Full Swing Fall
There is no question it is fall in Michigan. After a long hot summer the weather has finally cooled off, the leaves are changing, morning air is crisp, and there is even some rain in the forecast! That's a good thing because we need rain. Bad.
So far, fall has been dry and rivers are low which has made fishing a bit challenging. That being said, this is among the best times of the year to get outside and enjoy some time on the water. Opportunities abound.
Kings are around, but winding down on many rivers. Still seeing fish being caught downtown, and up north. The rain in next weeks forecast could push up some more fish and draw things out a bit.
Trout fishing has been very good the past few weeks. As big pre-spawn browns strap on the feed bag, nymphing can be very good. Try a pats rubber legs, Frenchies, or slush eggs if you are Euro Nymphing.
Streamer fishing for trout has also been picking up in northern Michigan. Fall streamer floats can be very productive and the scenery makes them even more enjoyable.
It is that time of year where we start shifting gears towards Steelhead. There are fish around, but we have been working for them. If the forecast holds, things should only improve on the steelhead front. This is a great time of year to swing for steelhead, if you are looking to upgrade your setup stop by and check out the Orvis Mission 11' 8wt Switch. It is a very impressive rod, incredibly light, and an absolute cannon.
Big thanks to everyone for the outpouring of support and shopping local over the last few months. This has been a difficult time for everyone and we really appreciate the continued support for a locally owned small business for all your fly fishing needs. Starting next week (October 19th) our Grand Rapids location will be expanding hours and getting back to a bit more normal schedule. We will be keeping the Thursday night late hours, and staying closed Sundays. Starting Monday October 19th, Grand Rapids shop hours will be:
Monday: 10am - 6pm
Tuesday: 10am - 6pm
Wednesday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 7pm
Friday: 10am - 6pm
Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Swing by the shop, we are stocked up and ready to help you with everything you need to get on the water this week. Have a great weekend!