It's here..."The 4th Of July"...and the highways are jammed, yet the rivers are peaceful. The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black and Maple Rivers are as healthy as they have been in years. High levels and water temperatures of 58-64 degrees Farenhiet are oh so good for the trout.
The smaller trout are hitting, but the big guys are refusing the dry fly often. The reason? Subsurface feeding is still very good? The need to break cover and risk taking the dry fly is not necessary? I say likely both.
Warm weather is in the forecast this next week. Evaporation and less rain will drop stream levels. This just might force larger trout to hold in deep cool holes and surface feed. It is my feeling that this is the case. Warmer days in the 80s F with cool nights in the 50s F might be the recipe for good big trout action.
Mosquitos are still out in swarms, so use a lot of Northern Michigan's' favorite cologne..."Deep Woods Off".
The Hexagenia Limbata hatches are all over the north and Hexers are busy chasing those monster Brown Trout. "The Hatch", as it is called, brings many anglers to the lakes and rivers late in the evening.
Adams/para, Hendersons, stoneflies are working for me. The bright summer sun can be a problem, so stick to shady parts of the river. Pay attention to your cast. Make sure that leader is straight out and your fly lands softly. Enjoy the holiday...let freedom ring!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.