Steelhead fishing has really improved and most rivers have great numbers of fish right now. Temps are now in the mid 40's, but spawning activity is still light so there are many fresh fish around. Eggs have been the best fly for me, particularly yellow over orange Nukes. I have been hearing from several people that green or chartreuse has been hot also. Resident trout fishing will pick up soon since the temps on the larger tailwaters are approaching 50 degrees and the water levels are dropping. I now have May 2nd and May 3rd open for steelhead trips if you are interested.. It is a great time to learn how to steelhead fish since there are so many fish around. We are hooking great numbers of fish every time out at this point. Give us a call at (906) 273-0229 to book a half or full day.
Type 1 green streams open to fishing tomorrow which means we have hundreds of great trout streams to fish.The steelhead run is going strong and all of our streams have fish present now although numbers vary. Water temps are slowly climbing again and most streams are at normal spring flows now. I will be targeting steelhead instead of trout this year, but we should have some trout dry fly action within a few weeks if the weather cooperates. Stop by the shop and pick up the hot flies or book a trip!
Well it looks like we have a little snow on the way along with some cold temps. The fishing was hot yesterday though. We are still experiencing high water, but many of the rivers have cleared and are safe to wade if you are careful. Water temps have spiked locally and some fish have moved to gravel so the egg bite is on. I fished last night with a friend and we set up in a run behind some active gravel and managed to bring a few to the net. Maxima tippet and strong hooks were very helpful in the fast water. Nuke eggs were the ticket with yellow over orange as the best color.Pressure is still very low because of the conditions so get out there and enjoy some solitude before it gets busy. This week will be prime with the cooler temps. Give us a call at (906) 273-0229 for current conditions and advice on flies. Good luck out there.
The snow has melted and water temps are climbing! We had pretty harsh runoff over the last week with some rivers reaching flood stages, but now conditions are looking more favorable. Most streams are running on the high side, but the clarity has improved and there are many steelhead to be caught. The forecast for next weeks trout opening is looking great this year! We will have plenty of water and there should be lots of steelhead in the rivers still. I will be getting out this week and will post another report soon. We are pretty much booked up for guided steelhead trips, but we do have dates available for the beginning of dry fly season. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ford etails and availability.
The conditions on local rivers are starting to look a lot better! We had a couple days of warmer weather last week and most rivers ended up with a slight stain and a push of fresh steelhead. Temps are still very low and will not be rising anytime soon so fishing low and slow while changing patterns frequently before moving will pay off. Egg and san juan worms have been producing for flies and spawn or waxies under a float have been best for spin fishing. Good luck out there and be on the lookout for degrading shelf ice.