Rivers North Fishing Report

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!




Fall fishing in Michigan’s U.P.

October 22nd, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Burr, some cold weather here lately & even a few snowflakes in the air.  In many areas of the Upper Peninsula the leaves are all off the trees and cold crisp mornings have a quite a bit of frost on the pumpkins.  This time of year is great, I can’t get enough of  the great opportunities that are available. It isn’t easy fishing, but the rewards are phenomenal. Water temps have been cooling daily and many streams are running well above average w all the wet weather we have had this fall.  Some nice Steelhead are currently available, but some areas are lacking in fish numbers while others seem to have around normal amounts.  Look for fish to continue to arrive as water temps drop and river levels stay higher than normal.  Late fall offers some high opportunity for the predator as well….




October 14th, 2014 at 5:20 pm

Rain, rain, rain & more rain-seems like this will never end… Many days of all day rain have most rivers full of water at this point of the season.  A nice variety of species are available across the UP region- both cold water & warm water.  Predators are responding to the dropping water temps and acting accordingly for late autumn.  Steelhead are silver, screw up & it’s game over. This time of the fishing season offers some trophy opps on some great fish, keep casting & feed um what they want!





Fade to Fall

October 3rd, 2014 at 9:29 pm

After a week of probably the nicest weather we have had of the entire summer it is now starting to feel like October.  A steady rain has fallen over the last 48 hours which has provided a big shot of water to the Upper Peninsula streams.  Looks like more rain & cooler temps are in the forecast, so look for river levels to continue to rise across the region.  The onset of fall has brought a few bright player Steelhead into the streams, these fish are have downright hot.  Pacific Salmon are also available, a variety of fresh & older fish are around. Congrats to our anglers as of lately, nice work!





It’s fall in the U.P.

September 22nd, 2014 at 8:18 pm

It feels like fall here in the north woods now, certain areas of the U.P. are in full autumn colors & the air has that nice crisp feel in the mornings. This is the time of the year that really just can’t last long enough, it is wonderful to be outside enjoying the surroundings. Currently many fishing opportunities exist- Pacific Salmon are available, resident Trout as well as warm water predators. Take your shotgun out for a stroll as well, upland bird season is open & I have been seeing a few birds on the way to the river. Enjoy…..




Water Event

September 15th, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Whew, big rains & big winds across the U.P. as of lately has mixed things up a bit.  Rivers are absolutely full of water right now as up to 4 inches of rain hit the region.  Major coastal flooding on Lake Superior caused severe damage to many areas of the Upper Peninsula.  Fall is definitely in the air as fish are responding the the cooler water temps/increased water situation.  Predators have been behaving accordingly w the onset of autumn & those interested in Pacific Salmon have been finding fish.  It’s a nice time to visit the Upper Peninsula for some fishing, enjoy before the snows begin to fly soon!



Big congrats to our anglers as of lately, lots of firsts on the fly which don’t come easy :)

AK-Off Da Grid

August 29th, 2014 at 3:52 pm

To say the Alaska trips were good fishing would be an understatement, the crew at Alaska Fly Anglers put together more killer fishing.  Trophy rainbow trout were there & everyone got it done in a big way.  All the anglers that went had quite the experience as the bears were out in force feeding heavily on the sockeyes that were everywhere.  If you are considering an alaska fishing adventure, better contact us to get signed up.  These trips have been filling rapidly nearly 1 year in advance as this is the real Alaska adventure, no foo foo lodges & bullshit here-just great fishing on pristine rivers.  Thanks to John H & the crew for another great trip…..








Sweet Summertime

August 24th, 2014 at 10:36 am

The heat of summer, right?!!!  Seems like someone forgot to actually turn the heat up this summer, our cold weather trend has continued all summer long!  Smallmouth bass fly fishing has provided some good fishing lately here in the Upper Peninsula.  Some areas have offered some good numbers of fish, while others seem to be much lower than normal. Both top water & subsurface patterns have been productive as you just have to feed the fish what they want.  The toothy fish have been eating as well, keep casting & set the hook hard!!  Also, our annual Alaska trips just arrived back to the lower 48-so stay tuned for some sweet pics on our next fishing report. Another year of filthy awesome fishing :)




Officially Summer in da U.P.!

August 4th, 2014 at 11:52 am

It’s mid summer here in the U.P. & it’s the time of the year that yoopers embrace! The weather doesn’t get any better & fishing opportunities abound. Water temps are still a bit below average, but we are getting much closer to normal at this point of the game. Some areas of the Upper Peninsula are in dire need of rain as they haven’t seen much precip since June. Other parts of the region have stream levels at a normal level & running very clear. A nice variety of species are available right now accross the Upper Peninsula for the fly angler. The St.Marys has Atlantic Salmon & surprisingly a few Steelehad still availble (very odd)-water temps are warming so please use caution w c&r. Inland streams and lakes accross the U.P. are offering good opps for resident Trout as well as warm water species at this time.