Weather or not...that is the question? Sunshine, rain, cold, you have to pick your days carefully. Watch the weather to catch what few hatches are left. The rivers are clear (may be a little dark) and high. The Maple was the last to settle down.
The Brook trout are on their redds. Watching 13 and 14 inch Brookies in the middle of the river is a sight not often seen. They just dart back and forth across the polished gravel bed. The secret is to stay away from the spawning area. Fish near by deep and calm feeding holes behind long runs. Early afternoon to 6 PM works for me. The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black, and Maple rivers are under post September rules. Be sure and check your MiDNR fishing guide and website for fishing opportunities.
The low angle of the sun will have the rivers around 50 F to 55 F on some of these upcoming days. The Great Lakes tributaries Salmon runs are nearing their end and comfortable weather is fading with the sun. Yes first snow flakes can be only a couple weeks away when fly rods are replaced with a snow shovel. Get out and fly fish this week if you can.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.