Finally, the cool down is here! We've been stuck in the heat here in Northern Michigan for almost two weeks and it feels great to take a break.
The Boardman is still running nice and cool with temps in the morning around 60 degrees and rising to 65 by mid-day. The best fishing has been early ahead of the party barges of canoes & kayaks. With the recent bump in flow from rain, streamers are worth throwing in the low light but it's not time to dredge. Wet skunks, Zoo Cougars, and other lightweight flies are what you'll want to throw. As the days warm up, we've been switching over to hopper/dropper rigs where the depth allows. I like soft hackle droppers so you can let them swing at the end of your drift. You might be surprised how many fish you'll find eat right as your drift starts to drag. In shallower water, trim the dropper off and work on your accuracy as fish will sit right on the edge of the bank.
The Manistee is still running warm and we're really not running trips out there currently. The early mornings are still in the acceptable temperature range but fishing is tapering off most days by noon. Small hoppers are the way to go currently with peach, tan, and purple being the most popular colors.