Northern Michigan is currently experiencing the last massive run off. The low swamps along the streams are feeding the rivers with the last of this past winters snow pack. The Maple, Pigeon, Sturgeon and Black rivers are on the high side and slightly muddy. This next warm period should bring some hatches and warm the streams into the 50F temperature range. Stone flies are out but few others bugs are active. Streamers and nymphs are the choice of the fly fishing angler.
Steelhead (lake run Rainbows) are just starting to move up the river along with big Brown Trout in Emmet County. The Pere Marquette is in full swing as the lower part of Michigan is experiencing warmer weather in the low sixties Fahrenheit. Getting your rig to the bottom is the key to success. Fighting a 5 pound, 24 inch fish to the net in heavy water... good luck.
Remember your fishing license expired at the end of March, go buy your new license. Get that yard work done. Clean those floating lines, tighten those reel screws and a little silicone on spools. I have my flies in my vest and waders are ready. It is time to put those -30 degree winter days behind and enjoy the new season and all it natural wonders. The rivers are calling.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.