If you think this past week weather was bizarre, it's because you haven't been in Northern Michigan very long. This weeks cold temperatures are behind us now, summer has begun. I look forward to the next 6 weeks of summer before the temperatures begin to drop.
The heavy cold rains earlier in the week did muddy up some of our rivers. The pigeon is very muddy. The dam removal in the Pigeon River Forest Country is still a part of the problem. The Sturgeon and Black Rivers are slightly silted but should be fine by the weekend.
The Maple River is in fine condition. It is inside it's banks and clear. It will begin to drop in depth with the upcoming evaporation, so look for trout in deep holds.
The weather is going to remain a comfortable 78 F by day and 5 F by night. Water temperatures remain below 65 degrees Farenhiet. This weekend looks good in every way.
The big Hex is still present in the north, especially in Lake Michigan were water temperatures are much colder. Northern Emmet County along Lake Michigan can have hex hatches into August. If you are a fair weather fly fishing angler, the time is now.
The Trico spinner fall will begin soon and appear on the water in late morning. It is a tiny bugger that drives the small trout wild. The hook size is 18/22 and your leader should be 6/7 x. It has a black body with silver wings. The Trico will test your ability to gently cast the fly. Any over loading the rod and the fly snaps off. Many refer to this fly as " The dreaded Trico".
Keep your terrestrial flies close at hand. As the mayfly hatches fade the grass hopper, caddis, humpy, and ants will be good. My favorite is the
Northern Michigan Can be extremely busy this time of year, but one can still find a secluded stretch of river far from the pandering crowd.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.