Salmon fishing is going very strong after the rain this past weekend. New fish have moved into the river and the fish that have been in for a while are hitting the gravel. Great fighting fish with a few extra pounds on them this year are making for some great battles. The standard flies have seemed to be working: eggs, caddis, hex nymphs, pheasant tails, buggers, muddlers and sparrows. Try throwing a streamer in front of both aggressive males near beds and to pods of holding fish in the big slow holes. The streamer bite should continue for a few weeks for those of you that want to feel that rod get pulled out of your hand. The Manistee will continue to build in numbers as the water temps. decrease. Like much of the year, things are running a week or so late this year and it appears that Salmon fishing is on par with that trend. Hearing a report or two of a steelhead being in caught by salmon anglers, so it won’t be but a few weeks before we can target them specifically.
Trout fishing is still a great time on the water and you can have it yourself if you are not into the big fish thing, i.e. salmon and steelhead. The river is all yours and the fish have rested from the pressure of anglers. Look for streamer fishing to be pretty good on the pre-spawn bite and on the warmer days after cool nights look for the big rubber leg and foam creations to bring up fish. Fall can also bring on some technical BWO fishing on the right day so make sure you have some in your fly box.