The weather has been in an up and down scenario most of this spring and summer. From upper 80s F to 60s F for highs to 40s F to 60s F for lows. This fluctuation has not affected the water temperatures much. The river water seems to stay in the 60 F to 64 F range regardless of air temperatures. The concern now is the lack of rain. We got some but need more.
This week the river levels began to drop as winter run off and shallow ground water are depleted. Usually we see river levels drop in the third week of July. Friday nights rain was needed. More to come this Thursday and / or Friday. Northern Michigan has missed the prior two rain storms. Starting this 4th of July week with a healthy rain was truly a respite.
The fly fishing has remained good due to clear and cool rivers. Reel Waters clients are landing 10-15 inch Brook Trout every evening in good weather patterns. The Hexagenia Lambata is in full swing bringing large trout out in the evening, and late into the night, to feed on the Hex in mid-river. That reckless behavior by the trout gives you the chance at very large trout with a less complicated cast. Large calm holes find the trout feeding midstream from about 8-9 PM on into the early hours of the next day. This year has already produced bigger trout than we have seen in the last few years.
Warmer temperatures are in the forecast in the upcoming weeks and should warm the river water temperatures pushing successful fly fishing times into evenings or early mornings, as the Hex hatch comes to an end.
July 4th brings an influx of people to the North, so in the upcoming days the biggest challenge will be finding secluded places on the river far from the pandering crowds.
Barbecues, fire works, parades and a house full of family makes ones holiday itinerary full...however the river is always there for a quiet retreat.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.