Break out those Hoppers & Hornbergs!
Summer's heat continues, but cool nights keep the river temps in the low 60's Farenhiet. Mid-day Flyfishing remains difficult at best. Try to catch the dawn or dusk periods of 6:30 AM or 8:30 PM for best success. Evaporation this time of year and warmer rivers drive the trout into those deep holes. Many of these holds are fed with underwater springs that keep the trout cool. This phenominum creates a great opportunity to catch several large trout in a hole; about the size of the inside of your garage.
Northern Michigan will be staying hot throughout next week. Hopefully the rain that is forecast will mix in with the heat and bring water levels in our streams back to safe levels. Fishing now is hole to hole with ankle deep water between. Mid-summer dry spell is here as lawns begin to burn out. Evaporation can be hard on the trout if it lingers too long. The trout are safe because of the ground water and springs cool temps. If the water temp gets above 70 F trout stop feeding, with the possible exception of Rainbows. Use this period of heat to fish the small inland lakes for Blue Gill and Bass on a fly rod in the early evening. It can be so much fun.
Even as northern Michigan is jammed with tourists, I still can find a remote part of any river, void of any people, to spend the day. The Sturgeon, Pigeon, Black and Maple Rivers are clear and very fishable. As the water drops, tannin begins to subside. We are about as far away from those winter days of 35 degrees below zero as one can be...better enjoy the beautiful summer weather with an outdoor adventure.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.