the same numbers as past years.
                 Know today's photo is not all that clear.  But is does captured the amazing "s" turn/curve on how flexible these fish become during their last cycle of life.  With the water moving, and the fish in a constant swimming action this pic is the best I could do from distance with no flash to speed up the lens.  Click for this live action photo
                Possibly could have got closer, but it's not for me to disturb these fish with their offspring rod and reel ready in 3, 4, or 5 years.

10/17/17  My annual pilgrimage to Pine Creek, a tributary of the Big Manistee River is scheduled for this morning.  This year is my 10th anniversary of archiving photos of spawning Kings in this designated MDNR Trout Stream since 2007.  
                It's fascinating to watch these fish as they usher in new generation of King Salmon to be reel-ready in about 3, or 4 years!  Click Pine Creek article

10/16/17  Most of the time during the season there's time to work on new color combinations for potential new tackle selections.  Not so this season.  Tackle orders took off like a rocket in mid July and stayed that way thru Labor Day weekend.
                Challenge for the offseason is just to rebuild inventory that sold out this year.  Hardest hit was our meat heads that flew out the door like hotcakes.  2017 marks the first time we sold out of meat heads in most colors.
               This week we'll start process of ordering more heads to have in the machining stage by early November.  The nose and tail holes must be drilled by hand in a custom jig.

10/14/17  Have a great weekend!
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