Summer is here and the living is easy. Trout are active. The Hexagenia Lambata is starting to hatch in our area. The trout are taking the drys. The rivers are in good fishing shape, high and clear. The water temps are in that great 58-62 degree temperature range. Northern Michigan is green and healthy.
Fly fishing success is very good. The short periods of warmer temperatures in the 80s F and lows in the 50sF are not affecting the fishing. Bottom line; perfect conditions are here.This week saw 12 inch Brown Trout rising mid-day. Brook & Rainbows were active all day as well.
The resort season is beginning but the rivers are still quiet, people wise. I have enjoyed the mixture of sunshine and sporadic thunder storms. The Adams para size 12 is still the fly of choice. I have yet to use personal designed flies that often times will work when no hatch is present. Caddis, Stoneflies are low in numbers...the Adams is religiously working.
The Mosquitos are not as bad as the last few years but they are out, so bug spray is a must. The Pigeon River Forest is still under tick attack, so when fishing that area avoid walking along the bank. Stay in the river and check yourself upon returning to your car. Shower and throw those clothes in the hot drier (dry) for about 15 minutes when you arrive at home.
This next week the temperatures will bounce around between 75 F and 85F but should not over heat the streams due to nightly lows in the 55F to 65 F range. With the tourist season, the 4th of July not far off, a trip to your favorite river might be a wise choice before the summer crowds arrive.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.