August is here and although we are past Northern Michigan's major hatches there is still some great trout fishing to enjoy before Salmon and Steelhead start to show up in our rivers. Early mornings are producing Tricos, small mayflies that can frustrate but will bring fish up for a surface eat. Typically I wait to tie on a Trico until I find fish selectively feeding as they are not always the most effective searching pattern. Early mornings can also be a great time to fish a small streamer or twitch fly such as a Wet Skunk.
The real fun for most anglers this time of year has to be the terrestrial fishing. This is a relaxed way to enjoy your time on the water whether you're floating or wading, just cast to all the likely spots and wait for a surface explosion. Hoppers get the most attention but try a more subtle presentation with ants and beetles.
Bluegill & Bass
The best times for consistent action has been the morning hours on our local lakes. We love getting out to chase bluegill and bass as it provides an excellent learning environment. Poppers and spiders are always a great choice but you might switch things up by fishing a diver for bass or a small bugger for gills not willing to come to the surface.