What's nice about April Steelhead fishing? No one is around. Travel is easy. The very busy resort season is months away. This time of year the North belongs to Sportsmen. The weather was perfect this week and the trout were hitting. Big spawning Steelhead trailed by Brown and Brook trout have brought the
Pere Marquette River to life. So if you are like me, shrug off that trip to Florida in your patch work shorts and pastel colored Polo Shirt...this is what we do here in the "North Country".
The equipment varies from regular fly fishing rigs. A larger rod, running line, swivels, split shot and strong knotted leaders. Finally a fluorescent egg pattern. The cast is different and difficult at first, until you settle into the routine. Your success rate is landing about one trout out of ten, one out of 5 fish if you are experienced. I find it awesome fishing for such monsters after a season, this past summer, of Brook trout on the Black river in the Pigeon River Country. This time of year the north is quiet and the travel time is tolerable. Spawning Steelhead trout are the ticket.
Lake Michigan's big tributaries are deep and dangerous during the spring of the year. Melt waters create fast currents that need an experience guide to maneuver. The big runs will last into May, longer as you travel north. I enjoy the Steelhead spawning season due to its spring timing. What a welcome relief after a long hard winter and before the very busy summer resort season pushes me into the remote inland rivers of northern Michigan.
So what's the word...big, bigger, and biggest Rainbow Trout!
E. Larry R. international fly fishing enthusiast sends Reel Waters one of his pictures from his many outdoor excursions. The image was this weeks Pere Marquette Trip. Congratulation Larry you are this weeks winner of a 60 inch flat screen TV or not.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.