The West Branch of the Ausable spiked at 7,200cfs last night and has been steadily dropping. By weekend, I imagine levels will be better to fish…true of all local rivers…cloudy water will lead to clearer fishing conditions. Nymphing and streamer fishing will continue to be a go-to, Mid-day water temps around 55+ degrees will allow for some fish to show themselves on top as well, once water levels drop and you can get to them!
Try dark (brown/black) and yellow rubber leg stonefly patterns (8-12) in pocket water or BH soft hackles on a swing…both have proven to work on some fish in the middle of the water column. Large Streamers (2-6) like Wooly Buggers, Circus Peanuts, WMD’s and Marabou Muddlers will draw fish out to chase and strike. Work these on feeding lanes and through deep holes, 12-18” deep, on the move. On top, BWO’s, Assorted Caddis and Stoneflies will be out…Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Adams Parachutes and BWO Parachutes from 14—18 will draw strikes.
Don’t forget our warmwater friends Bass and Pike! Fishing well on poppers and streamers…
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FREE Fly Casting Lessons for all abilities start on Wednesdays in July…stay posted for time and location.