What a nice weekend...weather wise. The trout must have been into the weather also because they weren't into my fly patterns. I fish the upper parts of the Sturgeon and Pigeon. On my journeys I did see successful fishermen landing a few Steelhead at the mouth of the Rivers, Boyne, Bear, and small Great Lake tributaries. My favorite Brook Trout rivers, the Black and the Maple, were blown out. Those rivers and their trout will not be active until the rivers settle down; at least a couple of weeks. All in all it was exiting to be back on a river with fly rod in hand.
The forecast for next weekend, May 4 & 5, is well above freezing. Rain and thunderstorms will be on and off. There are still were a few patches of snow in the shady low areas to remind me of the long winter. The warmer nights will melt those quickly and the run off can begin to settle down. Hatches were a few stone flies and mayflies size #18, #20 hook, oh and one mosquito. Not Enough to get the trout looking up. Nymphs and streamers (weighted) will be the choice through the high water and Steelhead runs well into May.
My eyes still scan the water ahead as I fish, waiting for that first surfaces feed of the year. So if you attend any kind of Sunday Service, could you ask the Big Guy up stairs to hold off on any snow until November!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.