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Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Fishing Report

Pere Marquette Steelhead Fishing

Pere Marquette Fishing Report
Pere Marquette Spring Steelhead

The Pere Marquette fishing report for the week of March 22nd, has us into Spring officially. As the season is moving along, so is our view of the world. Some interesting times, to say the least. At Mangled Fly we are going to try to update the reports on a more frequent bases than our once a week norm, to give anglers staying at home something to take their minds off of “the world” for a few minutes and think about the rivers and fish we enjoy to fish and chase. First and foremost be safe out there! Second, as we have some extra time on our hands, if you want to see anything different (videos, articles, blogs) drop us a line. Over the next few weeks, with cancellations happening we hope to get some new media and content published. We are looking for ideas.

Fishing Report

The fishing report for the Pere Marquette river is first of all its in great shape! The water level is slightly up and the color is perfect! This week it was on the drop, but after rain and more snow melting the Pere Marquette jumped back up. Online water data for depth and temp that we use can be found in the link.

Steelhead have really hit the gravel areas hard, as spawning is occurring in all the known sections. Not many new chrome fish, but plenty of holdover winter fish. Did hit a bright chrome fish yesterday (Saturday) in a mid river moving slot that lite us up pretty good. Early morning before the sun gets to high been hitting moving spots with really bright egg patterns, on the first cast this bright hen hit like a fall run chrome torpedo. We didn’t land that one.

With plenty of spawning going on already, we did hit our first drop back as well this week, in a classic drop back spot. Always fun to fish for drop backs, as these fish love a variety of tactics and especially minnow patterns. Dead drifting fry patterns (bigger than normal as dropbacks are not picky) can lead to success. This fly was more tied euro jig or jig style. On the new Firehole 523 size #6  that I picked up. Using a 7/32 5.5 Tungsten Bead (white) and tying up a simple fry pattern with grizzly marabou and an ice dub hot spot. One of the flies that I hope to get filmed, as more jig style hooks are coming out. The Firehole has been really nice, barbless but nice and strong. The 5.5 bead is heavy, really heavy so fishes well in fast deep water. Perfect for under a float in spring water types.

Coronavirus Pandemic

With the global outbreak of the coronavirus everyone has concerns and no one wants to be deliberately exposed to this virus. With that being said we are continuing to run our business based on a daily assessment of the outbreak. If things begin to get out of hand and you have dates booked with us we will be in touch with you personally on how to proceed. If you have travelled to or from any hot spots and are waiting on a test result, please let us know ahead of time and please refrain from traveling here until you get your test results confirmed. If you are feeling sick or “off” and/or have some genuine concerns regarding your upcoming trips please feel free to reach out to us and we can discuss other options. Now with that being said we want everyone to be safe, be healthy, and to make smart decisions based on your own health and for the greater community. Please continue to stay safe out there.

Booking Spring Steelhead & Trout Trips

Drop us an email if your thinking about fishing this Spring or early Summer post virus season, or use the Contact Page to request a day. Also feel free to text us at 231-631-5701 for open availability. Spring Steelhead should peak here soon, but still have openings and with streamer success on Upper Manistee already we will be breaking out the streamer rods on the PM too.

Jon Ray

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Big Brown on the Muskegon – Pic of the Day

Most years Kevin Feenstra will post some sort of Monster Lake-Run Brown he has guided too and this year is no different great job Kevin. Awesome fish.  Make sure to follow Kevin on Instagram for more amazing images.  Also click the link to see both images of this enormous Lake-Run Brown Trout.

 

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An amazing bonus fish today that made tough fishing seem not so bad…congrats Mark! #puremichigan #browntrout #ontheswing

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Pic of the Day – Underwater Mouse Eater

Photo by Ed McCoy of a Michigan Brown Trout snacking on one of his new mouse patterns.  Thanks for sharing the pic Ed.  Nice work.

 

Mangled Fly Camo Hat

Big Brown Pic of the Day

Kean fishing in Chile this week just sent us this picture of an impressive 23″ brown trout.  Kean continues to believe in the luck of the Mangled Fly Camo hat. (now in two shade of camo)  Nice fish Kean and glad the camo hat gives you a little extra confidence .

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Brown Trout Pics

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Brown Trout – Pic of the Day

I enjoy the challenge of big brown trout during the day of the summer months.  This nice brown trout starts off my July just right.

During the day

Not all cool things happen during the night in June.  Day time glory caught on film.  Have more filming of what happened here.  This is only a screen shot.  But some really cool daytime things are happening that we are going to expand upon.

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Protect your flying Trout

Why do they wiggle, why do the squirm, why can’t they just sit still for a quick pic.  It happens more than I want to admit, the jumping out of the hands brown trout during the photo session.  A way that I protect the trout, is to have the net underneath the trout during the photo session.  As you can notice here the trout is flying and it was saved by the net waiting underneath.  We all want photo’s of the nice ones we catch, now we need to protect them when we do bring out the camera.  Use this little net trick if your stuck in the boat taking photo’s.

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Brown Trout Feeding Video

Here is a little lesson for you to learn.  You know those patterns that you fished last year that you put back in your box.  Make sure to check the hook closely.  As this trout taught us, after we hooked him, he made quick work of us and lost him,  because the hook did not make it.  This guide standby pattern had rusted out through the winter and was too weak to land a nice trout eating sulphurs.

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