This morning I wiped the barbecue sauce from the corner of my mouth and took the cotton out of my ears. The returnable bottles and cans I will deal with on the next rainy day. The United States 237th birthday celebration is history. Two aspirin and It's back to the river.
The weather has been kind. Cool nights and warm days are a northern Michigan delight. Summer rules are still in affect for the Pigeon, Sturgeon, Maple, and Black rivers as outlined here and on our Facebook page, our last posted weather report. With the water temperatures approximately 62-68 F on the high end you can catch fish all day. Still bright midday sun affects success so it's morning and late afternoon / evening for the best opportunities.
The Hexagenia Limbata hatch is still around, but try to find one. The Lake Michigan shoreline, north of Cross Village is experiencing hatches but that is tribal fishing waters and trout are hard to locate. Still use those Adams, Royals, Humpys in that perverbial match the hatch scenario. Start testing those hoppers and terrestrials as well. The Brook Trout attack them with an aggressive slash.
It's a great time of year to put into effect all those things you have read or experienced during your Fly Fishing career. Remember each river has its own personality. Even different stretches of the same river offer different challenges...apply all your knowledge and good luck.
It is summertime and the living is easy!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.