Redd Education

The term “redd” refers to the spawning bed of trout in a river or stream. Redds can be identified by a bowl-shaped indentation of clean bright rocks. Redds are formed by trout beating the rocks with their tail-fin. Trout do … Continued

PMRL’s 2019 Terrestrial School

Tossing big foamy hoppers or bushy stimulators can be some of the most fun summer fishing on Michigan’s rivers. Terrestrials often elicit ferocious predatory responses from small and large trout alike. PMRL’s Terrestrial School will prepare anglers for the big … Continued

PMRL’S 2019 Gray Drake School

Michigan’s gray drake hatch is what dry fly fishermen and women dream of. Gray drakes usually start to swarm during evenings a couple hours before nightfall. Below the surface resident trout wait — and then gorge on the spinner fall. … Continued

PMRL’s 2019 Streamer School

Strip, strip, strip — BOOM! A big brown trout slams a streamer right before your eyes. It’s one of the most exhilarating experiences in fly fishing, and this school will help prepare you for it. Learn the ins and outs … Continued

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

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