Bugs are out. The rivers are alive with feeding activity and dry flies are working. The problem is getting the water temperature and hatches right. The thermometer is bouncing up and down like a pogo stick. 88F one day, snow and 29F the next.
Things are getting to normal and the forecast is a more May like average for the next week. Highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s. Rain is expected late in the Holiday weekend but with a little luck you can fish around it. River temperatures are a nice 54F-58F degrees. Late afternoons are the best time to catch the trout out feeding. Light Cahill, Adams Para and Stoneflies are working for me.
There are still lots of refusals but nice Brook Trout in the 10"-12" class are taking the drys. An Occasional feeding large Brown, tight to the bank, sure gets ones adrenaline going.
My success times are late in the afternoon 3-6 PM. A good tip is to move into the good holes under cloud cover. The bright sun this time of year could cost you a big trout. The rivers are still pre-resort season and very quiet. I have only seen one other person fly fishing in 4 days on the river. It is the time of the year that we locals can enjoy a serene day fly fishing our favorite holes.
BUG report; the Mosquitos are brutal and the Black flies are holding their own. Haven't seem ticks on the the Maple River, yet, however the Pigeon, Sturgeon, and Black Rivers are a nightmare. Avoid heavy brush and tall grass. Wear light clothes or waders (so you can see them on you) and use bug spray. The ticks are always climbing up, so watch your waders as that is where they will first appear. You your best maneuver is to stay in the river and away from the bank. Get a fast shower after a trip to the river in tick areas and wash and dry your clothes on a hot setting. Just some tricks I've learned over the years.
The trout seam to be quiet healthy and large. The winters cold temperatures did not have an adverse affect them. So nows the time to get to the rivers. Treat yourself to a quiet, serene, outdoor adventure... catching and release your trout, please.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.