Hard to believe it’s already the middle of July. While the occasional hex or two makes an appearance in certain stretches of the river, we are now concentrating our efforts on other hatches and methods. I often refer to this time of year as the 2nd half of the season. While the major hatches and big bugs are about done, there are plenty of opportunities available.
If you’re still caught up in the night game, mousing has been bringing some good fish to the surface. Swinging a big deer hair mouse or slow stripping a gurggler across the current will often bring about some violent strikes.
If the night game isn’t for you, turn your efforts towards terrestrials. Hoppers, stones and other attractors fished close to logs are turning some very good fish as Paul found out in the photo above.
For you early risers, the Trico hatch is in full swing here on the North Branch. While this hatch isn’t typically known for bringing big fish to the surface, it often sends the brookies in to a feeding frenzy. In addition to the Tricos, BWOs, Patriots, and other attractors are always a good option.
The Bass fishing on the Au Sable is also taking off. The bass fishing is always a good option when the streams become to hot for the trout. Streamers such as Circus Peanuts and Clousers work well during the afternoon. As evening approaches, throwing a small gurggler or popper will bring fish to the surface. Topwater bass on the Au Sable is a blast! With all the opportunities available, July and August are a great time to be on the river!
Chris Lessway (Head Guide)
Ask any angler who has been out for the Hex hatch this season and you are likely to hear a variety of reports. We had a rollercoaster of weather patterns this past June. Some cold nights with temps dropping into the 40s, as well as our fair share of storms made for some inconsistent hatches. This past week brought some warmer temps and got things going again. We are still seeing good numbers of bugs and finding some good fish feeding. The Hex are still rolling for those who wish to still purse them.
If you’ve had your fill of the Hex, there are plenty of other options. Isos, Cahills, stones and Olives are bringing some good fish to the surface.
The daytime fishing has been great. Attractor patterns, such as Patriots and Missing Links have been holding their own. For those early risers, we are also starting to see a few Tricos here on the North Branch. For those wishing to hit the evening hatch , tiny BWOs are bringing plenty of trout to the surface.
The water this season so far has been higher and a little cooler than average. The good news is the trout are loving it! If you are looking to hit the river this summer, don't hesitate to give us a shout!
Hope to see you on the river!
Chris Lessway (Head guide)