The forecast this week is near 70s Fahrenheit and sunny. That is a gift for sure. If the wind is calm, if the sun is out, some hatches will appear. Most spawning trout and salmon runs are near the end, a time when they become lethargic. Getting trout to surface feed will be a challenge. You might want to try a dry with a dropper. Good areas to fly fish are calm pools near the very evident polished redds.
It isn't often one is out wadding the river in November, but the NOAA predicted El Niño is a reality. Last year at this time we were facing freezing temperatures with blowing snow. The third week of November 2014 we had 3 feet of snow on the ground and -30 below zero temperatures shortly there after. What a reprieve this year.
The water temperatures are near 50F, so warm weather gear is a good idea. The northern Michigan dilemma...bow season, Grouse season, and fly fishing are all experiencing comfortable weather. What's a guy to do? Oh and rifle season is less than two weeks away. The up side is you can do all three.
The Pigeon, Sturgeon, Black and Maple Rivers are all rising fast with last weeks rain but are still clear. Be sure to check your favorite stream for year 'round locations and gear restrictions (GR).
The rivers and forests have been very peaceful these past few weeks. You might want to venture out into the country side just to see if I'm right.
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.