Siciliano's Market News, January 28 Edition

This week's list of new and returning products follows a few words about looking ahead to summer

A warm summer morning on the Litte Manistee

Preamble by Steve Siciliano

I try to live in the moment but every year about this time I find myself looking ahead a few months to when it warms up enough to go fishing again. If I were a hardier soul I would gather my gear and venture out to one of the Michigan rivers where you can angle for trout year round. Now, I've fished in all sorts of inclement weather but fly fishing in the winter is just not my cup of tea. I've done it twice and neither outing was very enjoyable. On one brutally cold November day on the Manistee my son Chris and I fished from dawn to dusk and netted one fish between us. Then there was that bitter winter morning when I dropped one of my nice new Orvis fishing mittens while tying on a streamer. After a couple of lunging attempts to retrieve it there was nothing to do but watch it float with the current downstream.

I've been fortunate enough to fish a number of blue ribbon trout streams--the Beaverhead, Ruby and Madison in Montana, the Tuckasegee in North Carolina, the Holston and Watauga in Tennesee and the Au Sauble, Manistee and Pierre Marquette here in Michigan, but the river I spend most of my time on is the Little Manistee. Most avid fly anglers have a home river and the Little Manistee is mine. It's where I hone my skills and feed my fly fishing addiction.

The Little Man is a lovely river but it's a bit of a challenge to fish. It's narr