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)