Sunday, August 2, 2009

MICHIGAN SUMMER FLY FISHING UPDATE




We have been gifted by Mother Nature with a "cold" global warming summer in Michigan and the trout and steelhead fishing has never been better!. I can't recall in decades when having this kind of summer weather.There are tons of fishing opportunities out there for the beginning of August. SO.......don't wait for the "stimulus package" to provide for your summertime stimulation, get on board with the fly fishing sensation! (lol)


Reports - south to north


ST.JOSEPH RIVER- summer Skamania steelhead and small and large mouth bass.


DOWAGIAC CREEK AND RIVER- brown trout-hatches mornings-tricos, olives-afternoons-terrestrials, evening-streamers, mous'in and large stone flies-(note:white flies soon to start on Dow river- ephron leukon.


S.W Mich trout streams- too many to mention-Paw Paw,Rabbit, Coldwater, Rogue etc.-all fishing very well with the cool summer and ample rainfall.Terrestrials and large sculpins in the evening.


GRAND RIVER- some summer steelhead at 6th st., also bass,


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MUSKEGON- fishing very well with the cool waters. Morning- lots of BWO spinners(24), tricos near Pine st. Afternoons- take a nap, work in the yard, go to the beach-Evenings, white steno cahills, cinnamon and green caddis, micro caddis ,midges galor also olive stones- large stones after dark- fish giant stimulator stoneflies near shore for those elusive hogs Sputnik and his clients only seem to catch!...the ones that don't exsist(lol)..also smallies in lower river.Tribs- Tamrak, Little MO- big browns after dark- mous'in, giant stones-lots of property posted so be wise and respectful


WHITE RIVER(upper). lots of fat plump browns, bows and brookies-mornings-tricos, olives-afternoons-terrestrials- evenings- olives,caddis some large stones- fish big and bushy after dark- hold -on!-there are some big dawgs in the White if you know where to find them.


PERE MARQUETTE- trico's and olives before aluminum hatch- afternoons- terrestrials,evenings- olive spinners- mous'in for big browns- it's "tommy time"


LITTLE MANISTEE-same program as P.M.-some early King salmon in the lower river.


BIG MANISTTEE- summer steelhead, browns and smallies below TIPPY- Hodenpyle- browns at dark- mous'in ,streamers, stimulator stones- bubbler working.


TRAVERSE AREA TROUT STREAMS-Boardman, Betsie, Platte, Rapid, Boyne, Sturgeon-All fishing very well with cold summer- same program as P.M.-ask , call "CHUCK"(not Schwab, but Hawkins for the "skinny"- he lives there.


MANISTEE-Au SABLE- a.m. trico's, olives- afternoons-terrestrial city!- Evenings- olive spinners(24)-large stone stimulators, mous'in after dark.


U.P.-ST.MARY'S- fresh Atlantics in- swing rainbow smelt, caddis pupae. U.P TROUT STREAMS-all fishing very well with the cold temps- bring lots of bug spray or big guns for the mosquitoes as big as elephants!


THERE YOU HAVE IT! Pick a river or stream, do your homework(read Linsenman's books), get the right fly patterns, hire a good guide if you can afford to, and enjoy the wonderful bounty this state has to offer! As the Sonny and Cher song goes( "even though we ain't got money"( or jobs)...........we have great and immense Natural Resources that our Governess has finally realized. and has started to promote.


For more info , go to the- resources/links page at http://www.graydrake.com-also visit the new fishing reports page (very thourough!) at http://www.orvis.com/.


Cheers! and tight Lines!