Pere Marquette River Fishing Report

Here's what's happening in Northern Michigan

July 15, 2024

NOT A LOT GOING ON

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PERE MARQUETTE RIVER FISHING REPORT:

I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the summer.  Trout fishing on the Pere Marquette River was good beginning of last week. However, by Thursday, we saw a good amount of rain.  The rain brought the river level up a bit and gave it a decent stain.  The trout, however, seemed like they were not looking up.  We fished Dries and Streamers for the majority of the week.  Small baitfish streamers worked well along with a few Hoppers and other Terrestrial patterns.  Not a lot of hatches happening right now on the river. I’m still seeing a few Stoneflies, ISO’s and BWO’s on the cooler cloudier days.  Trico’s have not really started yet and there are not a lot of Hoppers either.  Look for fishing to pick up again with a drop in water level.  Please keep an eye on those water temps! We had some warmer weather again this past weekend which will stay with us till Wednesday. Good Luck and tight lines.

PIC:  (Above) Todd is all smiles with this awesome PM Brown taken on a dry fly in between the rain
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FLY OF THE MONTH

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June’s fly of the month should be a staple in every Pere Marquette Anglers box.   That’s the Gray Drake, this Mayfly usually starts to show itself at the end of May through the month of June.  It’s kind of the big kickoff Mayfly before the Hex fly on the Pere Marquette River.   The Gray Drake is a finicky fly though, there spinner falls usually happen in the evening.  Sometimes you will get lucky and witness a few in the morning or on a rainy, humid day.  These bugs are not consistent though, when it comes to having that epic spinner fall before dark and hopes a good fish will feed on them.  Sometimes gets to cold, windy or rainy. Or in the case right now the river sees a lot of rain and higher water and the big trout feel up faster.  However, you’ll never know if you don’t go. That is what makes summertime trout fishing so fun.  The mystery of what could happen tonight.  So, we wash ourselves in bug spray, grab our Gink and headlamp and head to the river with hopes of finding the Gray Drakes on the water and fish getting absolutely dry fly drunk feeding on them.
Gray Drake
I like to tie or fish my spinner with some type of Para Post, something highly visible for myself or my clients.   However, my dry flies never come out looking as good as my friend Todd White’s. Todd is one of the best fly tyers I know and especially when it comes to tying dry flies.  Todd is also a commercial tyer so if you’re interested in purchasing some of his great flies you can hit him up on Instagram. He is a Michigan resident and an avid Angler who resides in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Todd W (@theyooperflylife) • Instagram photos and videos His flies fish great and look awesome !!!!!
Biot Gray Drake Spinner
Hook:  Standard dry fly (Daiichi 1180) size 10-12
Thread:  Lt. gray 8/0 of your choice
Tail:  Hareline grizzly mayfly tails, 2X shank length
Underbody: Lt. Gray dry fly dubbing
Body:  Magpie materials wild turkey biot, gray drake
Post:  McFlylon, white
Hackle:  Grizzly neck/saddle, sized up 2 sizes
Dubbing:  Lt. Gray dry fly dubbing
Todd says, “For imitating gray drake spinners, I like to focus on the two main characteristics of the real bugs when in hand:  1) the extra-long banded tails & 2) the striking barring of the spinners’ bodies.  Extra-long hackle to suggest the wings & a white post for visibility has always been a winner for me!”

JUNE FLY FISHING TIP

Trout Season is in full swing here in the Great State of Michigan.  As I sit here, reflecting on my many memories of chasing trout during “bug season,” I can’t help but think back on the many times my younger self would go out exploring and looking for new water and new adventures. My Fly Fishing Tip for June is just that – Get out and explore new water. To all of you Fly Anglers who love to fish the Pere Marquette River, Upper Manistee River and AuSable River, we sometimes get caught up in fishing only the water we know and we miss out on so much more. Our great State of Michigan has so many Trout rivers and streams it would take you a lifetime to fish them all.  When trout season opens in the spring, you can find so many small stream opportunities to explore.  Create your own adventure! Michigan has a lot to offer for a Fly Angler.  Whether you love to chase Browns, Rainbows and Brook trout, you can find them north of the bridge or below. There are still spots out there seeing little to no pressure with great hatches and beautiful fish to pursue. But don’t forget to bring the bug spray! Best of luck to you on your adventures this summer!  Tight Lines!

I am Jeff Hubbard. I grew up in West Michigan with a real love for the outdoors. After guiding in Alaska for a few years, I returned to my favorite rivers and streams, here in Michigan. Among these, the Pere Marquette River is my favorite by far. I have spent many years next to this great river in the town of Baldwin and have a great love for this great natural scenic river. I became a professional guide in 1998, and fishing still remains a real passion to me.

I’m a licensed USFS Special Use Permit holder and State of Michigan Permit holder.  This allows me to fish the whole water shed of the Pere Marquette River.  I am fully insured and CPR Certified. I run Full and Half Day Trips, Instructional, walk and wade, or float trips.

Always feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions or ideas!  Thank you for stopping by!