There is a real message in the air this time of year. Early Emmet County pioneers began the pre-frost harvest. Mom's garden was picked clean and canned for the up coming cold months.The time is fast approaching when the forests turn many shades of color and following all too soon back roads will only be available to snow shoes and cross country skis. However, for now, some warm weather is in the forecast with a little more rain in a couple of days.
If I had to pick my time on the river, these next few days would be it. The sun is back. The foliage is turning colors. The next 4 or 5 weeks are a northern Michigan delight.
The rains have left the Pigeon and Sturgeon rivers high and silty. They should settle out by Tuesday or Wednesday but water levels will remain high for the rest of fall season. The Black river will take and extra day to clear. The Maple river is clear and water levels are very good. Afternoon fishing looks good as all species are active. The King salmon have started their spawning up all of Emmet county's Great Lake tributaries. The Bald Eagles are circling them for feeding opportunities. Lots of activity in nature this week.
Northern Michigan can get some...snow flurries in October? So the time is right to get out and enjoy the rivers fly fishing and the forest tranquility. Trudes, mayfly (14-16), and terrestrials will work in the warming parts of the day. Nymphs and streamers as the water cools and hatches cease. It won't be long before a scarf, and that search for the match to your other glove, will begin.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.