Steelhead fishing Below Tippy Dam
The Manistee River fishing report below Tippy Dam for the last part of February. Just like last week weather gave us our typical roller coaster spring weather. One day bright blue bird sunshine and pleasant and the next day cold and windy. But what are you going to do. Fishing this week was up and down as well again. You really had to grind it out, but then on the next cast you would find something special.
Have you seen the next 15 day forecast? Might want to get your spring date now! Give us a call 231-631-5701 leave a voicemail or drop us a text message and we will get right back with you.
Currently the Manistee Water Water Levels are holding near 1500 CFS . They have been their most of the week. Manistee River looks good, for spring I would call it clear for the most part with a little green. Lower end has slight more stain to her, coming in from a few of the tributaries. Manistee River continues to run in the mid to upper 30’s. With the warm weather in the next 15 that river temp is going to climb fast. With hardly any snow pack left.
This week all adults for me, as should be the case with spawning season just around the corner. My wild to hatchery ratio is now 81 / 19 % . Had mostly wild fish this week, with plenty of females to be had. With the biggest female coming in at 31.25″.
Egg Flies no Bug
No bug bite this week for where I went, I did see stones again on the sunny days. Even the egg laying stones were out for a little while. The Egg bite color game was still in effect each day we had to dial in what they wanted. Color was more key this week than size. Caught fish on 8mm to 12mm . This week if I found the color we could generate a bite. Fun how that game is played each day out.
As we approach March the no bug bite thing will fade. River will continue to warm up and more and more bugs will start to hatch. Been getting the Alevin’s ready. As the amount of salmon that spawned last fall, we should have a banner crop of salmon parr to play with.
Booking a Trip
Manistee River below Tippy Dam is one of the best west side steelhead rivers in the state of Michigan. Mangled Fly guides are starting to book Spring Dates so please give us a call at (231-631-5701) or shoot us an email . Guides are open to a full or 1/2 day trips in February .
We have a new sticker too check out in the shop , this sticker is pretty cool so make sure to get yours today. Also have new this year hand tied Night Leaders for those of you that like the mousing for brown trout. We also put together a Night Fishing Assortment that saves you a few $$’s and comes with a easy box to store them in.