Saturday, May 17, 2014

Monday Morning Coffee- May 19

Urrrrgggghhh! Yawn, stretch, scratch, repeat. It's Monday again. It must be time for coffee.

This is going to be a fishing report and forecast, so here goes.

This last weeks saw a return to chilly and unsettled weather, with rain all week and snow on Friday. That's right- snow. Not a lot, and it didn't stick around of course, but enough to be very irritating. Fishing was tough, but if you played your cards right you likely found some Hendricksons and maybe even a rising fish or two. Fish are starting to look up on the Central rivers- the Au Sable, Manistee and Pere Marquette, but not further north where I live.

This coming week looks to be a return to normal temps and steadier weather and should make for some stellar fishing. A lot of the hatches are weeks behind and all it will take is some warm days to start a feeding frenzy. Look for high water from the weeks of continuous rain.

With the late cool spring there are still steelhead throughout Michigan rivers- I see new photos daily in my social media. Some runs further north haven't even begun yet. This means the fishing is wide open. You can fish for steelhead, throw streamers for big browns, fish the Hendrickson hatch also for big browns, or target brook trout. Guys on the lakes are doing well on smallmouth now and this is the hot time for muskie and pike as well. It's a great time of year to be a fly angler in Michigan.

If you're coming up for the Memorial Day weekend definitely bring your rod and schedule some time on a lake or river. With forecast temps in the 70's the fishing should be off the charts.

The mushrooms are popping everywhere now and so that will occupy some of my attention this week as well. Go get you some. 

Well, that's all I have this week and the coffee is done. Have a great week. Let's get after it. 

1 comment:

  1. Nice report and photo at the end of the post. I was up with my chapter of TU (Clinton Valley TU) this past weekend on the Au Sable. With about 40-ish guys (and a few gals) up there, I think the grand total of fish landed was at 4.

    I can confirm hendricksons were coming off in a few places (Au Sable and Manistee Rivers), but fish were far from interested (with water temps in the mid to upper 40's).

    Don't know when I'll be up next, but have fun out there, especially with the later than normal steelhead run.