Last weeks blazing 90 F + degrees weather is gone now, but it's legacy is a reminder of what life will probably be for me in the next world...or so I'm told.
The force of the northern jet stream slammed into the hot southern weather leaving a path of destruction all the way into Ohio and Indiana. The result for northern Michigan was a returned to 75 F degree days and 50 F degree nights. Perfect for the flora and fauna. Dying ferns and grass is not a pretty site or smell for that matter.
The trout...they are ready. The rivers recovered from summer time low water levels and warm water temperatures to a healthy 62 F to 64 F degrees. Just about perfect for trout activity. The challenge now is to find those big trout feeding. Early morning? Late evening? During big hatches? These are the questions.
Those in the know apply years of experience chasing trout...along with the right fly and perfect float. For those who are just starting in the sport of fly fishing, it is a process, keep getting out there and doing it.
If the weather holds, in this standard northern Michigan scenario of 75 F by day and 55 F by night, you can hook the trout. Landing it is another question.
The time is fast approaching for the late summer spawning of the Brook & Brown Trout. Fishing does get more predictable and the trout colors are fantastic.
It will begin to cool down by mid-August, provided global warming misses northern Michigan like it has these last two years.
So head to the river for that late summer thrill!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.