The rains came hard this past week, but things look great for Fathers Day. The sun will be out this weekend. The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black and Maple Rivers are just inside their banks and although very tannin colored, the silt is not a problem. Experience says that although we have had an immense amount of water this spring, the streams are flushed clean.
This season, the rivers are braced for a late July drought and should survive easily. The afternoon thermometer will hit the mid 70s F. Perfect late afternoon hatch weather.
This week I had a very successful day. The trout all came from the heavy cover along the river banks. Casts had to be accurate. A dozen trout and a large Brown trout on the Para Adams was the reward. The time was between 4 to 8 PM. I have yet to use my personal RCT fly as many
Mayfly hatches were present on the water.
In our area the giant Hexagenia Lambata is appearing on the smaller lakes. I have seen them on Douglas and Crooked Lakes. The Ausable and Jordan Rivers are in full swing. The hex crowd is chasing those Giant Browns until late at night.
It is time, no excuses, get out of that chair and enjoy an old fashion northern Michigan cool and clear outdoor adventure.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.