Last week’s rain has got the salmon run progressing. The cooler air temps and good winds has more fish staging at the river mouths while the rain last week moved all the fish that were already staging in the lower river and lake. Typical fall flies include Sparrows, Hex, Pheasant Tails, and Hare’s Ears all accompanied by an egg pattern. Fishing should only get better over the next couple of weeks and once some real eggs start drifting down the river the Steelhead should start moving into the water as well (October 1).
Trout fishing on the Upper-Manistee river is serene- no one else fishing, decent water levels and temps and some fish coming to the fly – both streamers and dries. Like the rest of the season, work hard to find out what it is they are in the mood for and then mix it up when your success slows down. The streamer bite should continue to build as we approach the fall spawning season and the fish look to put a few pounds on before they rub gravel.