Rivers North Fishing Report

Trout opener weekend

April 23rd, 2015 at 10:33 am

Snow, yep snow & cold…. Seems as if every spring we endure this, we get a week of 60 degree bliss & then the snows move back in!  Such is the life, this is the U.P. right?  Currently streams have dropped into shape from the escalated water levels into typical spring flows.  Water had warmed up considerably w the warm weather, but now back into the 30′s for the most part.  Steelhead are available everywhere w varying numbers & fishing is day to day for the most part. A few resident Trout have been active & the first Brook Trout of the season made an appearance this past week which was a pleasant sight.  Opening day of trout season here on Saturday, lets the games begin & be courteous to others astream please.


Please check out the video below, we worked w local filmmaker/photographer Aaron Peterson on this project & he did a great job showcasing local Marquette County fly fishing venues. Click here to watch the new film “Testify” by Aaron, a tribute to local legend John Voelker. Aaron’s work w the camera is first class, check out his other work online or his website here.



Time to help support an awesome U.P. local organization!!

Enter a chance to win a full day guided fishing outing for two anglers for Brook & Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, Muskies, Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass & Splake!

A $10 entry fee helps support Dr.Tracy Nyberg & her husband Dave Nyberg as they compete in Marquette County’s Dancing with the Stars program this late May. I’m partial to team Nyberg in this event, as this is my sister & brother in law!

All funds raised from this event support U.P. Home Health Hospice. We have all had someone in our life that hospice has helped out, show your support by donating to this fine cause! The more raffle tickets you buy, the better chance you have to go fishing!!

Entries to purchase raffle tickets for the guided fly fishing trip can be made online at http://www.gofundme.com/nwwpnc or at Downwind Sports in Marquette and with Dr.Tracy at Bayshore Vet Clinic in Marquette. If purchasing online, please note you are entering the fishing outing raffle.



Spring, now available…

April 13th, 2015 at 10:35 am

After a long cold winter here in Michigan’s U.P., it sure seems like fishing season is upon us now. Heavy runoff is on us after a late season winter storm that dumped 8 inches of wet snow across the region. Steelhead are present pretty much everywhere at this point, although numbers of fish vary from stream to stream. Some areas still have quite a bit of snow in the forest, more runoff to come which will cause escalated water levels for quite some time.



Spring Melt

April 2nd, 2015 at 11:08 am

Our spring melt off is under a trickle charge as this is a slow start to spring fishing here in the Upper Peninsula.  Cold nights have minimized run off and stream levels are low/cold for the most part.  Today we have some unseasonable warm weather which should provide some nice melt off, then back to the 30 degree range tomorrow.  Once the ground unfreezes water levels will rise & water temps will also climb, this might take some time w this weather pattern!  Currently there are a few Steelhead in the U.P. rivers, most of which are winter fish.  Also, a few holdover lake run Brown Trout are still around which make for happy anglers :)



The melt begins..

March 19th, 2015 at 10:16 am

Spring is making an appearance here in the U.P., temps have hit as high as 60 degrees over the last few weeks.  Snow pack has taken a major hit as the warm weather coupled w a light rain this week has melted a large amount.  Cold nights have slowed the melting process which has kept our water flows in rivers at bay.  Currently some streams are running a bit up w the melt while others are still fairly low.  Lots of shelf ice & fairly dangerous wading conditions exist w the ice like this. Water temps remain frigid as the snow run off acts as a big melting ice cube.  Come out & help support local Marquette Trout Unlimited chapter in their annual fundraiser on April 3 at NMU.  Lots of door prizes & great live/silent auction items that have been donated to this years event.IMG_3607




Film Fest & Fly Tying Season

February 10th, 2015 at 4:47 pm

It is winter here in the Upper Peninsula as you can see from the image below, limited fly fishing opportunities exist as most of our streams our pretty locked up.  As winters go we are having a fairly normal season, snow totals are a bit lower than expected and temps a bit lower on average as well.  We are in much better shape w ice cover on Lake Superior as well as rivers at this point of the winter compared to last year.  Lots of winter left so it is hard to predict anything for the upcoming fishing season at this point.

