Upper Manistee Trout Fishing Report

Upper Manistee River Trout Fishing

Upper Manistee River Trout Fishing
Trout Fishing on the Upper Manistee River

Manistee River Trout Report

This post will be our dedicated report page for the Upper Manistee River Trout Fishing. While this being our first entry and it’s middle of December it will probably be a few months until we can update this post again. But I would suggest adding it to your favorites because during the 2020 trout season and beyond this will be getting updated frequently . Also make sure to check out out Steelhead Report page for the Manistee River.

Winter Trout Fishing

Trout fishing on the Upper Manistee this past week, Dec 9th, 2019 we had water temperatures just around 37 degrees. We found streamers with a small amount of weight in them fished better than push flies or deer hair patterns. You need to get down and stay down with your presentation during the winter trout season. As is normally the case the Russ Maddin Circus Peanut was a first choice out of the box once we saw that fish were not going to climb in the water column. Even though the water had a perfect color to it and was slightly above average flow, fish were not in the kill spots. Structure was key, broken timber in 3-5 foot of water. We never had a fish come out of the DEEP stuff during the day. The half dozen brown trout that came to the fly all in the 15-18″ range, all came towards the fly with the intent to kill and pack on some calories before winter really sets in.

Guide Trips

If your looking to book a guide trip for the upcoming 2020 trout season make sure to get ahold of us soon. As prime trout dates fill up fast. If your also thinking about giving your loved one a guide trip for Christmas, we set up a online E Gift Card site, these are printable and show up in your loved ones email account. Any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call. Make sure to check back next week as new Mangled Fly merchandise will be coming out.

Happy Holidays

Jon Ray

Manistee River Steelhead Report

Manistee River Steelhead Report

Manistee River Below Tippy Dam

Latest update for the 2019 Fall Steelhead run on the Manistee River below Tippy Dam for early December . Water levels on the Manistee River jumped this week to 2700CFS and currently this morning are running at 2610 CFS. After last nights couple inches of snow, we are back into a winter steelhead program again. Fishing the last week wasn’t easy as water reshuffled the deck. But we did find a few new steelhead pushing into the system and trout fishing was pretty consistent near Tippy Dam as well.

Winter Steelhead Fishing

It’s winter time. Winter steelhead fishing has it’s pro’s and con’s. But the fact remains it’s one of my favorite times of year. Boat ramps are almost empty and their are plenty of steelhead in the river. It’s all about reading water speed and finding those easy current seams. No different if you fish high or low in the system is all about speed, not as much depth. Especially with rising water. Then I really like to hunt shallow runs. As steelhead that are sitting shallow are usually really aggressive.

Winter Steelhead Fishing should remain strong this year, with a good population around. Small streamers and Indicator fishing will be the main focus through out the next few weeks and later into December. Water has a good stain to it currently so bright patterns have been best. With Chartreuse leading the charge. This week the streamer bite was slow, but with cold high water that can be the case. Hope to get out a few days this week personally and see if I can dial it in a little better.

Steelhead Guide Trips

Steelhead Guide Trips are available all winter and it’s really not to early to start thinking about booking for next year. December, January, and February we will be offering 1/2 day trips for $325. Feel free to send me an email using the contact page , Call 231-631-5701 or get ahold of me via DM at Instagram or Facebook as well. Thanks for checking out the site few items remain on the Sales page if your looking for some Mangled Fly Swag added the Muskie T to the Sale items this week. Been trying to add a few images social as well, so follow along. Short clip and videos are in our Stories section of the day’s events as well.

Jon Ray