Last Thursday I was on the highway at 4am heading north for one of my favorite places in the world, Michigan. I had been invited to the Fishing Porn 2012 Salmon Camp. I didn’t know what to expect. I’d heard rumors about these guys, but I pay little attention to rumors, I had to find out for myself. I gotta say these guys are top notch. The sportsmanship I saw, the patience with inexperienced fisherman, and taking time out of their day to clean up the river a bit as we floated down it showed me that these were solid dudes. While the fishing wasn’t great, the trip was pretty awesome. It’s always a crap shoot when you get ten guys together. That’s ten egos and ten chances for that one asshole to wreck the trip. Luckily that didn’t happen. We laughed, drank some adult beverages, fished late, and slept later.
We stayed at Barothy Lodge. That place felt almost too nice for some dirtbag fisherman but damned if it isn’t a comfortable place when you’re frozen from being on the river all day.
I had it in my head that if I was gonna catch a big trout or salmon, I wanted it to be on a streamer. I’m hard headed. I swung streamers, had some nice bumps, and even got to cast dry flies before a rainstorm on Baldwin Creek. I think casting the dries was the highlight of my trip.
I take that back. The highlight of my trip was visiting the Stealthcraft boats facility. I had already decided I’d be getting a Stealthcraft when I have a place to store it and this made me think now I need bigger storage so I can get the 16′ model. That thing is killer.