Fishing right now is good. The past week saw a lot of fish in the net for myself and client. As you can see above we also tangled with some beastly trout, this wild brown trout measured 23.5" and took a small rusty wooly bugger out of a deep rip rap bend.
Water temps range from the upper 50's to mid 60's which is really prime in terms of fish activity. Fish are taking nymphs dead drifted and on the swing as well as chasing streamers and eating dries. I have found that faster water, riffles and pocket water has a lot of active fish, but slower pools and runs have been slower. I found fish keying into specific nymphs one day, and then taking almost anything the next with no apparent changes in weather or flows. The key is to keep working until you figure it out, or if you're lucky it will be pretty easy.
We really need some rain to shake things up and bring up river levels. Smaller streams are clear and spooky. We also have to think about water temps on the big rivers as we have some 80's and warm nights that may not cool rivers much.
Remember to have a stream thermometer and please don't trout fish in water 70 degrees or higher.
Hatches are the same as my previous report except March Browns, Golden Stones, and reports of sulphurs are joining the party.
I am fishing in the US National Fly Fishing Championship's June 2-4 in Lake Placid, NY. I am getting in a bit over my head competing against the best tournament fly fishermen in the country, but I am sure to learn a lot and be a better angler for it. Ill still have a guide available those days is you want to get out fishing.
Ben Wilcox Owner/Guide Maple Country Anglers