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Upper Manistee Trout Fishing Report

Upper Manistee River Trout Fishing

Upper Manistee Trout Fishing Report
Early season streamer fishing trips

Manistee River Trout Report

Upper Manistee Trout Fishing report for late March has us busting through some snow and ice to get into the ramps. But with some 4×4 and a little elbow grease we got the drift boat into the Manistee River once again. Have reports that most of the launches are open, except maybe Tree Farms still, but with the rain yesterday that snow bank blocking the access could be manageable now.

Spring Trout Fishing

Upper Manistee Trout Fishing Report

One of the keys to Spring Trout fishing is water temperatures as you can see by the graph this past week we had our best success when temperature was on the rise. This week we hit 41 degrees on my temperature gun and that was the best day of activity we had.

River data for the Upper Manistee can also be looked at online at this link. They are still working on getting a good signal for all the data to load consistently but hoping by summer to fix all the problems. The probe is located downstream of the CCC Bridge a few bends. Giving you an idea for water temperature and level.

Streamer Fishing

With warm weather next week it will be a good week to get out again and chase trout, with streamer fishing being the main tactic. Early season patterns you can never go wrong with sculpin / goby imitations, take your favorite pattern and try a black head on it. As male sculpins and gobies when they spawn in the spring have very black / dark heads.

We noticed this week that we had to have lead on our patterns to get the most attention. With cool temps and dropping water most of our trout were located in deeper darker slots. Most of them would not come up for the flies, you had to get the fly deep to get them to chase.

Trout Guide Trips

With Steelhead hitting their prime on the Lower Manistee and Pere Marquette , we always welcome a change of pace and venturing to the trout water is a welcome adventure. If your looking to book a trout trip give us a call, 231-631-5701 or shoot us an email.

Stay Safe

Jon Ray

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.