Hot water...low rivers...If you like trout pray for rain. This heat brings the water temperatures up to that 70F + that makes the trout go dormant. However, later this week there is some relief in temperature, but it will take some time to bring the water temperatures back to the 66F to 68F degree comfort level for the trout. When it is in the upper 80's and lower 90's during the day and then doesn't cool off at night, the best chance you have is early morning; 6:00 AM. When temperatures stay in the 70's F range late into the evening, and with the big hatches over, the fishing is tough. What's a fly fishing enthusiast to do?
Get the canoe out, and fly fish the small remote lakes of Emmet county. Evenings for Blue Gill and Bass....5-9 pm. The action will impress you. Water striders and Poppers with your fly rod provide easy casting and a relaxing evening in the canoe. Watch the weather reports for those sneaky Thunder storms that can make the lake kick up and complicate the outing.
Small stream Michigan fly fishing people are arguably the most well honed casters in the sport...small lake fly fishing gives you a chance to enjoy the open water that the western fly fishing people experience on the Jefferson or Madison. So give a canoe trip on one of our inland lakes a try...it is fun !
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.