I have been lucky enough to have Ed McCoy on my team of guides for the last 10+ years and have access to his fly box on my days I need it. Now with Montana Fly Company picking up his patterns. You too can have them in your arsenal. Make sure stop by your local fly shop and ask for Ed’s patterns this Drake season. His AP Drake will be submitted soon, with it’s new updates. But I believe Orvis still carries this amazing pattern. AP stands for All Purpose. Makes it easy just match the size.
The 2018 Fall Steelhead run has begun, so far size of the fish is very impressive. Looking forward to the next 2 months. Make sure to check out the fishing reports for the Manistee River and the Muskegon River for more pictures and updated information. Hope to see you out there, have a great fall.
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Did a quick edit from this past weeks for the Hawkins YouTube Channel. Highlights are from a good week of Dry Fly Fishing for Trout on the Upper Manistee River.
- Late Fall / Early Winter steelhead fishing is off to a great start make sure to check out the Manistee River steelhead report, with strong winds and some much need precipitation this past week steelhead were on the move. Along with the Mansitee River, another great tailwater to fish this time of year is the Muskegon River. Both rivers offer great steelhead fishing the month of December .
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What’s up with the increase in Lake Trout in the Big Manistee this year?
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Had the opportunity yesterday (Sunday, January 19th) to take Ben and John out for a little half day steelhead trip. While getting out on the river has been a little more difficult than I’m used to this winter, the fishing still remains pretty rock solid. With some of the best weeks of the winter/early spring season just ahead of us. Have always been a fan of the February. Days growing longer and no spring crowds.
Better get ready to rumble this year, as fish are bigger than normal on the West side. Pictured is Jon with a big boy from the Manistee River from this Friday, Oct 11th. Two-Handed rods are start to come out, as heavy angling pressure is pushing the fish off of the gravy train and into the spots I call home.