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June 14 – Water temps are cooling back down to safe levels…good luck out there and enjoy!!!

June 10, 2021 Report

Things are still out of whack!  Very specific hatches (there are still some drake and sulphurs around in certain areas), hexes two weeks early and now warm water.  Please check water temps prior to fishing the hex hatch…the lower end of the trout water has been hitting 70+ degrees.  That is not conducive for catch and release.  After a couple nights of having the hatch to myself; I painfully move my trips upstream where there is colder water temps.  It should recovery in the next couple days when our evening temps drop into the 50’s.

PMTU Monitoring Station at M-37

PMTU Monitoring Station at Bowman’s Bridge

The river is LOW and clear!  Banging the banks with stimulators and rubber legged attractors has generated some awesome strikes this week!!!  The after dark fishing has been the most productive with large stones, waking flies and fat alberts.  The banks are coming alive with damsels too.  I saw my first damsel eat yesterday and that’s exciting.

Solo evening outing

The shop is stocked up with all your necessities and plenty of items you might just want.  If you are thinking about booking a guided trip for late May or June, please give us a call.  Dates are filling fast for Grey Drakes and Hexes…231-745-3529.  My current open dates are: June 14, 20, 21, 28 – 30 and July 1, 2.  These dates are subject to change and we have other guides available as well; plus lodging at the Motel!

Craig with a great rainbow on a hex
Ray with a daddy after-dark!

There are plenty of ants, spiders and other creatures along the banks right now too.  Tossing rubber legged twitch bug and wet flies are gaining momentum.  Nymphing with small copper john’s and pleasant tails is always an option when nothing is working.  Plus, Euro nymphing is getting popular on the PM.  We are starting to carry “Euro” gear/flies in the shop….give it a try!  Personally, I love dries and streamers, but to each their own.  We truly have a wonderful resource here…please respect and help protect it!

I gotta run to get ready for my trip today…sorry to be so brief…VERY BUSY & THANK YOU!!!!  Good luck, be safe and respect your fellow anglers.  Please be mindful of other anglers space and treat them as you would like to be treated…edict goes a long way!  There is SO MUCH more to being out there then catching the biggest fish.  Sitting on the bank of a Michigan trout stream is a wonderful place to spend time and escape.  Watch the water before marching into the river…you might be surprised what you see and learn!