A peace is beginning to settle into the rivers. Your knowledge & experience is your guide to successful trout fishing. The water temperatures are right. Today water temperature on the Pigeon River started at 58 F and by late afternoon it was 64 F with a late afternoon hatch.
Yesterday on the Maple River it was also 58 F mid-day but the river is still dark tannin like root beer. This evening there was a nice hatch on the Maple so as the water clears the fly fishing will be great.
"Get'er done", five months of hatches ahead. Stick with the smaller Adams and Royals. The big Hexagenia Lambada hatches are a distant 5 weeks away. Brookies, Rainbows, and small Browns are active. The big browns as usual are deep into the evening. Steelhead fishing will be winding down and we true fly fishing anglers will have the run of the river.
The Pigeon is looking the best this early in the season, the Sturgeon down stream from Wolverine is year round water and is always ready. Surprise thunderstorms coming off of Lake Michigan can be a problem and hard to predict. The upper stretches of the Pigeon & Sturgeon in the Pigeon River Forest Country are rain sensitive but the forecast is iffy for large wet fronts.
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Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.