My family and I spent several days in Grayling, MI, and I was able to get on the river and even hook into some fish.
The first day had what I would consider normal fishing for this time of year. I was on the north branch of the river, and was expecting to get into some brook trout, and I did. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera this day and don’t have any pictures, but it was still fun to get into a handful of fish.
The next day was oddly slow. There were barely any bugs on the water, and streamers weren’t working. I did catch one really nice brookie on a beadhead streamer, but it was the only fish I saw all day.
That afternoon, I took my daughter fishing for the first time. I took her to an access point that is busy, but has a good chance of catching a fish, and is very shallow. She seemed to have a lot of fun.
The next day I stopped at Gates Lodge to pick up some flies and a streamers I was lacking…
I took the opportunity to head off to some waters I’ve never been to before. I was actually trying to do some creek fishing, but the creek I was targeting was barely a trickle upon my arrival. We decided to head to the main branch, and my father-in-law had landed a nice fish on second cast. It would be the only fish of the day, but I was glad to visit some new areas.
That night a front rolled in, and I woke up to hear a downpour outside. The rain continued off and on, and I hit the stream mid-morning. After only a few minutes I hooked into this nice brown on a black bugger:
Here’s a different angle of the same fish to see the length against my fly rod:
We had a few more fish on, and a few more bites, as we waded downstream for the last time of our trip. The fishing was definitely slow, but it was still an amazing time.