Heavy rains blanket the rivers in a heavy fog this morning. The Pigeon and the Sturgeon rivers will be colored and high for a day or so. The Black river will be hard to predict until later today when its cedar swamps release their rain fall, but odds are it is muddied out. The Maple was little effected by the rain and fishing great. Water temperatures are holding steady at a cool 60F to 65F. Air temperatures are going to remain quite comfortable for land dwellers, 55F lows and 75F highs this up coming week. Thunderstorms will be forming over the Great Lakes in their usual unpredictable fashion. The Browns are getting fussy, but the Brook and Rainbow trout are out and about. This weekend the rivers should settle out for some great fly fishing opportunities. This time of year with the big hatches gone, trout can be very tough to predict. Use that past experience with terrestrials (August is the month for terrestrials) and mix it up for success.
Some nights you can't get the hook out of the trouts mouth while others you get frustrated with all the refusals. Look for those big fish nights when the trout are all large. That is a one in ten night but this is the time for it between 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. The 6-9 inchers are usually the rule, but beware of the big fish night. You will love it.
Hunter, Reel Waters guide and roving reporter, landed good Brook trout last night on the Maple River in the calm before the storm. The trout are waiting for you, what are you waiting for?
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.