Blue Stream Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing Report for:

Jordan River - East Jordan - Michigan

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

Directions To Location

Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
February Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
March Blue Winged Olives Late Afternoon 18-20 Comparadun BWO, RS2
April Blue Winged Olives, Caddis Late Afternoon-Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Comparadun BWO, RS2
May Blue Winged Olives, Caddis, Sulphurs Afternoon-Evening 14-18 Elk Hair Caddis, Comparadun BWO, RS2, Sulphur Dun
June Sulphurs, Golden Stones Afternoon-Evening 12-16 Sulphur Dun, Golden Stonefly
July Golden Stones, Tricos Morning-Evening 20-24, 10-14 Trico Dun, Golden Stonefly
August Tricos, Terrestrials Morning-Early Afternoon 20-24, 12-16 Trico Dun, Ant Patterns, Hopper Patterns
September Tricos, Terrestrials Morning-Early Afternoon 20-24, 12-16 Trico Dun, Ant Patterns, Hopper Patterns
October Blue Winged Olives Afternoon 18-22 Comparadun BWO, RS2
November Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat
December Midges Afternoon 20-22 Zebra Midge, Griffith's Gnat

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

If you’re a fishing enthusiast, the Jordan River, East Jordan is your paradise. Among the top places for fly fishing in this pristine river are:

  • East Jordan River Park: With an easy-to-reach location, it’s a favorite for locals and tourists. The slow-moving waters here are an ideal playing field for beginners and experienced anglers.
  • Port of East Jordan: An idyllic spot with a marina and a dedicated boat launch area. Abundant in brown trout, steelhead, and salmon, this spot offers a unique fishing experience.
  • Jordan River Fish Hatchery: This area is prolific in trout – the water from the hatchery keeps this section plum full year-round. But please note, special regulations apply here.
  • Webster Bridge: A renowned spot frequented by seasoned anglers, it’s known for massive trout aplenty. The terrain is more difficult, offering a challenge both in catches and accessibility.

Remember to follow all the regulations and catch limits to ensure that these remarkable fishing sites remain for future generations as well.

Best Access Points

The East Jordan section of the Jordan River is a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts. The top-notch access points for fly fishing include:

  • Cameron Bridge Access: This location provides plenty of wading opportunities and its gravel bottom makes it ideal for sight-casting.
  • Jordan River Pathway: Noted for its dense trout population, it includes a two-mile stretch perfect for fly fishing and experiencing the quiet wilderness.
  • East Jordan City Park: It offers easy river access coupled with picnicking facilities. Ideal for family outings with wonderful fishing spots.
  • Webster Bridge State Forest Campground: Delivers a mix of camping and fly fishing opportunities. It offers perfect spots for evening hatches and terrestrials.
  • Sportsman’s Park: Great for walk-and-wade fishing. The river here is wide, but the wading is fairly easy and the trout are plentiful.

Local Fish

  • Mackinaw Trout: Known for its hard-fighting abilities, the Mackinaw trout is one of the primary species fly fishers seek.
  • Rainbow Trout: A diverse species, Rainbow trout are common throughout the Jordan River and valued for their colorful beauty.
  • Brook Trout: A native of Michigan, Brook Trout are smaller but treasured amongst fly fishing enthusiasts.
  • Brown Trout: Brown trout in the Jordan River can grow large with specimens able to reach lengths of 20 inches or more.
  • Northern Pike: Fly fishing for Northern Pike provides a thrilling experience due to its fierce strikes and runs.
  • Walleye: The Jordan River provides excellent fly fishing conditions for catching Walleye, renowned for its excellent play and a good table fare.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth bass provide excellent sport for fly fishers with their strong fights and acrobatic jumps.
  • Bluegill: A popular fish for beginners to target, Bluegill are abundant in the Jordan River and provide an exciting fly-fishing experience.

About The River

The Jordan River, a significant symbol in multiple religious faiths, has been adored and respected for centuries. Originating from the merging of three headstreams, it flows southward through the famous Sea of Galilee and plummets into the Dead Sea.

Notable for its role in several biblical narratives, its fame was further enhanced when John the Baptist baptized Jesus Christ in its waters. It was also believed to be the river that the Israelites crossed to reach the Promised Land.

Today, it still serves as an important water source but sadly, its brilliance has been dulled. Over-extraction of water, pollution and political conflict have put the river at risk. Despite these threats, it remains a site of religious pilgrimage and holds immense ecological importance.

The river, flowing through the

  • East Jordan
continues to inspire and enthrall people, testament to its enduring and transcendent beauty.


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