The Hexagenia Limbata (Hex Hatch) is in full swing and for those of you who are just learning to fly fish, it is the best fly fishing angler against the most elusive and large Brown Trout brought to the surface to feed on this huge Mayflies. This phenomenon of the "Hex" and the fact that it take place in the dark of night, takes the dedication of an Olympic champion angler. The right night, the right spot, the right cast, in the dark! Good luck to those of you who take the challenge.
All rivers are in prime shape. The Sturgeon, Pigeon, Black and Maple Rivers are at good levels. Tannin is still giving the streams a tea colored look but that is a good thing for trout.
Most of the pollen is gone, only the grasses are left until after the hay season cutting, the first week of July. Our northern Michigan summer is finally here. Cool & damp as usual.
Father's Day weekend marked the first big dry fly action of this young season. My two sons and I had a great day landing Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout. Many in the 12 to 14 inch size. However some of the large trout were still refusing the fly. I must admit that was a great weekend as the trout were just beginning to look up and take a dry fly. This early in the season the trout are still uneducated to the scrapping sound of waders on the river bottom. They will learn fast as northern Michigan anglers begin to inadate the water ways.
The weather forecast looks good. Cold mornings of 40 to 50 Fahrenheit rising to 75 Fahrenheit in the late afternoon. Perfect for bug hatches and all day feeding by the trout. The water temperatures are approximately 56 Fahrenheit in the morning to 64 Fahrenheit by 5 PM. All day fishing can be good until the heat of mid July takes the mid day water temperatures over the cut off of 68 Fahrenheit. The problem now is finding those trout holds that produce success...we're a long way from those minus 35 degrees below zero we experienced last winter. Time to fish & forget!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.