April is a time for changes in many of Michigan’s rivers as well. Heavy rains create swollen rivers that are forever changing. Gravels once again exposed and covered, holes cleaned and washed out of sand, and debris collected and deposited to its newest location. Rivers of every size can’t escape the power of a heavy flow. The steelhead use the higher water to finish up their business and make the journey back to the big lakes. With water temps steadily on the rise, the tools and techniques of a fly angler in Michigan also transform. Fish have to work harder and burn more calories with the increase of flows. As water temps warm, larger trout are willing to give chase for a big meal. A streamer stripped deep through a hole or run often will provide that much anticipated gold flash as a big brown takes a swing at your fly. Stripping streamers offer excellent opportunities for a trophy brown trout on a fly rod. Streamers are larger fly patterns meant to represent leeches, sculpins, or smaller fish such as salmon fry or even trout. Added with a sinking line, streamers of all sized can be worked through the water much like a spinner or rapala. By fast stripping and a little pop with the rod, you can entice any brown trout or steelhead to explode on your dancing streamer.