The Manistee River below Tippy Dam is moving into full summer mode. Recently we have been catching brown and rainbow trout with dry flies (small caddis), small 1 1/2 inch long streamers and swinging wet flies. The DNR stocks a large number of brown trout and steelhead at the Tippy Dam in late April. That makes that section of river great for beginners, everybody catches fish! Aaron, pictured below experienced his first day fly fishing. The experience included the nice smallmouth he is holding.
Later in the day yesterday, after the sun got high, we went looking for smallmouth bass. We found them! After running through 3 or 4 patterns it became obvious that the bass were on a crayfish bite, the Lapdancer streamer was the ticket. Look for wood structure and keep casting, you’ll find sallies.
This was a typical day in June, July and early August. The water below Tippy dam offers a wide variety of species and opportunities in summer. In addition to the trout and smallmouth, we caught rock bass and had a largemouth give us chase. Pike can also be caught below Tippy Dam if you know where to look.
As summer progresses the king salmon will begin to show, it’s never too early to book your Salmon Trip. We have open Sept and Oct dates available.