The NW wind has pushed the Jet Stream down into our area, Michigan lower peninsula. The cooler air and thunder storms drove the hot air bubble south. 70F (may be low 80'sF) days and 50F nights are here for this week. It might be a little nippy for boaters out on the lakes in the mornings and evenings, and the heavy cold dew makes it tough on those golfers in shorts, but this is a week of great temperatures for trout fishing. The mean temperature lowers the rivers to a temperature of 65F and afternoon hatches will happen.
It is that time of year when all your flies will work if there is no specific hatch. Of course we all know that bright sun is to be avoided but even in sunny mid-day shady areas of the river will be cool enough for trout to feed. Late afternoons are my favorite with this type of front. The brook trout seem to feed aggressively all afternoon (3-9 PM).
If you have been putting that fly fishing excursion off, this is your chance to enjoy the rivers while they are at their best. The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black and Maple rivers have great water levels and temperatures. The threat of serious droughts this time of year may not happen if we get just a few rainy days from now to mid August. Lots to do, It is
"Summertime In Northern Michigan".
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.