Fishing Report for the Manistee River below Tippy Dam from a conditions standpoint is about as good as it can get for Winter steelhead fishing. Water has a perfect color and levels are in check. Manistee River is a true winter wonderland currently with over 6-8″ of fresh snow in the last 24 hours
Steelhead have defiantly made the transition into winter lies. Slow and deep presentations have been the best. With water temps in the 30’s and falling. Indy fishing or some sort of 90 degree nymphing rigs near wood jams has been the best for success. Cover your water and look for that really slow current speeds, to lead you to the best chance for success.
Eggs continue to be the good choice, with bright colors such as pink and chartreuse getting their attention. But with fish moving into winter spots adding movement to your nymphs can be good. Rabbit strip hex/stone, and any other movement type pattern. It’s not really about matching the hatch, it’s more about grabbing their attention. Steelhead are curious creatures, draw them towards your offering with little movement or wiggle.
As we move into winter steelhead season, we offer 1/2 day or full day trips. Contact us via the website or call Cherie 231-228-7135
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