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May 28th, 2013

Currently here in the U.P. spring is slowly fading into Summer time as our fishing options are expanding on a daily basis.  Trout fishing is available across the region as rivers are ranging from high to average flows for this time of the fishing season.  For the most part rivers are running on the high side still fromt he late Spring & constant state of runoff we have been enduring.  This higher water provides tons of natural food for resident trout, this will provide us with some healthy fish this year. Some surface fedding activity has been present, but is not reliable.  Hatches are Stoneflies, Caddis, Blue Winged Olives and Hendricksons-these hatches should be getting more active with warming water temps.

The warm water predators have also been getting a bit more active as they are just getting done with their spawning duties and some have not even spawned as of yet.  Most fish have been shallow in the warmest water available, this should change soon as temps are warming quickly.  So far, big appetites from smaller fish :)

Upper Peninsula Fly Fishing Report

May 19th, 2013

Seasons are changing here in the U.P. as we have blessed with some fantastic weather as of lately.  Daytime highs in the low 70’s have a feel of early summertime in the air, a nice change of pace to say the least!  Right now there is a multitude of opportunities available for the fly angler, a nice time of the year to visit.  Resident Brook and Brown Trout have been getting more active with the warming waters and our guests have found some high quality fish as of lately.  More and more insects have been showing-Hendricksons, Blue Winged Olives, Caddis and some Stoneflies have a few fish looking up. Some Steelhead are available for those who are still interested.

Snowy May

May 12th, 2013

Snow?  Cmon now, you have to be kidding me with this as it May 12 and the last two mornings we have been greeted by a blanket of white covering the ground here in the U.P.!  On the bright side, that is more water to keep our stream levels happy and our Great Lakes increasing in volume.

Steelhead fishing remains pretty good overall, water temps have climbed into the mid 50’s and now back down into the 40’s.  Water levels range from high to normal for this time of the fishing season and water clarity differs from river to river.  Congrats to our guests this past week, many 1st Steelhead and some trophy class fish-nice work!

Trout fishing has been slowly gaining a bit of steam, some sporadic insect activity has been present.  Blue Winged Olives, Black Caddis and Stoneflies are starting somewhat-warmer weather will get these hatches fired up.  This week saw our first dry fly action of the year as many Brook trout were brought to hand off the surface.

Ragn Cajun

May 5th, 2013

An extreme amount of water in a short period of time, that’s what has transpired as of lately here across the U.P..  Quite possibly the highest water I have ever seen in rivers has been present as of lately due to a quick melt off of our heavy snow pack.  Large scale flooding has occurred in many areas which has caused some highways even to be closed due to concerns.  Nearly all rivers are running at a very high flow rate as of right now, although they now have been dropping for a few days now.   But even with decreased flows from peak runoff,  I would rate fishing nothing short of challenging.  There are plenty of Steelhead currently around, but current conditions are definitely in the Steelhead’s favor.  Regardless, the diligent angler who can present a fly properly in these conditions will be rewarded with some nice opportunities.