The rains were welcome. The cold expected. All northern Michigan rivers are rising for the fall spawning Brown, Brook, and King Salmon. These species will have a change of behavior in the coming weeks. Brook Trout will turn a bright orange. Their lower jaw will become extended and hooked. King Salmon and Brown Trout also show these signs of the fall spawning season. It is a time of unpredictability in the rivers and small streams.
Where are those spawning gravel beds and deep holes? What is the trouts choice of food? Figure these things out and a fly fishing angler can land big trout. It is not as difficult as one would think if you do just that; think.
I have marked many spawning locations that I can watch the trout spawn. Fishing deep holds near these areas will produce big trout. The Kings (Chinook) are the most obvious as they move into rivers, even into the smallest of streams. 20 pound monsters move from their deep Lake Michigan habitat to water smaller in width than your drive way. So fun to watch.
The weather is going to be warm next week but of no consequence to water temperatures. Shorter days with the sun lower on the horizon can make all day fishing good. The fall colors add a beautiful back drop to the rivers. Most streams are quiet mid week this time of year.
The evening hatches of white caddis are coming. The fluttering of them just inches off the surface of the small rivers just adds to the craziness of fall. Oh, the serenity of a clear cool northern stream. Get ready...trout behavior during the fall spawn makes them seek out each other in special areas of the river, they become reckless. I always land 14 inch Brook Trout, 2 foot Browns and Kings as big as your leg this time of year. Did I mention it..."Fall" my favorite time of the year.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.