Spring Steelhead are here
Steelhead fishing Below Tippy Dam
The Manistee River fishing report below Tippy Dam for the middle part of February, gave us our typical roller coaster spring weather. One day bright blue bird sunshine and pleasant. Next day some heavy snow and blowing like crazy. But what are you going to do. Fishing this week was up and down as well. One day they were smacking at everything I threw the next was grind it out and only find one.
Looks like the next 15 days will be more normal air temps, with 30’s and maybe a touch of 40. But with the Big Manistee River already running 37 degrees the spring thing has started. 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 dropped slightly this week , we are currently at 1570 CFS. 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 thee tributaries. Manistee River continues to run in the mid to upper 30’s, and with a good forecast for fishing coming up, fishing should stabilize .
This week more adults, than the week before when I couldn’t get out of the skipper train. My wild to hatchery ratio is now 83 / 17 . Had mostly wild fish this week, with plenty of females to be had.
Egg Flies no Bug
No bug bite this week for where I went, did not see any wiggling early black stones this week, so egg bite was my best. Playing the color game each day had to dial in what they wanted. Color was more key this week than size. Compared to the week before when size played a bigger role. 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.