Hot weather in the 90sF has come to the inland areas of Northern Michigan, ten degrees cooler near the Lake Michigan shore line of Petoskey to Cross Village. Heavy thunder storms have been dropping huge amounts of rain in the mid state areas, but not as severe near the coast of Emmet county.
The Sturgeon, Black and Pigeon Rivers are high and silted up. The Maple is very fishable, but with water temperatures hitting 70 F plus range, please leave the fish alone. Check with guides or DNR on water temps and if near 70 F in the streams, try fishing in one of the inland lakes or the big lakes.
This is our hottest time of the year. The weather can remain hot until late August and requires water monitoring until cooler temperature arrive. Many large hatches such as the Hexagenia Lambata slow down or are over, requiring you to go to those terrestrial flies like Dave's Hoppers, Hornbergs, Humpys and Ants. This time of year an imaginary line of demarcation in trout behavior is in the equation as hot weather affects fly fishing. We humans refer to it as the Dog Days of summer. Early morning fishing at 6:00 AM or late nights at 10 PM works during these hot spells, but it is a challenge. Fishing in the dark takes the best fly fishing angler, however big trout are the result. Mousing large quiet holes in the middle of the night can get you to question your sanity. The change to small lake fly fishing with an Ausable No Skunk or popper fly for Bass and Blue Gill is a great alternative until the North returns to cooler weather in the upcoming week.
Summer is in full swing as you can tell by the traffic or the wait in most restaurants, but our trout rivers still remain quiet and serene.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.