It is always a special time of the year when the trout begin to look up and take dry flies. In the lower Pennisula of Michigan that time has always been mid May. These last few days I have fought some very big Brookies and Browns. It seems they fight so hard in the early season that it is hard to land them.
Over the last 7 months the trout have had the rivers pretty much to themselves. Timid? Very healthy? Who knows? But it is good to see them again.
This past winter was colder than I have ever seen. Several weather patterns reached temperatures of -30 Fahrenheit and colder. Many introduced conifers suffered winter kill as one can see their dead pine needles along the edge of the roads. The good news is our state tree the Majestic White Pine never blinked a needle. This holds true for the State Trout...the Bookie (Brook Trout) survived in good condition.
Para Adams, Light Cahills, Henderson's #14-#18 where bringing the trout up. The mayfly hatches were massive. It is early for these, so those soft and warm afternoons of 68F air and 57F water temperatures produced good hatches which turn into good strikes. 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM seams to be the best time right now. I found most of the trout activity was in deep pools with a gentle flow to it. I can only guess that the good visibility in the slow, smooth, motion of the fly gave the trout the confidence to break the surface.
Now is the brightest time of the year on the streams until the tree and brush foliage bring shade to the the rivers. Deep holds, slow water and shade, when possible, was working.
This weekend brings a mixed bag of weather; rain, sunny, then thunder storms. The rivers are all inside their banks, but heavy rain can change that fast. Regardless of your fishing success, the Trilliums, Marsh Marigolds, and May flowers make the trip to your river a welcome relief.
Paste up that fly, it's Trout Season 2015!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.