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Steve Fraley, BBT
Co-owner & Guide

March 5, 2015

Hey guys, just a quick update… The shop is remaining at 9am to 5pm thru this Sunday, but after that, starting on Monday we will be open 8am to 6pm 7 days a week until business and the season progresses further… Also, we are accepting applications for shop help!

Things are looking up with the forecast the way it is and I expect we’ll be in full swing around here by mid week next week if not before. (John K, John R and I all have trips the next two days; will report on that early next week.) It’s amazing what a few “warmer” nights and some sunshine can do and I expect we won’t be the only brave souls to bust a few trails this weekend, but a giant disclaimer here, I’m not saying you should, and if you do, be prepared for anything and everything!

Green Cottage looking down a couple of days ago.

Same view today…

Green Cottage looking up a couple of days ago.

same view today…

Now, here’s the kicker… This stuff below could all break up on its own tomorrow afternoon, the next day or the middle of next week, but I “expect” it’ll have some human help along the way. A couple of days ago I neglected to snap any shots since it still looked like the last ones, frozen as far as the eye could see, but the ice is much thinner now and you can see some open water in both directions…

Gleason’s looking downstream today.

Gleason’s looking upstream today.

Looks pretty wide open up here by 37, but who knows about a few of the slower spots in-between. Walking in is most certainly your safest bet at the moment and there will be plenty of open slots to wet a line…

We’re excited to kick things off and the shop is freshly stocked with flies, new fly tying materials, leader, tippet, etc…

A bunch of these things are just begging to get eaten!

We still have motel rooms and a guide or guides open for much of the season, just call the shop to check on your dates! My personal open days at this point are March 8, 9, 11, 31 and April 29 & 30, but like I said, we’ve got other great folks available for many other days… 1-231-745-3529

I’ve had a number of people ask me about the memorial Herb float on the 14th and as of right now the simple plan will be to meet at the shop at 9am. From there we will do something at one of the landings for those that aren’t floating or, wish to float a different section. It’s really nothing too formal, he didn’t want that… I expect that those who float the same section I do (To be determined) might like to get together for a few holes and at lunch to hoist a couple in his honor on the river.

I’m ready, are you?

I don’t have much more for you right now, but I will continue to get out, check things out, and post again within the week. Hope to see you soon!

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