June 1st, 2022
Summer nights are officially here and trout fishing has been steadily improving. Bugs are in the air and trout are rising in the evening with regularity, finally. Don't forget your headlamps like I did this weekend, you are going to want them as we start fishing later and later into the evenings.
Caddis, Sulphurs, and Gray Drakes and Brown Drakes are on the menu depending on where you are headed. This weeks warm temperatures should really blow the lid off of things and bring some nights of heavy bugs.
If you are on your way to the Upper Manistee River, please be aware of the developing situation with invasive Didymo ("Rock Snot") that has been found in that river. Please do your part to prevent the spread to our other trout streams by cleaning your waders, wading boots, anchor ropes, and draining your boat. You can learn more about Didymo on the Manistee and how to prevent its spread here. Main takeaways are:
- Didymo threatens the trout fishery by altering the stream bed composition, increasing sediment collection, and decreasing the quality of habitat available for aquatic insects
- Clean, Drain, and Dry all of your equipment before fishing different river systems to prevent the spread of this invasive species.
Local bass fishing has been consistent as well as we march forward into summer expect the top water bite to start developing, with baitfish patterns continuing to be the go to choice.
Check out our class schedule page for upcoming classes, or if you or someone you know is looking to start fly fishing or fly tying take advantage of our free 101 classes.
Good luck this week, enjoy the warm weather!