The Manistee River Fishing Report has us talking about Fall Steelhead as the next six weeks are our prime time for these amazing fish. With King Salmon spawning activity past its peak for this fall, the steelhead are setting up for the egg buffet. But as we saw this week, the big time egg bite is starting to fade. Fish are transitioning into classic fall lies, fish seem to be traveling less each day and sitting in feeding lies through out the river now.
Fall Steelhead so far have been above average in size, and really testing our skills when hooked up. Some truly amazing battles have occurred. Can’t wait to battle these beasts in the coming weeks with heavier tippets and with bigger flies. Wind blew almost all our leaves off the trees this week, with multiple days of 20+ winds.
Egg patterns work anytime steelhead are in the river. Just understanding color changes need to occur through out the season. We are into the peach phase, it’s basically not your brights oranges. Think pale or washed out and you will be in the right spectrum.
Swing and Streamers
Steelhead that we found were prime for streamer patterns either on the strip or on the swing this week. As the fast gravel runs didn’t have as many fish this past week. With more fish setting up in the slower runs. Early season colors that work well, are usually pretty bright. Copper flash mixed with orange heads, pink or chartreuse heads do really well. With temps perfect for streamers, now is the time to get out the sink tips. If you get a bright sunny day on your trip, make sure to tie up a few sculpins, you can never go wrong with this goby / sculpin pattern .
Northern Michigan Fishing
We will continue to update the Manistee River Fishing Report on a weekly basis over the next few months. If you want to get out fall steelheading give us a call at 231-228-7135 for availability and to lock up your dates. We are also booking Atlantic Salmon trips on the AuSable River.
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