A big shout out to everyone from across the UP region & beyond who took part in the 1st showing of the Fly Fishing Film Tour this past saturday night in Marquette.  A near sell out crowd in attendance made for a great event, Thomas Theatres plans on making this an annual event- so thanks for your support!  If you missed this, there is a showing of the Film Tour in Sault Ste.Marie, MI on Feb 22 at 5pm.  The Fly Fishing Film Tour is brought to Sault Ste. Marie thanks to the Sault Area Foundation for Education, SOO Area Sportsman Club and Reel North LLC. Proceeds from this event will benefit Kids Fishing Pond & SOO Area Sportsman Club as well as the LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club!  Tickets ($12) are available in advance online and locally through members of the LSSU Fisheries and Wildlife Club. For tickets please contact Addie Dutton at 231-357-7018. Tickets ($15) will also be available at the door the night of the event.

Looking to up your Steelhead game?  Check out our friend Kevin’s new video on streamer fishing for Steelhead, this film includes information on how to properly present flies as well as tie productive patterns.  A well put together video that will surely help you catch more fish!  Here is a short trailer of the film & full length video can be purchased here.

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Hibernation & Film Fest

January 16th, 2015 at 6:04 pm

It’s the heart of winter here in the yooperland, fishing options are very limited right now. Icy cold flows fill our streams currently & frankly you are better off going skiing or recreating in the snow than spending your time fishing. Looks like the forecast for fishing is going to get a bit better though as we are under  a nice warm up starting tomorrow. This should open up some water & provide a bit of an opportunity for those looking to make some casts. Pictured below is a new stash of RN decals, send us over a message & we will happily send some your way in the mail for free!

Also, make sure to reserve the evening of Feb 7, 2015 to attend the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Marquette! This marks the first annual showing of the film here thanks to our friends at Thomas Cinema Group. A big shout out the Thomas Cinema as they have decided to donate proceeds to UP non profit fishing organizations, a gracious & appreciated gesture! Click here to purchase your tickets online & join in the fun.




Back to winter..

December 16th, 2014 at 1:21 pm

An unseasonable warm up in the weather department was sure nice, it felt more like spring than winter over the course of the last four days here in the Upper Peninsula. A window of opportunity opened w this weather & now we are back to the snows. We lost a good amount of snow recently & a small amount of runoff brought a bit of color to some rivers. Steelhead and Brown Trout dominate the catch w some magnificent fish available.

Treat someone special this Christmas holiday to the gift of fishing, contact us to purchase a gift certificate (available in any amount) to a guided fishing trip w Riversnorth. Also available is a full assortment of Riversnorth gear- Hats, hoodies, & t shirts for the fisherman in your life, contact us to order your today or pick up locally in Marquette at Downwind Sports!

Happy holidays to all & thank you for all the support over the years!



It’s Winter

November 30th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

A small window of decent weather opened the window for some fishing opps lately, other than that it has been pretty much to damn cold! This onset of winter has been quite possibly earliest I have ever witnessed this much ice & snow to hinder fishing conditions. Regardless of the rough weather, some great Brown Trout & Steelhead are around in the rivers of the U.P.. This time of the year you just have to time your fishing with favorable weather conditions. A new batch of Riversnorth hats are in, send us a message to order yours today ($20 shipped)!



Wiley Wintertime

November 12th, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Ol man winter showed up in grand fashion to say the least…  In literally a 3 hour time span we went from late fall weather to downright middle of winter conditions.  This put an abrupt halt to fishing for a few days, many lakes have froze in a 2 day time span after this brutal weather.  Many areas of the UP got around 2 feet of snow in a 36 hr time span, should make for some interesting hunting on rifle opener this Saturday.  On the bright side, some great fish have been caught as of lately.  Persistency & great presentation has equaled success.  Both streamer fishing as well as nymphing at this time is productive, fishing varying techniques allows the angler to fish to different   fish.




Snowy Pumpkin

November 1st, 2014 at 9:17 am

Water temps are in the downward spiral now as we are very quickly fading into late fall here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  A healthy snowstorm greeted to kids for their trick or treating last yesterday as many parts of the U.P. received up to 8 inches of snow!  I wouldn’t say that’s untypical for this time of the year, but it is always a bit of a shock to the system.  Many rivers still remain rather high, this fall has seen ample precip to keeps streams flowing well.  Steelhead continue to migrate into rivers and fish numbers range quite widely.  Late fall offers fun opportunities for a variety of different species!