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Upper Manistee Trout Fishing Report

Upper Manistee River Trout Fishing

Upper Manistee Trout Fishing Report
Trout Fishing on the Upper Manistee

Manistee River Trout Report

Upper Manistee Trout Fishing report for the first week of July and the July 4th holiday week has more sweltering heat remaining in the forcast throughout most of this week again. There are still some Hex Spinner falls in the evening, but we decided with the intense heat late last week its time to move on to other fishing opportunities that we can do during the cooler parts of the day or target warm-water species instead of trout. The recent intense heat and warm nights have made the water temps get too warm to fish for trout on most of the Upper Manistee. If you are a catch and release angler heading out in the evenings, make sure you take temps before fishing and play the fish quickly and give them lots of time to recover before releasing them.

Temperature

It’s not too often we need to preach about when or how one should be fishing, but in this heat wave you should limit your fishing to the first 4 to 5 hours of the day. The evenings and early night time water temps have been too warm on the 90 degree days as of late. Last week the Upper Manistee reached daytime highs of 72-73 degrees in all sections below Yellow trees. Please do not fish in those sections this week that go over 70 during the heat of the day, give the fish a break until this heat wave moves on. This type of weather is the number one reason why we teamed up with TU to get a river monitoring gauge established around the CCC Bridge area last year. Please use this link here for temp and flow data this summer to help you remotely monitor water temperature before you even head out to the river.

If the temps are going to go past 70 degrees for the daytime high, it’s probably just best to stay home. Last week the amount of safe cold water was really constrained to the sections above Yellow Trees, typically it will be 3-4 degrees colder than the current reading at the monitoring station. Above M72 appears to maintain temps 4-5 degrees cooler than the current readings at the monitoring station. These numbers are not exact and you should still use a thermometer to check the temps before fishing in those sections.

Hex Hatch

This past week the Hex hatch was feeling like it was showing signs of slowing down. We had a few spinner events and one hatch by the middle of last week and due to the heat wave we called off the dogs. The 2020 Hex hatch was good overall, lots of great fish were caught and plenty of new stories were made to be shared again on future trips. As we move forward from here we will be starting our hopper trips after this heat wave moves on and spending some time after dark chasing some fish that we couldn’t connect on during the the Hex hatch. We are already looking forward to chasing the Hatches again in 2021!

There will still be some remnant Hex spinners over the next week I’m sure, but as things come back to normal on the temperature scale we should still see some Light Cahills and Isonychia Spinners in the evenings and the Summer Olives and Trico’s in the mornings. Fishing Hoppers/Terrestrials on the Upper Manistee during the late summer months can be a great way to spend the day taking in everything she has to offer from the scenery to the fish themselves.

Trout Guide Trips

Looking to book a Northern Michigan summer Trout trip? If so you can reach us at 231-631-5701 (leave a message) or shoot us an email. We are booking well into July and August now, with hopper and mousing trips. Ed only has a few nights left open for mousing and the daytime calendar is filling up fast so don’t hesitate to call for availability. If you’re thinking about giving the midnight creeper a try, click the link to the tying demo, this fly is easy to tie and very effective at night. It’s also not too early to start thinking about fall steelhead adventures on the Lower Manistee River for steelhead, and late season streamer trips for brown trout on the Upper Manistee as well.

Tight Lines,

Ed

SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity

SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity

SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity

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Day Time Hex Eater

A new line was introduced in the past month the SA Amplitude Smooth Infinity  and have had the pleasure to test it out over the last month.  Line showed up during Hex Season, even though my go to line for Hex is the Magnum Glow Line, but I have a few days each year that allow daytime fishing of the Hex Hatch.  Turning over big dry flies into tight quarters is a must and the New Smooth Infinity was up to the task.

Location, Location, Location

During the last thee weeks the line continues to bring it’s A game to Northern Michigan. With the foam bite (hoppers, ants, and beetles) mixed in with twitching (small streamers on a floating line) these two methods are a huge part of my summer program for trout.  Having a line that can deliver dry flies to within inches of a log, but still has the energy to turn over a small weighted streamer with a tungsten cone head into a deep pool.  Is a must for me, nice to have confidence that the SA Smooth Infinity can do both without missing a beat.

Local Fly Shop

If you have ever spent much time with me in the boat, and we talk equipment you know how I feel about fly lines, it is the most important part of your equipment!  Make sure to stay on top of the latest technology and check them out at your local fly shop.  Also if you see me on the water and want to take a test cast just ask.

Amplitude Smooth Infinity from Scientific Anglers on Vimeo.

There’s a reason we call this line the Infinity: there is no end to what you’ll be able to do with it. The Scientific Anglers Amplitude Smooth Infinity taper is a half-size heavy freshwater line built for everything from panfish to pike. With a long rear taper and extended front taper, it’s delicate for dry flies, has enough power for streamers, and can mend line for nymph rigs with equal ability. Built with the AST Plus slickness additive, Infinity lines are 50% slicker than any other SA line, and will last, on average, eight times longer than any line from the competition.

Remember: REAL NERDS GET ALL THE FISH.

russ maddin streamer fishing

Streamer Fishing article with Russ Maddin

Great article about steamer fishing featuring good friend and fellow guide Russ Maddin.  Russ, shares a few of this beliefs about streamer fishing.  Check out this article, it will help you become a better streamer fisherman.  NO matter the species you chase, from brown trout to muskie.

Picture of the Day – Jumping Brown Trout

jumping brown troutSometimes it is better to be lucky , had the camera at ready for some reason at the right time for this jumping brown trout.  Love the spraying water effect.  Feel free to click on the photo and you will go to my Smug Mug page as well, to see a larger size.

First Day with Scott Radian 907

Will do a little more talking about the Scott Radian 907 in the future , but just wanted to post a couple quick pics from a personal trout streamer day with Ed McCoy yesterday.  Was my first day with 907 and so glad I bought one, great rod for the Michigan trout scene.  Perfect with my 250 SA sink tip.

 Perfect streamer rod for Michigan trout streams.

Lamprey match the hatch

With the official start of lamprey season (chestnut lamprey),  the biggest match the hatch we have here in Michigan for our streamer program.  Not that there is really a season for lamprey, but I just happened to notice they the crawled out of the mud this week. Some people have told me trout don’t eat lamprey.  Okay.  If they don’t eat them, I’m fine with that, but they sure don’t like them.  Pictured below is a trout we caught this weekend on an imitation lamprey streamer pattern.  This trout had 11 different lamprey attached to him and out of anger destroyed my simple fur and feather pattern.

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Trout season has started

IMG_6752A great way to start the trout season with a true yellow belly.  Jon B scores a great michigan trout, while streamer fishing on the Upper Manistee.  All indications point to a great trout season ahead of us.