We have had a nice weather pattern change here recently and have been getting some form of rain most days lately. The ground had been so dry that the entire first week it rained daily the ground soaked all of it up. Fishing picked up from the previous week when we had record breaking heat and had not had any precipitation in around 3 weeks. The rivers are still low as of right now, but I'm hoping levels come up today for the next week or so. I anticipate that the fishing will be better this week than last if we can get some bump in water levels. The trout were eating better last week than they had been thanks to cool and overcast weather but you still had to work for them much of the time. Check out the YouTube on the water fishing report for more details. There is a link on the home page and in the videos page.
Now is the time to take advantage of the cooler water temps before summer really sets in. Most outings have encountered some real quality fish or three. I had a client cast to 3 very large browns we were able to sneak up on. Unfortunately the slightest mistake and those old 20+ in fish will go down in a heartbeat. Which is what they did. Both guide Andy and I have tangled with some big ones in the low water in the pst few days. I was on a low gradient section of a mid to small sized river and had a he brown charge out of the sticks he was hiding under and eat a nymph. a lightning quick run up the rifle and back down to his hiding spot under the sticks and I was broke off before I knew what had happened. Andy had the same story from a separate stream on the same day.
Fish have been somewhat picky on the fly selection so rotate through your confidence flies changing size, color and life stage until you find something they prefer. Occasionally it will be obvious, for instance when we fished a golden stone after seeing some shucks on the rocks recently, the fish were happy to take the fly. However, there are more times than not, when the obvious choice is not the best answer and you'll have to figure out the puzzle through trial and error.
Good luck on the water.
Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers