We are on the cusp of change.
Although the northern Michigan drought has ended, river temperatures remain warm at 64 degrees Farenhiet . Experts insist that the position of the sun drives natures behavior, but I believe temperature does play a role.
The trout are still on a warm summer schedule. Brook and Brown Trout are still feeding at dawn (7AM) and evening (8PM), with a lot of refusals in between. I believe that until water temperatures drop to the 50's F, all day feeding will be slow or nonexistent. The sun is dropping lower in the southern sky, so bright sun is not a factor. However, cooler river temperatures will begin to activate the spawning Brown and Brook Trout.
All our blue ribbon streams, Pigeon, Black, Sturgeon, Jordan and Maple Rivers, are in great condition with water levels conducive to said spawning.
Fall fishing is a favorite of most die hard fly fishing experts. Spawning trout break there normal behaviors and cover. Trout begin to move recklessly to feed and onto spawning areas. It is a great opportunity to catch those larger trout. Look for the Brook Trout to turn to their darker orange color, with the males developing a lower hook jaw.
Soon the tourist will be heading south and the kids will be returning to school. Time has almost come for my fly fishing favorite; fall. The rivers are quiet and ready.
Fly selection is terrestrials, humpys, grass hoppers, Hornbergs and white caddis this time of the year.
Brutus Road bridge is closed, but hopefully it will reopen by the time Maple River is closed for the end of the season.
The summer resort season is winding down, while fly fishing is picking up. The north has been oh so busy this year. Hopefully we can eek out a peaceful September on a northern Michigan stream.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.