Lots of rain and cooler temperatures this week, and just over 2 weeks until the fall fly fishing season. The upcoming mid-week days are usually left to the natives.
The heavy rain this week has cleaned the rivers of all foot prints and the camp grounds of all human activity. The rivers are on the rise, the temperatures are on the decline. Water temperatures of 55-65 Farenhiet are what the spawning Brook, Brown and King Salmon need. A calm warm balmy day is all we fly fishing anglers need for a calm post resort season reprieve.
The rivers will need a day or two to settle down and clear up. The Sturgeon, Pigeon, and especially the Black Rivers are deep and muddied up. The Maple River is also high and silted in its upper reaches.
Fish behavior changes under these conditions. Trout move out to feed in a porpoise, or smudge, like feeding. It is so inconspicuous it is hard to judge the trout's size to gauge your set of the hook. Last year, my best this time of year, was a 15" Brook Trout and a 2 foot Brown in very skinny water. During the day time!
The MiDNR has year 'round areas to fish, but all streams are open until October first with no gear restrictions.
My favorite fall fishing technique...sit on the stream bank near a deep hole watching large trout smudge and picking them off one by one. Times running out, snow is possible in only 6 weeks. That is hard to phathom. Where did summer 2015 go?
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.