The heat is here and getting hotter. This does stress the trout and they will be looking for the coolest stops in the rivers they can find. This means that fishing early and fishing late are the way to go. This also means going to our great inland lakes for bass and bluegill is a wonderful alternative and really great fun. Can do this most anytime but stay out of the hot afternoon sun.
The Maple River has been the river of choice this last weekend. Water temps in the early morning and evening have been around 64F to 66F. You must check the water temp. If it is over 68F go home. You might still have some luck but you could cause damage to the trout you release. We have been catching Brookies in the 12 inch plus range in the evenings. Like our Outdoor Lore article, when the Whippoorwill sings it is time to go home. We are finding Adams, Cahills, Wulffs, Trudes, Caddis, and streamers (including nymphs) are all working. I have been using a Grey Fox, size 12. Really haven't used this fly much before, and finding it working great.
The Black, Pigeon, and Sturgeon are all in good shape so follow the summer hour rules and if out late have your plan together to get home safe.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.