25 April 2005
Long cold fun weekend on the big lake
We spent a 3-day weekend up north on the lakeshore celebrating Earth Day in a rustic cabin without electricity or running water. The weather turned cold, snowy and windy, but we found it hard to complain. Bec and I fished the Sturgeon River on Friday on the way north. What a beautiful stream. And it's powerful water. This has to be the fastest flowing stream in Michigan. Wading just knee deep is a struggle. I caught my largest brook trout ever - 11". Not big but gorgeous.
Saturday, we were joined by 2 friends and we headed to the Ocqueoc to search for steelhead. We found no steelies but saw several bald eagles. Fortunately, we were sheltered from the wind for most of our time on the river.
On the way home on Sunday, we stopped to fish the AuSable River but found the wind and horizontal snow an obstacle to enjoyment. Casting sink tips and streamers with a 30-mph upstream wind is just silly. We each caught a little trout and called it a day.
All in all, a great low-impact weekend that felt like a real break from the work week.
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