Lots of rain, cool temperatures, Sturgeon, Black and Maple are high, tannin colored but very fishable. The Pigeon river is the problem based on the dam removal.
Fly selection is the may fly hatch of the day. So how about the most beautiful trout in our streams?
The indigenous Brook trout becomes prolific in numbers when left to his own stream. Smaller, upper reaches of the Maple and Black rivers are his domain. Beaver dams are his play ground. Brook Trout flies are seen all year with hatches of basic patterns like Blue Wing Olives driving them nuts! Mayfly, stonefly, hoppers, and their fly variation gets them every time. Water temperatures of up to 66 F seem to be the favorite. The Brookie will not lock in on a particular hatch, but will feed on a wide range of bugs that are found on the river. A very successful fly are the trude patterns. I use them for the Brookies 65% of the time, with mayfly patterns and hoppers as the river dictates them. So what flies fill my boxes? Most Brook Trout fly boxes people carry are filled with smaller flies in the #12 to #18 size patterns, yet the Brookie will take a giant hex-para size #8 in September. The point here is Brookies will take just about any size fly when no hatch is available to him.
The Caddis is the most abundant fly on the river, yet I will only use them in a white or black pattern in late summer when they inundate the river at dusk. I do stock some wet flies when the trout are not surface feeding. Hares Ear, Prince, Au Sable No Skunk, and Copper Johns will cover the wet menu. Oh and a few streamers like the Mickey Finn, Clouser minnow, Matuka, and Muddler minnow just in case.
You can carry enough different patterns to fill an old steamer trunk, but I feel traveling "Light is Right".
Dry fly fishing in our streams from June first through September is a wonderful way to enjoy the North.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.