Simple Steelhead Patterns: Early Black Stonefly Nymph

Early black stonefly nymphs are a go-to spring pattern for steelhead on the PM. These can be tied in a variety of ways, but this pattern is especially simple. Anglers targeting steelhead should have sizes ranging from 10-14 in their … Continued

Simple Steelhead Patterns: Estaz Egg

An estaz egg is a very simple egg pattern to tie and should be in every steelheader’s fly box if you’re fishing the PM. Tie these in a variety of colors like chartreuse, pink, and peach. Any estaz can be … Continued

Shiver on the River 2019

Shiver on the River is upon us! Join PMRL from March 1st through the 3rd for everyone’s favorite PM steelhead tournament. It’s $25 per person, and anglers must be part of a two-person team (You can choose your own team … Continued

PMRL Featured in Echo #FlyShopStrong Video

We’re stoked to be featured in Echo Fly Fishing’s Michigan #FlyShopStrong video! Give it a view and a like on social media. Our fly shop carries a wide selection of Echo fly rods and reels. Echo is known for gear … Continued

Pure Marquette

Driving faster than he probably had to down the pot hole-puddled two-track, he was racing nobody but the sun. Anxious to be at the launch before dawn, he was relieved to find the parking area empty, allowing him to relax … Continued

Trout Bum Diaries 1/3/2018

  Saving Sanity     "   Tis the season of the antsy steelhead fisherman. The winter doldrums have already begun to sink in due to Michigan experiencing record-breaking cold weather for December, with temperatures reaching negative twenty degrees and colder … Continued

Trout Bum Diaries 12/14/17

             " The ground is frozen, the snow is staying instead of melting, and the general population is acting like they have never driven in snow before. Winter is in full force here in Michigan with … Continued


The 2015 salmon run has afforded many of us time to reflect upon “the good ol’ days”.  This year’s low fish count has meant more sitting in the boat just watching clients fish their hearts out with minimal hook-ups or … Continued

The Imperfect Drift

I thought I’d start a blog post called “The Imperfect Drift.”  I’m calling it that for a reason.  It’s essentially a look into my life as I try to learn and understand the world of guiding, fly-fishing, fishing politics, fly-tying, … Continued

Time on the Water is Where Memories are Made

It all starts on a Monday afternoon, as you arrive home from school and your dad arrives home from work.  He comes to say hello and asks, “Do you have any test this Friday?” to which you reply “No.”  He … Continued