Fly fishing opportunities continue on our rivers. The temperatures this past week reached into the 70s Fahrenheit, bugs were hatching. Although not rare, the weather is unusual. Soon the rivers will reach their end of the year high. Once temperatures begin to average below freezing the river levels hold their depth until the spring run off.
I must admit I didn't fly fish this warm period. My attention has been directed to the Whitetail Deer as November 15 approaches, but those of you who are dedicated to the fly had a fun week.
The Maple, Pigeon, Black and Sturgeon Rivers were perfect in depth, dark color, and clear. The leaves are mostly gone, the ferns & grasses are matted down. The forest now gives you a open view of all those places you fished this past season. The crinkling leaves under foot, the damp smell of decaying matter is so different from summer. Soon the cold winter will come and those old logging trails to the river will be buried in snow and impassable.
Six months to April 30, 2016. Remember the date designates the trout take or possession season. There are open parts of most trout streams in the year 'round format, but a quick release of the trout is required. The country side is so peaceful this time of year. A walk along the river is a very "soothing to the mind" experience. Oh so different from the hustle and bustle of summer.
It is something you might want to try!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.