This upcoming week's weather patterns are up and down, some days
60's F, then periods of 80's F, with thunder storms in between.
The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black, and Maple Rivers are all high, dark, and silted. The advantage goes to the trout.
What to look for? Everything and anything goes, you have to be creative in your approach. That is the challenge. What hatches? Which terrestrials? Nymphs, streamers, both? What will be the right combination?
The pollen is decreasing with only the Quaking Aspen and Oaks yet to kick their pollen. The Trilliums are fading, but the river Iris is starting to bloom. The Fawns were born this past week and most bird nest are filled with eggs. The river is alive.
The bug situation (not the hatches) is brutal. Clouds of Mosquitos,
Black-flies and ticks are busy so invest in your favorite repellant. The midges or Lake-flies along the shores are a real nuisance, but harmless.
I am still using 5X tippet in flat water. 3X in riffles. Adams Para, Light Cahills, Caddis and Royal Trudes fished dry. All flies in the 14-16 hook size.
The Hexagenia Limbata hatches are still weeks away and smaller
Mayflies, such as Blue Wing Olives, are inidating the rivers. The countryside is as green as can be with the past heavy and timely rains. The 4th Of July is 5 weeks away. Thus the rivers are peaceful, productive and filled with healthy trout. You will not get another serene, peaceful period like late May on our rivers until next September...so Enjoy!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.