Good news; the Hexagenia Lambata is here on some of the small lakes and streams in Northern Michigan.
Big Browns and even Walleye will be feeding on them just after sunset. For those fly fishing anglers who are dedicated to this natural phenomenon it is the most wonderful time of the year.
The smaller streams are still high and dark water. Unlike last years big fat trout, this years class of trout are thin. For what ever reason, it is a noticeable difference at this time of the year.
Lake run Steelhead and Browns are healthy but those trout locked in the small rivers seem stressed. And with the pass rains you would think they would be eating very well on terrestrials. The Flyfishing has been unpredictable so far this season.
The small mouth bass at Waugashonce point seemed confused, Lake Michigan is very high and cooler water temperatures made the movement to the redds late and lacking. Blue gill were late also. We need a clear weather pattern to create predictable hatches.
The best chances until the rivers settle will be nymphs and streamers. Hairs Ear, Muddler minnow, and flies like the Clouser minnow might be a good selection. There still lots of good reason to get into the rivers and wet a line, just know you will have to be smart about how your fishing. Try the dry flies but be ready to switch to wet. Enjoy this very green countryside and tie one on!
Richard and Jim
Letting you know current conditions and best approaches.