Jonn and Dave swapping rods
Jonn has a pretty nice Sage rod, which he let us take for a spin. It's the Sage Smallmouth BASS Rod, and comes with a sinking tip line. I'm not sure if it was the rod or the line, but everything about that package felt right. As a guide, Jonn is in the Sage guide program and is encouraged to plug products such as this. Today he did his job, Dave and I both loved it. She's a little pricey for a cheapskate like myself, but a guy can dream can't he? *Update, I was wrong about the sinking tip line - see the comment section for more info*
Fishing was tough, perhaps due in part to an all day rain shower, which we thankfully just missed. With a lot of hard work Dave managed a rock bass, and I managed a decent river smallie. She was still full of eggs and came on a fairly large streamer made with white rabbit fur, white saddle hackle and pearl flash - sorry no name for it but I'll try to remember how to tie it and show you. It was a big fly tied on a big hook and I dropped it in perfectly on my first cast to an eddy already visited by both Dave and Jonn.
Mackinaw River Smallmouth
And as a followup to my previous post, I can confirm my waders are finished. You know it's bad when I'm able to pour water out of them. Luckily I had the forethought to wear rain pants under the waders, it helped keep my legs dry. Following the fishing, the three of us chatted for a long time about flies and fishing. Jonn had some interesting ideas on where to go find some big smallies. Now I've added a couple destinations to the list of places to go fishing - some day.
I have to say I had a great time seeing the river like Jonn sees it and chatting him up afterward was great. I think we'll be doing it again. If you're interested in Jonn's guide service and/or his custom swim jigs, go drop him a line on his blog and he'll set you up.