Summer finally feels like it’s here in the Mitten and so much cool stuff is happening for us as fly anglers! From inland lakes to the rivers and the flats of Grand Traverse Bay; fish are all putting on the feed bag as nature’s buffet line is around the block. Our ten day forecast looks to be more like Summer every day as temps will be in the mid 70’s to 80’s!
This heat wave should get the bugs good and happy for evening spinner falls and daytime emergences for those looking to chase the elusive trophy brown trout or our native Brook Trout! Rivers are in great shape right now as fish are looking up for sailboating mayflies vulnerable for the taking. I’ve been seeing so many different bugs the last week as Mahogonies are still dribbling down, Little Yellow Stone Flies, the sulphers are making their presence know along with Mr. Isonychia (Finally!), Gray Drake and a few Brown drakes have been spotted to mix that into the punch bowl of mayfly stew! Now is the time to “Live and Die by the Dry Fly” here in Northern Michigan.
River smallmouth and pike fishing is on fire right now for those looking for great visual takes on poppers and streamers on floating lines. It is such a fun time to watch smallmouth bass slam poppers and chase down baitfish patters from across the river and the river pike surprise attacking our flies from the dark water! If you have not yet experienced the tug of a smallmouth bass on the fly, you are definitely missing out.
Flats fishing in the Grand Traverse Bay area is really heating up as bass are in the shallows to spawn and carp are on the prowl fattening up for their annual run. With the heat wave coming up, look for things to really get good by the end of the week as our water temps should hit the magic number bringing in the masses of Golden Bones and flats groupers giving us some of the best sight fishing in the State!
Inland lakes are on fire with panfish and bass as well and this is a great time for the beginner fly angler to really dial in basic skills with plenty of action to boot! Fathers day is just around the corner, so swing in the shop and get dad some great swag or a guided fishing trip for his special day……he deserves it! If you are looking to get into fly fishing or looking to get out on some great fishing, give us a shout or stop in the shop for a cup of coffee and a chat as we have plenty of guide days available but our calendars are filling up quick!
See ya out there,