May is a GREAT time to be in the U.P.!
When I say things are firing up I’m talking about small mouth, trout and steel head opportunities abound. Trout season is just starting to wind up and do to a late cold and wet spring both the steel head and small mouth migrations into the river systems are running a bit behind. This translates into excellent opportunities for any venturing angler so get out there and enjoy all that the Upper peninsula has to offer.
On the COVID 19 note, as of the 28th of May this restriction we are under is supposed to be lifted and if this does happen I will then begin booking trips again.
Until next time God bless and stay safe!
The title says it all. The pictures are representative of how things change here in the U.P. and how fast! We here in Michigan continue to march forward in-spite of the C19 and so do the fishing seasons. As I sit here pecking away at the keyboard the steelhead are still pushing into the rivers well but the smallmouth are not here yet as I am recording water temps in the high 30s and low 40s. As you may or may not know we need water temps in the very upper 40s and that temp needs to be consistent. Trout opener is right around the corner(next weekend) as far as water levels go everything in my neck of the woods is looking good and very manageable but again the water is cold and outside of the steelhead its got the fish moving sloooow!
Please keep us in mind as this C19 thing will come to pass and when it does there will be BIG adventures to be had!
Just as the spring thaw starts, just as things start picking wham COVID 19 strikes! Well needless to say any and all guided trips are off until further notice as our Government in an effort to slow the roll of the virus has issued the stay at home order.
With that being said the last several outings have produced some nice fish for myself all of which came on swing with the hot patterns being sculpin style flies all swung on heavy heads to get the fly down tight to the bottom. The guys nymphing using egg, stonefly, hex and caddis nymphs have been producing some nice fish as well.
The small rivers have mostly all opened up in the south central upper peninsula with are larger rivers still being frozen but with the rain and warmer than avg temps I anticipate them (lrgr rivers) opening up within a week or so.
For those looking to book a trip this coming season which isnt far off Im going to add a twilight trip for both trout and smallmouth. Its going to be designed for somebody who just wants to get out and fish quick a no frills get in the water and fish style thing for 3/4 hrs. I started doing this last year and it took quite well. All the trout trips of this nature will be wading and all the smallmouth trips will be floats. Cost 175.00 Its a great low budget quick way to have a blast!
Until next time stay safe wash your hands and stay healthy!
It is truly almost time! Of course any fisherman knows what Im referring to. Springtime baby! With spring comes the annual migration of steelhead, smallmouth and the trout opener!
Temps are finally starting to warm up a bit and with in about 3 weeks or so the rivers should break open. Fair amounts of steelhead are starting to show up with a lingering brown or two. My fav the swing is starting to gain momentum with the guys who are pinning and nymphing doing well. Color combos in orange and olives have been doing well with sculpin patterns in olive with some gold and silver flash also doing well. If your going to bounce the bottom egg patterns and stones will be the order of the day and as Jerry says (the one holding the steelhead) you cant go wrong with chartruese!
Until next time God bless and stay fishy!
As of right now steel head fishing and trout fishing on the fly is a bit of a slow roll. Water temperatures remain in the very low 30s with lower water and crystal clear conditions. There are a few fish to be had and the guys with Center pins or fly rodders who are nymphing are the ones who are lucky enough to pick up a fish here and there. As you all know I love to swing the fly and the swing bite right now is basically nonexistent. But don’t worry we’ve turned the corner and spring is on its way. Until next time be safe out there and God bless!
The fall and winter so far has been a heck of a ride. High water, cold water, dirty and ice flows have been the flavor all fall and into the winter so far.
For myself personally the swing bite was very tough so I finally broke down on this outing and grabbed the nymph stock and stuck a few!
The guys out there nymphing, pinning and bait fishing are doing a bit of business but I will say there is nothing outstanding going on here in the south central part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The object right now regardless of your style is low and slow.
As of right now because of some warm temps the waters are a bit high and there are some ice flows so be safe and keep your eyes open.
Until next time God bless and stay safe!
When I say water everywhere I mean it! I've been floating between the LP and my home the UP the past few weeks and it would seem everywhere i go the rivers are raging.
With that being said when there is a small break in water levels there are a few fish to be had! The fishing right now would be rated as fair to the lower side of good. The guys picking up the most fish are either pinning or nymphing and the swing bite for me personally has been slow. Water temps are still good with temps ranging from about the mid 40s to about 50.
Since the water has been sketchy its given me some great laboratory time as I am going to have a very busy November with trips and clients!
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God bless and tight line to all!
P.S. if and when you go out be safe as I said my local waters as of today are ripping pretty good!
Right now in Michigan's Upper Peninsula we have pretty good water conditions throughout.
We've had a little bit of warm weather but nothing that the rivers can't handle.
Right now both dry fly fishing and streamer fishing are awesome.
We've got stellar hatches of stoneflies light Cahill's bwo and catus
The streamer fishing even in the small brook trout streams is doing fantastic as well triple doubles, zoo cougars, D& D's and zonkers to name some of my favorites.
Until next time be safe and God bless!
P.S. Get out there and enjoy!
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Right now across the Upper Peninsula everything including the fish are in full bloom! The bug hatches are strong including Hendrickson, Sulphurs, Caddis, bwo and brown Drake!
Small mouth fishing continues to be top-notch as well both subsurface and on the surface!
As it's hard to squeeze time in to post photos and write a report I will also tell you to follow me on Facebook and Instagram as I do many live feeds and such it's just much easier!
Until next time have a great day and God bless!
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