This northern Michigan cool weather is hard on the melon and tomato crop. Local farmers say they are going to be a little late this year. I am sorry to hear that. However the trout are a little early this year. The cold temperatures are getting them out and about in the early afternoon.
Brook trout are getting a deep red-orange breeding color. Brown trout that can have a little orange as well are also taking chances. They all are recklessly feeding. These trout are the ten inch plus breeders. The trout travel to gravel laden areas of the river where a female carves out a redd. The trout will be in plain sight midday. Usually it is after Labor Day this behavior occurs.
I love afternoon fly fishing during the salmon runs this time of year. Getting out of the river at 5 pm, and being on time for dinner conduces a happy family. Most guides enjoy the post resort season when trout are quite busy and the roads are not. We guides enjoy having some fly fishing time to ourselves. This is your chance if you are a summer visitor in the north to enjoy fall fishing in the late summer. Water temps are in the low 50's F in the morning, rising to 63 F by early evening when the water begins to steam or fog up. So if this weather stays cool get out to enjoy an early...late season.
The air temperatures are going to remain in the low 50's F by morning to high of 70 F by early afternoon and begin to drop again at 6 pm. The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black and Maple river are all slightly low and clear. The sun is traveling lower on the horizon and it's direct heat is not as intense on the streams. This keeps the rivers at a most comfortable 50-60 degrees F most of the daylight hours creating good fishing. The rain forecast is very little precipitation for the week. Flys are caddis, Adams, Royals, hoppers, and maybe a Copper John dropper for good measure. Be sure to take that favorite fleece you' ll need it. I guess I can wait a little longer for my tomatoes...as long as the big trout are biting.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.