As the warm spring weather creeps up the state of Michigan fly fishing begins the 2015 season.
This winter although very cold, the spring melt has done minimal damage to the rivers. All are just below or right at their banks. Trout fishing is good down on the Pere Marquette and southern Michigan and soon will improve greatly in our area.
The trout possession season opens April 25 but Michigan's year 'round waters and catch and release G.R. ( gear restricted ) rivers offer good opportunities to put this cold winter behind us. The Steelhead males are in the rivers and the females will move to their Redds over the next week as the temperatures rise into the 50's and 60's degree range.
The Brown Trout do not spawn this time of year, but move up the rivers for feeding opportunities. The "Chuck & Duck" technique can be seen this time of year, but we prefer the challenge of nymphs and streamers. Streamers close to the bottom will do the job. Then as soon as the hatches hold and the trout begin to look up, it's all dry flies.
This picture of All State Outdoorsman and Skier, Mitch, proves it's time to get out of the ole cabin and enjoy Michigan's lakes and streams.
Reel Waters will be covering the action and we hope you visit us in person or at least on our Facebook page or here on our web site for great fly fishing adventures, stories, techniques, and river conditions.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.