comments by John Jonelis
Wow! Who can resist this? Take a look-see at this invitation from John Bueter, famous fly fishing personality.
I’ve printed the letter below along with recent local photos so you can see what’s going on over there. This is the perfect getaway for a Chicago entrepreneur! Check it out:
The ONE, The ORIGINAL, The ONLY
SALMON CAMP ‘18
A Tradition for 28 Years!
Well, kids, it’s THAT time of year again! The excitement of the season is overwhelming, as the River comes alive with HUGE fish. Our target species is the mighty King Salmon in the wild and scenic Pere Marquette River. This area is FLY RODS ONLY. No spinning gear. No snagging. No treble hooks welded to spark plugs.
Last season’s fish weighed in heavier than normal. This year they’re even LARGER, with documented catches off shore of 40+ pounds! Bring your big guns, Kids! We’ll be hosting festivities again at the Bueter Compound.
The 24 hour Campfire tradition continues, providing the backdrop for the usual hijinks, exchange of regional information (mostly lies), recounting of the day’s adventures (again, mostly lies), and permanent cementing of friendships. Campers are encouraged to use the showers to control the fly, bear, and buzzard problems.
The spirit of mentorism and camaraderie will flourish once again. Proven fly patterns, proven knots and rigging—all demonstrated. Maybe some new stuff, too. Be sure to bring your tying gear—you’ve got things to offer and learn!
We’ve manned the barbeque pit. All the usual suspects will again prepare a super-duper-up-north dinner Saturday night, and a breakfast that will revive the near-dead.
There’s always room for newbies—no matter your level of experience. Remember the founding concept of Salmon Camp: “This is too much fun to keep to ourselves!”
Lookin’ Forward to fishin’ with y’all !!!
Your Master of Salmon Mayhem,
Is that a compelling invitation or what? Wanna go? Well, yeah! I get to chase 40 lb salmon with a fly rod? Who wouldn’t want a thrill like that? Let’s go early!
I particularly like the legal jargon on their “catch and release” form:
“…Illegal substances, firearms, and spinning tackle are not welcome in Camp…Camp “crashers” will be found, drawn and quartered, and their hides nailed to the fence so as to discourage others. This Camp will go on rain or shine—NO WHINERS. We encourage good stewardship of our resources, and will not tolerate scofflaws.”
Never fly fished before? Neither did the gal who caught a 40 lb Chinook last year. Didn’t stop her. Oops—guess I just can’t keep a secret.
Here’s the place:
- Bueter’s Salmon Camp 3200 South James Road, north of Baldwin, MI 49304
- RSVP John or Rhonda Bueter via phone, ‘e’mail, or snail mail, so we don’t run outa bbq sauce & eggs. Office 231-745-3070, Cell 248-345-1402, firstname.lastname@example.org , Website www.cloud9baldwin.com
- Cost for Salmon Camp ’18: $135
Hey, that’s a bargain!
Pack this stuff:
- Michigan all-species fishing license
- Big Dog Fly rod (8-9-10 wt) a spare is not unwise
- Quality Reel with super-smooth drag
- Sink-Tip Flyline
- 12 pound tippet, or higher
- Lots and Lots of flies (Note: max size #4 single point hook)
- Waders, Boots, Wading Staff
- Hook Hone, Nippers, Pliers [Hemostats are worthless here]
- Big Landing Net (17 inch handle max)
- Polarized Glasses
- Flashlight, Lantern, Headlight [Important!]
- Rain Gear, Appropriate Clothing
- Tent, Sleeping Gear, Personal Stuff
- Don’t Forget yer Bubba
Various photographers as posted by John Bueter on Facebook, just prior to the event.
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