This week ended with a Nor'Western blow bringing sleet to some areas and hail to others. The wind blew trees down en masse. Temperatures dropped 18 degrees to 40 Fahrenheit in just seconds. It was a short two hour storm but dangerous none the less.
Saturday mornings temperatures dropped to 28 F bringing snow to much of the area. The hatches are all but over. Nymphs & streamers are the choice with spawn for the King salmon. Most trout anglers now convert to winter regalia, Neoprene wadders, knit hats and warm fishing gloves. It's not as tough as sitting on an empty drywall bucket starring down at a hole in the ice but it is a challenge.
The King salmon numbers are way down this year adding to the lack of success during their spawning run which is currently in motion.
The fly tying season is upon us. Time to refine your time tested patterns. This summer my time spent with an international fly fisherman, born in Panama, living in Geneva, working in Washington D.C., and vacationing in Harbor Springs, was an epiphany. He had fished every where. We shared the same favorite Brook Trout fly. He had refined it to fit his rivers, mine was developed for northern Michigan inland streams. As we traded information about the high points of the design of each pattern, aerodynamics was the underlining problem. His solution versus mine.
He spent the day landing 24 trout and losing an additional dozen. (He fished barbless.) He finished the trip with my fly design on, which made me realize it's valuable qualities.
This is what we do after a season of many casts to the trout. Evaluate, design, prepare for the next dry fly season when those lovable rising trout begin to look up again. I miss them already.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.