River Reports

April 12

I am happy to announce the coming of several new products in Boyne Outfitters for 2014!  We are happy to welcome Temple Fork Outfitters - the new gear should arrive in time for opener!  As well as new flies from local tiers, especially our local tying guru, Ray.  We all use Ray's Hex flies during the Hex hatch...you should too!  We have several other patterns available from him as well.

The time has finally come!  Winter fish are starting to gear up for the spawn and new chrome is moving in out of the lakes.  Downstate is hot and we are soon to follow!

The Boyne River offers one of the better opportunities this time of year with the relatively easy wading even if the water is high.  Plus, fish typically enter this system earlier than others.  The Cheboygan is starting to pick up, and fish are stacked up below the Bear as well.  The Sturgeon is holding fish, but the high water makes for difficult and dangerous wading - wait till it drops a little to put the lay down on some Burt Lake steel.  The Jordan is in it's typical slow start phase, with a few skippers here and there, but it shouldn't be long before we start seeing the larger fish moving up to the gravel.

Warm weather later next week should get things going, but things look like they are going to be slow and steady for a little while yet.

Streamer fishing is starting to pick up as well.  If you have trouble finding fresh steel, swing or strip streamers for browns that are hungry after a long winter.  Be on your game, you never know when that big guy is comin' out of the wood to crush your fly.

Opener is right around the corner!  Stop on in to stock up before you head out on your favorite water!  Looking forward to a great season!

~E

Boyne River

Flow: Elevated
Water Condition/Visibility: Stained
Emergences in Order of Importance:
Guides Choice Flies: Eggs; Nymphs; Streamers
Fish Species: Steelhead; Trout
Recommended Techniques: Chuck & Duck; Indicator; Streamers

Jordan River

Flow: 257cfs
Water Condition/Visibility: Stained
Emergences in Order of Importance:
Guides Choice Flies: Streamers; Eggs; Nymphs
Fish Species: Trout; Steelhead
Recommended Techniques: Indicator; Streamer

Sturgeon River

Flow: 441 cfs
Water Condition/Visibility: High & Dirty
Emergences in Order of Importance:
Guides Choice Flies: Streamers; Eggs; Nymphs
Fish Species: Trout; Steelhead
Recommended Techniques: Streamers; Indicator