The opening of all rivers to trout fishing. It is a symbolic day that pulls on ones heart. The fishing is a challenge with cold rivers, tannin colored water and filled with food from river run off. However an experienced fly fisherman with a fly box filled with wet flies and streamers will beat the odds. Plus if your starving...you can keep them.
The weather has returned to a more April like pattern of 50 F and lows in the high 30 F range. Last weeks unseasonable warm rain lifted the streams in depth and temperature. Plenty of food and water will bring the Steelhead Trout into the smaller streams. The yard-work can wait, the lawn mower oiled and ready. Bare (no snow) ground has been with us for weeks. Hopefully no surprise snow storm in the next 3 weeks. Fly fishing is looking almost too good.
With fingers crossed we are on the cusp of an early spring. If memory serves me correct the last two winters snow took us into May.
Fly fishing equipment has not made any major break throughs like in the past. Graphite rods, large arbor reels or high tech slick floating lines. All of last years products are still current, however maintence of vests and wadders should be done to ward off a last minute crisis of some alien such as a mouse or squirrel hasn't taken up residence in your Stuff. Last minute tweaks are best done now. I've been cleaning lines, lubricating reels for a month. In a moments notice I can be river bound...the opening of all Michigan streams!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.