Manistee River Below Tippy Dam
Summer Smallmouth Bass
The Manistee River below Tippy Dam fishing report for mid July, has been all about the warm-water species. With Smallmouth Bass being the main focus. Smallmouth Bass are currently present in okay numbers, with water still slightly off colored, fishing has not been as good as it can possibly be of the Manistee River. Current conditions have the water once again on the rise after a few big storms this weekend. Make sure to monitor the water levels at the USGS Site.
One of the best way to fish for smallmouth in the summer is with medium sized baitfish patterns, one of our favorite patterns is what we call the dying minnow , an example of this type of pattern is the popular Murdich Minnow paired with a Full Intermediate fly line. Or check out the new I/S2/S3 from SA. What you want to do is have your minnow pattern act dying or injured. Fishing it in such a way make it easy for the smallmouth to sneak up and engulf your baitfish pattern.
I like the slow sinking lines as they allow the fly to fish slower, than a fast sink tip, that really pulls the fly down stream too fast. The new line by SA allows you to mend the Intemidate section, while the S2/S3 slowly sink your fly into the zone. This new sonar line really works well fishing the dying minnow patterns, but also really works well with the articulated gamchangers as well. Give the line a try or ask to use it on your next guide trip. Very fun line to fish.
Fall Steelhead is really just around the corner, if your looking for dates give us a call or shoot an email (231-631-5701) and email . Over the next few weeks will will expand our smallmouth bass report, also be covering a new rod we have been throwing for smallmouth bass that has been great to fish with, so check back for new blog posts and reports.