Salmon are here! The high water brought in a wave of fresh Kings, Coho, and a few Steelhead. The sixth street dam is loaded with fish, as well as anglers. They are moving upstream at a steady pace. It sounds crazy after all that flooding two weeks ago, but we could actually use another shot of rain. But regardless of that, fishing has been awesome. September is truly an incredible time to be an angler in Michigan.
Northern rivers have plenty of fish, and they are just starting to spawn. Looks like it will be a great season with lots of fishy opportunities.
Trout fishing has been great too. Nymphing and streamers have been consistent, and even some dry fly fishing is still an option. Euro nymphing has become very popular, and its an absolutely deadly way of drumming up some trout out of a variety of different water types.
Stoneflies and caddis have been great. Look for eggs to be numero uno once the kings start getting on the rocks.
Smallmouth have been great too. Plenty of fish keying in on minnows. Small poppers and large foamy rubber legs have also been productive in midday, bright light scenarios.
Pretty soon, the swinging window will present itself, and we couldn't be happier. If you've never experienced a tight line grab from a bright autumn fish, you owe it to yourself to give it a whirl. It's not always a numbers game, but the memory of that grab will last your entire lifetime.
Spartan Swing Team. GO GREEN. #spartyon
Tomorrow we are hosting a Rogue River Cleanup. If you're interested in helping, simply show up at Childsdale Bridge (7800 Childsdale Ave N, Rockford MI) at 8am. You will be assigned a team leader, and a section of river. The cleanup will last until about noon, then we are having an after party at Rockford Brewing. Bring waders or water shoes, and appropriate clothing. Hope to see you there!
Good luck this fall, we will see you on the water. As always, thanks for the support at the shop. #flyshopstrong #shoplocal