It is that time of the year we fly fisher anglers have been waiting for all rivers are in full swing with trout surface feeding.
Last weeks torrential rains are behind us now. The water temperatures are a perfect 55-65F. The major insects are starting their metamorphosis. River levels are slightly high, tannin colored, but clear. the trout are looking up.
We face some rain these next few days but not enough to stop trout from feeding. Pay attention to the river. Light Cahills, Adams Para, all Royal patterns, nymphs and streamers are showing a presence on the rivers. Hendersons, Drakes, Caddis...look for them all.
The Pigeon, Sturgeon, and Black Rivers are dropping inside their banks for this weekend. The Maple River recovered this past Thursday. Any morning mist and fog should burn off by noon. Some cloud cover is in the forecast and that is good for fishing. It will make mid-day fishing better. All the elements are in place.
Lake Michigan tributaries are full of food giving nice opportunities for success. Lake Michigan is as high and clear as I have seen it in 30 years. The tribes tell me that big fish have not moved into the large bays of northwest Emmet county, just yet. The Waugoshance Archipelago has yet to see small mouth moving to the shallows. The late cold snap of last week is to blame.
The bug report is; Mosquitoes are numerous, with Black-flies a distant second, so have your favorite bug dope and use it. Check your tippet and knots...and be ready to test your bug nature skills!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.