Warmer temperatures are marking the beginning of winter's end! If you have been watching the thermometer, we must agree the weather doesn't seem normal. The reason is, it isn't normal. In fact these past couple weeks are record cold readings. To add to the problem the snow is still extremely deep. So forget the "ole fashion winter " routine, this winter has been a record hard one to endure. Relief is coming. The thaw is underway. However, the new weather problem will be rain and ice.
This past week Petoskey's below zero (record) was the coldest it's ever been this late in the year. Only once in Petoskey's recorded history have temperatures gone below zero this late in the season and that was on April 6, 2003 at -4 F.
The Maple River, my favorite, flows through Pellston and the cold temperatures there have been brutal. What can we expect in April and May? We are in uncharted territory. There is so much snow on the ground. I really don't know what to expect, but log this year as a
benchmark for future melt water run off and how it effects spring fishing. I can't believe there will be another one like it soon. When will the first 50 F degree day arrive; April 1 - fools day? When will this cold snap lift? I can take the extended cold, but it is starting to cut into my fly fishing time. OK Mother Nature it is spring, so let's get on with it. The cute cold weather joke is wearing out.
The temperatures will be warm enough to endure a day on the Great Lakes tributaries. I have been working on spring Steelhead trout trips. I have been planning for my first Brook Trout caught on a dry fly, however this year I still have my snow blower gassed up and combat ready. What's a guy to do?
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.