Here's a brief report from Merrill this past Saturday AM. Hit the lake at 8 AM, drift boat in tow... no electric motor so I planned on rowing my Dad around the lake. I've only fished Merrill once (this past Fall) and did pretty well on various buggers, leaches, and chironomids. Figured the same formula would work but was also hoping for an active hatch. Water was well up to the parking lot and the entire "ramp" portion was underwater. At the put in, the wind was minimal and there were a few chironomids coming off the surface. After dialing the boat in and launching, the hatch was ON. Bugs everywhere... we saw a few splashy rises near the ramp/shore and figured things would be great... Worked our way to the first spot trolling buggers/leaches we had nary a bump. Then came the wind. It was BRUTAL. We anchored up near shore fishing chironomids of all sizes, varieties and combos, and I also cast a sink tip shooting head line out prospecting with various buggers and leaches. Nada. After crossing the lake in the wind and not getting any love trolling over, we set up in a semi-sheltered cove with chironomid rigs. Still nothing and the rises weren't happening once the wind came up around 8:30. We fished until noon and then called it a day, tired of being blown around like a damn sail. Two other groups of anglers that we spoke with had also been skunked with no fish hooked. I didn't really anticipate the wind to be as bad as it was, nor did I do the math of a high-sided drift boat + wind... the answer to that equation is "not fun." Beautiful day irregardless and I'll be back for the hex hatch. I've got other lakes to explore in the meantime.