The weather, cold-hot-cold... has been bouncing the best time to fish all around. Thunderstorms have brought much needed rain to the river, lifting the streams to a good level. The Maple is clear and inside it's banks. The Black, Sturgeon and Pigeon will be at good clarity and depths by the week end. Air temperatures ranging from lows of 40 F to highs of 65 F put good Fishing at 3 PM to 9 PM. Hatches of the Hexagenia Lambata were reported in some areas during warm temperatures but have stopped as water temperatures dropped back to 50-65 F.
Size 12-14-16 mayflies and Stone flies ...streamers, nymphs and mergers are the flies for right now, even in Brown Trout waters. Try a dropper set up if the fish do not seem active...of course watch the river bug activity for direction on which flies to be using.
In the past, June starts the season. Hatches become more consistent and predictable as the temperatures rise to summer highs the 3rd week of July. Tip ...terrestrials are 8 weeks away but if you don't tie your own flies and are regulated to " over the counter ", buy them now. They are always sold out when you need them. If you like to fly fish....now's the time !
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.