Manistee River Trout Fishing Report
July 16th, 2019
Manistee River Trout fishing report for July is Hex got off to a slow start, but they are now coming to an end. We will still have a few hex off and on for a couple more nights, but the majority of the bugs have gone through their reproductive cycle. Now the hex spinner falls will become shorter and more inconsistent as the bugs fade away for 2019. It was an off Hex year.
Day Time Dry Flies
With the Hex Hatch coming to a close the terrestrial fishing should start to take off as food resources become more scarce this week. The Iso fishing was still very good late last week with the cool down, but this weeks forecast looks to be very warm and the remaining hatches will be pushed back towards dusk and early in the morning. Foam and rubber leg flies have been gaining some momentum this week and this should be the trend for the rest of July. Look for the remaining Hex spinners, Isonychia, Cahill’s, Summer Olives, and Trico’s to round out the primary hatches this week. The Summer Olives have been getting a lot of attention lately so make sure to carry Adams in size 16-10 right now to cover all of your bases.
With summer weather in the forecast terrestrial fishing will really start to take off. We just recently uploaded a great pattern called the Hippie Stomper to our YouTube Channel, follow the link below.
The PM and Pine are getting into great mid-season shape so we will start to incorporate these two rivers into our programs again. With the warmer weather this week the pine will be a great option as it has some of the coldest water in our region. Keep an eye on the water temps this week as a lot of sections are going to get pretty warm by the end of the week. The overnight lows are going to stay in the mid to upper 60’s all week, so the water is going to be warming all week without much reprieve at night. Water temps could get potentially too warm to safely fish for trout this week.
Streamer and Mice
The Streamer fishing didn’t offer any opportunities this week as water levels have hit the lowest flows this season, but with several nights of poor hex activity this past week, the mousing box did get put into the boat bag. The moon is on the bright side right now, but we will be out there soon as it fades back to black again. If your looking to mouse fish this summer call now as Ed only has a couple of nights open.
Booking a Guide Trip
Give Cherie a call 231-228-7135 for booking information on Guide Trips and to get a hopper / mousing trip in the books for this summer. We will also be guiding on the Pine River and Pere Marquette as both are great hopper rivers. Also follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for additional photo’s, videos, and links to more fishing related articles.