Rain has inundated the rivers here in the north. Cooler temperatures were with us this entire year checking river evaporation this summer. The Sturgeon is a raging river, the Pigeon is muddied yet again, the Black is just that...black, and the Maple River is super high and tannin colored.
Most parts of these streams closed October 1st but the MiDNR has created some parts of each river with Gear Restricted (GR) opportunities listed in the "Michigan Fishing Guide".
The rain has been with us every day this past week, however some partly cloudy days will be the rule this week. We need some temperatures in the high 50 F to low 60 F and calm winds to enjoy these last 2014 northern Michigan colorful days. Lake Michigan is as high as its been in years and that coming November nor-westerner storm will cause some damage to our Great Lakes shore line.
It has been the year of the big trout for me on the Maple River. 12 inch to 15 inch Brook Trout and a two foot Brown September 28 to end the open season. All these great trout on my RCT custom dry fly!
It is northern Michigan's most serene and beautiful time of the year and a nice Indian summer week would give this year an asterisk for one of the best fly fishing seasons for enthusiasts like me.
Image..the last trout of the year in seasonal Maple River waters.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.