The Pere Marquette is a salmon run just off of Lake Michigan, a shallow tributary maybe 50 yards wide. We arrived at our spot hours before daylight to ensure that we would be the only ones fishing the hotspots that our guide had scouted out with a previous group. We would be using 9-foot, 10-weight Fly rods with 8-pound tippet rigged with a weight and 2 flies, a nymph half-way down from the tube weight and a customized salmon egg at the end of the line. It didn’t take long to feel the subtle bump on the line near the end of my drift, and with a hard, quick pull of the rod over my head, I set the hook and it was on! The battle went on for 20 minutes with dominant runs up and down the river. I eventually won the fight and beat the king in his own waters. I had worn him down and we were able to net him. Over a day and a half, I hooked up with over 50 fish and I managed to net six king salmon on my fly rod, averaging 20 pounds. Today, I am back home and eating like a “king” on smoked salmon, grilled salmon, pan seared and finding new ways every day. I highly recommend the tributary rivers of Northern Michigan during the fall salmon run; you can contact my guide and outfitter, Doyle Melton, at www.peremarquetteoutfitters.com.