Pere Marquette River Report

July 11th, 2019

It’s been an exhausting 10 days but it’s been a lot of fun as well. Things are still going around the clock. During the day, one can nymph fish the pockets with any form of nymphing, though that Euro game really seems to vacuum them up! Tiny beadheaded stones, pheasant tails and hare’s ears are all working.

Andy with a dandy nymphing the pockets during the day!

The attractor dry fishing with foam bugs with plenty of rubber legs and thick deer hair or poly wings has been good in the afternoons and evenings. The higher the sun, the closer to the logs and undercuts you want that fly. Little twitches on the fly from mending or rod tip manipulations can trigger some explosive strikes! Don’t skimp on leader or tippet when throwing junk. 4 and 5x is too thin to roll over bigger/bulkier attractor patterns and will twist tippet into a pig tail.

Shop alumni Joe with a second chance rainbow on a dry!

There are still some hex flying downstream after dark but many of the fish (and anglers) are over it. For the few that like the challenge of late season hex fishing, there are still a few nice fish to be had. Smaller flies, lighter tippets, good presentations, boat positioning, proper mending, all the little elements to hooking a big trout on a dry fly after dark need to fall into place in order to land the larger, wiser trout.

Mousing has been consistently moving fish. The moon is about half full currently and waxing. Play the shadows, mix it up between waking and pushing flies, fish different spots, and just changing the overall approach if it’s not producing.¬†

And on the brutally hot days, the smallmouth fishing has been heating up! The surface bite is coming more into play. Mornings and evenings have been best but you can move some fish during the day by fishing closer to the wood. Poppers, wiggle minnows, divers, game changers, and deceivers will cover the majority of the water column and appeal to different types of anglers depending on their preference. I personally can’t get enough of seeing big smallmouth take a surface bug. From the underwater explosion to the trout-like sip, it’s awesome to watch these fish take down a popper in calm water. When water temps are around 70 degrees on local trout waters, smallmouth fishing is a great alternative as they can handle the warmer temps far better than trout. Give these guys a shot if you haven’t already and you’ll soon see why they are gaining so much popularity among fly anglers!

I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer so far, especially now that we’ve seen more summer-like weather! Call the shop to book a room, a guide or if you have any questions on river conditions. The Dylan’s are both working hard make some changes to the shop so stop in and check out what they’ve been adding to the racks. Be safe coming up and I’ll see you on the river!

Kyle Hartman – Guide

Pere Marquette River Lodge

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  • Flow
    651 CFS @ Scottville
  • Visibility
  • Water Temperature
    61-66 degrees
  • Best time of day to fish
    Evening and after dark
  • Indicator
    Thingamabobber or small Thill
  • Recommended Leader
    7.5' 0x Superstrong for mice or hex, 9' 2x Superstrong for attractor dries, 9' 3x Mirage for nymphing
  • Recommended Tippet
    2-3x mono for attractor dries, 3-4x fluoro for nymphs, rope for mice and hex
  • Best Rod Outfit
    9' 6-7wt for streamers and 9'6" 4-5wt for dries/nymphing
  • Best Techniques
    Your favorite
  • Comments
  • 6 day outlook
    Grand Rapids
    Weather from OpenWeatherMap
  • Our thoughts on the outlook