With temperatures rising and sub zero readings possibly gone for the next 8 months, an adventurous fly fish angler can now venture out. The core of Steelhead runs are still weeks away, but day light is now the rule of thumb. The massive amounts of snow will delay the opening day high school baseball season, but with nature things don't work that way. The amount of sunlight triggers the trout. Your equipment, lines, reels, fly-boxes are ready, right? The sun has crossed the equator venturing into our northern hemisphere. It is spring.
The Steelhead trout are the first to travel to our Great Lakes tributaries. Big lakes like Charlevoix, Burt and Mullet seem to host later runs in spring. I believe it is their very thick ice cover from shore to shore that causes this. The logging trails to inland rivers like the Maple, Pigeon and Black rivers can still only be accessed by snowmobile. Those rivers will be over their banks until late May. Even if you can get down the flooded and muddy two tracks leading to them, the fishing will be difficult.
The black top roads have reappeared. Travel is safer now. You might want to get out of the ole cabin even if it's just for lunch at the B.R.I. to watch the dedicated fisherman land a beautiful Steelhead.
It's been a long winter, six months to be exact. Nature is on the move and let's move with her. If you are not the type to fish the giant Brown Trout late at night in June, this is your chance to get that picture of you holding a twenty pound Rainbow (Steelhead), caught mid day. An image you will show your friends to your dying day...I already have mine.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.