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!
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