The AAA travel reports will be out soon for the 4th of July. I think this holiday was the biggest ever in Northern Michigan. Of the 7 billion people on the planet I think half of them were here. You have been walking past that favorite fishing hat hanging on the back porch all week. It's time to give it a little attention. So what's the weather report...a big storm front is here through this afternoon. It is still upper 70's F, lower 80's F but the cool nights give the rivers a survivable mean temperature. Water temps are 64 F to 70 F. Getting to the high end but still fishable in the cool mornings and evenings.
The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Maple and Black rivers are at great water levels. There were some Hex hatches in Wolverine and Indian River but if you are still chasing them good luck. During these warm periods streamers like bead headed Wooly Buggers, Muddy Buddies, Marabou Muddlers, and Zonkers are your best choice. I don't know who comes up with these fly names but darn they work when hatches aren't hatching...go streamers.
Delivering a bead headed Wooly Bugger is a much different cast. More of a ying-yang pitch, not like the poetic overhead dry fly delivery. It takes a few casts to get used to. Cast them down into holes, quartering or down stream and jig them back. Adams, Royals, Caddis and their larvae Pheasant Tails, Princes, and Hares Ears are slowing down in the heat but will be back when it cools down. Remember hot water (70F) and bright sunlight put the fish down. You must get your streamer down in the holes to the trout. Raining today and in the forecast but small fronts are the rule. Thunderstorms can appear out of no where. They are usually small and quick hitting. Lightning is always dangerous, so react accordingly...Let's do it!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.