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Wild Brook Trout In Michigan's Upper Peninsula Day 1

We had an awesome adventure chasing wild brook trout on some pretty remote rivers in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Wild brook trout in some pretty wild country. The rivers we fished required small, portable vessels to float. There was a lot of portaging and we needed mobile boats and lightweight gear. We took two Outcast Fish Scouts, which proved to be the ideal set up for these rivers and ideal for reaching new water that rarely gets fished. 

What We Took:

-Outcast Fish Cat Scouts: To effectively fish the river while still being able to pack our gear. 

-Yeti Hoppers, a Tundra 45, and a couple Rambers: To keep our food and drinks cold for the whole of the trip.

-Eagle Nest Outfitters hammocks, rain flies, and bug nets: Lightweight sleeping gear that proved to be very comfortable and easy to set up. 

-Wolverine Ricardo and Tomas Plain boots: Something we could travel comfortably in, while still being rugged enough.

-Rookeeroo Michigan t-shirt: To fit the wild Michigan adventure.

-Redington waders, jacketsBlack Vapen 9' 7wt, Predator 9' 8wt, Butter Stick 7'6" 4wt, and Rise reels: The 7 & 8wt rods were used to throw streamers with heavy sink tips, and the Butter Stick we used for dry fly fishing.

Day 1

 We got to the river late on Saturday night, set up our hammocks and camped out before starting our float early in the morning. I  barely slept due to the anticipation of the adventure at hand and just laid there staring at the stars and listening to the sounds of the night waiting for the sun to rise. 

Once the day broke we started a fire to cook a hardy breakfast and heated up some water for a much needed caffeine buzz from the traditional Patagonian drink yerba maté.


After breakfast we packed up camp and geared up for the river.

By the time we put in and worked out the logistics of the float, we were pretty excited to hit the river. The weather was perfect for streamer fishing, and we were ready to leave the crowds behind and cast at fish that may have never seen a streamer before.

It took about an hour of fishing before we started catching fish. Once we got a reasonable distance from the public put in, the bite picked up. 

After a relaxing lunch break, a fog rolled in that gave even a greater feeling of seclusion and serenity. The novelty of the vast wilderness that we just entered was like a page out of one of Hemingway's short stories.


The fishing was excellent the first day. The streamer bite was on! We landed several brookies in the 12-14 inch range, which by wild brook trout in Michigan standards is pretty good.

As late evening approached and the day started fading away, we pushed down stream to get off the river to set up camp, light a fire and fill our bellies.


Stay Tuned! Day 2 of our adventure drops soon.

Dan SheplerComment