Here we are in Mid August, approaching the cool mornings of September and all the great fishing that comes with it. Summer fishing has remained strong. It’s not uncommon to have good fishing into Mid or Late July then it seem to really die off until late August or early September. Make no mistake about it, it’s due to fishing pressure. After all the guide boats and independently owned drift boats float the same sections of river, the fishing dies until the traffic dies. Welcome to the new normal. One of the best ways to combat this is to find the small streams that drift boats can’t float. You will notice the difference in the fishing just by avoiding the main beats. That has been the key for me to stay on good fishing for my clients through the summer.

Stu with a good one that fell to a Chubby Chernobyl

Sean with a respectable daytime fish

Look for the trout fishing to really pick up in late August and it will continue to be good until it’s too cold to fish. My favorite time of year to streamer fish is September until mid October which is typically when the browns start spawning. You move more fish and have potential at big fish also. It’s not uncommon to see 50 to 75 fish come to the fly in a day before the water temps start to dip in mid to late October. Peak streamer fishing is typically when water temps are in the 50’s and the temp drops into the 40’s less fish are active but big one will still come out and play. September through mid October is probably the best time of the year to get someone started in streamer fishing. The action can be fast which gives clients time to practice hook sets and get accustom to seeing fish follow and practice teasing fish into eating. That will pay dividends when a big fish shows up down the road. Between the Boardman River, Manistee River and the Au Sable River there is usually a place to find active fish.