Michigan trout fishing
Trout fishing in Michigan is some of the best fly fishing between the Rockies and the Catskills, especially in the north. We have abundant hatches starting with Little Stoneflies in April to the BWO and Ephron hatches of late summer and early fall. Trout fishing in Michigan is prime in May and June. Dry Fly Fishing really kicks off with the start of Hendricksons, then Black Caddis, Sulphurs, Mahoganies, Brown and Grey Drakes, fantastic Isonychias and the mighty Hex hatch all attract trout to the surface making them vulnerable to fly fishing anglers. The Boardman, Manistee, AuSable and Pere Marquette are all high quality mayfly habitats and provide quality hatches at times.
Most of our waters, but not all are less than 150 feet wide making them ideal for fly fishing. Trout fishing in Michigan is more about presentation then distance. Accurate casts with good presentations are the key to rising fish.
When the hatches diminish the terrestrials kick in. Big trout smashing hoppers, or beautiful brook trout sipping ants is what keeps our summer fly fishing fun. Shorts, sunblock and lots of action, great way to spend a summer day fly fishing.
Northern Michigan, deservedly so, has a long tradition of streamer fly fishing. We have some very big resident trout (up to 30 inches) in our waters. Many of those really big trout are taken on streamers. A 7-weight rod loaded with a sink tip can be deadly at times. We do a lot of it. Two of our guides, Russ Maddin and Chuck Hawkins both have many of their streamer fly patterns available from Orvis and others. Patterns that include Mad Pup, Nutcracker, and Triple Double. If you haven’t fly cast a sink tip for trout don’t let it intimidate you, we can teach you in no time. Watching large fish track down a stripped fly will get anyone’s heart pumping.
Another method that we employ in trout fly fishing in Michigan is nighttime mousing. This is throwing fur balls, waking them through the water to entice hungry foraging brown trout. If you don’t mind fly fishing in the dark, this is wild. You never know how big a fish is going to cream your fly!
Hawkins Outfitters is fully permitted by the State and Federal governments to fly fish all of the best trout water in Northern Michigan. From the cold fast Pine River to the slow insect rich Upper Manistee, we fish them all.
Trout fly fishing in Michigan is a year round possibility. Dries, streamers, soft hackles and nymphs all have their times and places.