Summer is here and the rivers are at their mid summer levels. What type of trout are you after, Brook or Brown trout?
Times and temperatures will dictate success. Brook trout can be caught mid day in numbers however water temperature is the key to success. Brook trout will stop feeding when the water reaches 70 F, you can still catch small Brookies most of the time but activity will drop with warmer water.
As it gets hotter, the mornings 8 AM -1 PM or evenings 4 PM to 9 PM will be best. Remember mid day is 2 PM the most difficult time to fish for trout.
Brown trout are much more selective and tend to only feed on what is hatching. You must match the hatch with your fly. The Browns can be up to 20 inches or larger and they will travel out into the calm open water to feed at 10 PM. The Hex hatches will run in a bell curve fashion starting now and fading out in approximately 2-3 weeks. A landing net is a must.
Upper stretches of Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black and Maple rivers harbor Brook trout while the deeper stretches of these rivers are ruled by the Brown Trout. Rainbows always are there to catch day or night.
Flies are hatches, hoppers, stimulators for Brook Trout; Para Adams early, then Hex Para and Spinners at dark for Brown Trout. Match the hatch; light / dark, big / small!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.