For the past couple of years I’ve been monitoring the formation of a couple of beaver ponds in an area I frequently chase grouse. The beavers have been active there for a few years and the ponds are only, say, 2-4 years old. The dams are near the headwaters of an unmentionable here in the north central UP and the river flows down to Lake Michigan. I haven’t chased trout in many, many years (since college), but now that I’m retired, I’d like to take up the challenge to get me back in to the “way-back” during seasons between morel hunting and grouse/woodcock season. I’m set up with an ultra-light spinning rod/real, a bunch of spinners (panther martins, meps, blue fox, and a few rooster tails. Any other suggestions on what to throw out there? More importantly, though, I have a couple of youngsters (ages 10 and 12) coming up for a week or so in mid-June and they’ve expressed an interest in brook trout, too. I’m thinking I’ll set them up with hooks and crawlers given the amount of debris in the ponds, in hopes of cutting down on snags/lost gear, and hopefully provide more fun for them. Does that sound reasonable? The ponds have some pretty good access points – meaning places where the tag alders lighten up some and provide some room to get the offerings out there. I’d sure appreciate any advice regarding tactics, baits, and maybe how best to approach the ponds for the best chance of success for the boys. Thanks in advance for anything you have to offer. Oh yeah, I’m all set up with themacells and deet – I live in the UP, afterall.