Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
The Manistee River Steelhead Report for the last week of November has the Manistee River fishing as it should for late fall. Water levels and temperatures are about normal for this time of year. North winds are starting to blow and getting weather forecasts with snow in it. Basically meaning this is steelhead weather. Seems each week we get a nice 50 degree day still, but have a feeling those days are numbered.
Water flows are currently at a good level, but a little rain and a few clouds would be great for keeping the fish from staying buried in the wood all day. The Big Manistee is running at 1900 cfs with water temps holding in the low 40’s now. The Manistee River had even flows for most of the week, with a 3 degree drop in temperature. This weeks forecast looks steelheadish for sure with snow and rain in the forecast mid week.
Fall Steelhead continues to be hard work. One day you find them deep and buried in the wood, and then on other days we have been finding them holding or moving in the shallower tail outs, honestly its been hard to find a consistent pattern. New fish again showed up but staying on top of them was hard, they have redistributed themselves throughout the system over the past week. Have been impressed how far fish are moving during the day in this water temp, you can be on fish one day and the next they are two boat launches up stream. But Fall Steelhead will do that, you can pretty much count on them to be migratory in nature. Curious fish that like to know what is around the next bend.
Still been throwing heavily weighted swinging flies and 15 feet of T-14 on a Skagit Intermediate Lines, to get the best results. Did have opportunities in the shallow runs, so have the T-12 packed and the light rod setup. Black based patterns made a big impression this past week, with UV Burnt Orange heads, but always like the Purple or Blue this time of year. Especially with more snow in the forecast . Want more ideas for tying swinging flies for steelhead make sure to pick up Kevin Feenstra’s New Book. Once I get my hands on it I’ll go into more depth, but I can promise you without actually seeing it that you will not be disappointed.
Booking a Guide Trip
If your looking to book a guide trip give us a call or shoot an email (231-631-5701) and email . Fall is one of our busiest times, we are booking Late November and Early December currently seeing some good reports about warmer than normal temps. Some of the best fishing of the year can be the next few weeks, as less anglers are around. Make sure to check back to this report and see how we are doing.