Whew, even I will admit this past Tuesdays high of
52 F and heavy mist was invigorating. Fellow guide Hunter and I still enjoyed the Black River . The fishing was a challenge, but we fought some pretty big trout. Late afternoon the bug hatch was a size 22. Over cast skies made the fly hard to see. Cold hands, feet and my runny nose seemed out of place for mid August. Michigan has a saying, if you don't like the weather wait a hour! How true.
This up coming weekend our weather will be wonderful temperatures of low 50s F nights and highs of 80 F days. Lots of sun and little rain. It will take a few days to lift the water temperatures up to the low 60s F. All things considered that is still an acceptable level for active trout.
If you have been following us here at Reel Waters, there is a lot of action on the river. Spawning is coming and the trout are getting fat, won't you please take a look at the old mans hat (article - mousing). Mousing, coupled with all your different flies (terrestrials, Adams, everything including comfortable weather is now) is like musical chairs and there are fewer days left to sit on. As the warmer weather pattern raises the river temperature the trout might revert to late afternoon activity. However no heat wave is expected...yet. It is going to be a comfortably warm northern Michigan week.
The Pigeon, Sturgeon, and Maple rivers are in great shape with levels and temperatures perfect.
Tic-Tock, time has come today.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.