Rivers North Fishing Report

It’s fishing time in the U.P.!

June 26th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

What a great time of the fishing season here in the U.P., summer weather & so many different fishing options to choose from!  Some downright fantastic fishing weather lately with temps in the 70′s, great for fish & fisherman.  Trout fishing remains strong w good stream conditions- Cahills, Quills & Mahoganies have been hatching & Trout have been feeding readily on the surface.  The warm water species fishing scene has been very good as well- carp & predators are on the prowl….  Enjoy the nice weather & spend it knee deep!




U.P. Trout Season

June 19th, 2015 at 9:41 am

Finally the rains have subsided & water levels are back to a more normal state here in the Upper Peninsula.  Trout fishing has been pretty good for Brook & Brown Trout, fish have been rising to a variety of insects including Brown Drakes, Mahoganies, large Stoneflies, & Caddis.  Streamers have also been producing some nice nice from time to time in favorable conditions. Congrats to our guests again this week, pictured below is a true U.P. trophy Brown Trout, which took a well presented dry fly!  Don’t forget to pack the Deet, it will be a short day if you do….




906 on da fly

June 10th, 2015 at 9:23 am

It is Trout season here in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the mosquitoes are out in force & it feels like summer time.  Our higher than normal water conditions persist as rains keep coming & coming.  Looks like this trend is going to continue for the near future as forecast keeps calling for rains every few days.  Regardless we have been finding some active Brook & Brown Trout, some fish have been rising while other caught subsurface.  BWO’s, Caddis, Sulphurs, & Brown Drakes have been hatching on a daily basis, some days more than others.  The warm water predator scene continues to produce, even the walleyes have wanted a well presented fly.  Congrats to our anglers, another great week of fishing here in the U.P.!

I was lucky enough to watch a mother moose & her two newborns the other day for quite some time.  A neat experience as moose are pretty elusive here, check out this picture below :)





Trout fishing in the U.P.

May 30th, 2015 at 9:03 pm

Rain & lots of it…. That is the current news here in the world of fly fishing in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Rivers are so full of water right now it resembles the peak of spring runoff, not so good for this time of the fishing season.  Prior to the rains Trout fishing was pretty good w a variety of insects hatching- Sulphurs, BWO’s, Caddis for the most part.  A few Steelhead are still avail in areas & warm water predators are starting to eat.  Hoping our rains subside!




Overwhelming Opportunity

May 17th, 2015 at 10:25 pm

This is the time of the fishing season here in the UP when one must make important choices, choices as to where to spend the day fishing… Ideal water temps for many different species across the Upper Peninsula region offers good opportunity for cold water species in many different water types.  Some Steelhead are still available for those still interested and resident Brook & Brown Trout are more active w rising water temps.  Some dry fly opps are avail on a day to day basis w Blue Winged Olives, Stoneflies & Caddis flying about-a right place at the right time scenario.  Great Lakes have been offering up some great fishing as well, find the baitfish & find the gamefish…

Join our friend Jerry Darkes of Scott Fly Rods, Scientific Anglers, Ross Reels, Abel Reels & many other fine companies here in Marquette on May 30 at 10:00 am at Downwind Sports.  Jerry is author of Fly Fishing the Inland Oceans- An anglers Guide to Locating & catching fish in the Great Lakes.  He will be hosting “Great Lakes Day” @ Downwind, please attend this fun event to demo the finest in fly fishing gear & pick the brain of one of the Great Lakes regions fishiest anglers!





Dropback Steelhead Love

May 11th, 2015 at 9:25 am

A great time of the fishing season here in the U.P. as many opportunities abound.  Steelhead are available, but numbers have decreased as a quite a few fish have found their way back to the Great Lakes.  It has been a good spring Steelhead season, many thanks to our guests & congrats on some spectacular fish! Water levels seasonably normal currently and temps are running in the mid 40′s to mid 50′s.





Spring fishing in the U.P.

May 2nd, 2015 at 8:29 pm

Fly fishing opportunities here in the Upper Peninsula this time of the fishing season are good.  Currently there are still Steelhead available across the U.P. region in most rivers.  Many fish have wrapped their spawning & have begun the voyage back to the lake.  Some rain would be nice as stream levels are beginning to drop into a lower stage.  BWO’s, a variety of Stoneflies & some caddis have been active, a few resident Trout have been active as well.  Congrats to our clients as of lately on some wonderful fish!



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.

UP Fly Fishing Guide

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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!

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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 :)