Ah-a-a , the Northern Jet Stream is upon us. It's cooler temperatures are why most of us are here. Whether it was you parents, grand parents, or great grand parents who first came to Northern Michigan, it is a summer retreat to beat the heat.
The Brook Trout our only indigenous river trout is here for the same reason. Brookies need cooler temperatures. They become very active when the water temperatures stay in the 45 F to 65 F range. The Brown Trout and Rainbows feeding patterns are not much different in the rivers with the lower water temperatures, but the Brook Trout behavior is insane. I can honestly say (with witnesses) it has been the week of the Brook Trout. Fly fishing in the late afternoon you will catch the occasional three species of trout but come sun down, 6-9 PM, the Brook Trout will put on a show.
The Jet Stream is with us into August with some days not rising above 65 F degrees. So no matter what your favorite trout, Rainbow, Brown or Brook, the fact is, Brook Trout offer the best success on these cooler summer evenings and days. So if your looking for good clean adventure, eat an early dinner and spend the evening face to face with the northern Brook Trout.
Riding home with my fishing buddy Jim after a unbelievable evening catching over 30 Brook trout, in the range from 7 to 14 inches, I said to him, "How do you tell people about a night like this".
Most any dry fly in your fly box will work, Adams, Cahills, Wulffs, Caddis, Trudes, mix it up and find the one that makes the Brookies go crazy the evening you go out to dance with them.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.