The recent bump in water levels should send a nice chum line of eggs into the lake and bring in the rest of the salmon and more fall steelhead. These eggs are the major staple of the steelhead's diet while salmon are rubbing gravel. As proof: not only are egg patterns working so well on fish, but fish are coughing up eggs that they have been eating. Other flies have been working include caddis, hex nymphs and black bugger variations. Coho numbers are down so far on the Manistee, Betsie and Platte Rivers, but there are fish in the system with some decent conditioned Chinook/King salmon among them. Angler numbers have receded a bit from the water and in their place are many leaves. The trees are just past peak and many of the trees have shed their leaves so be prepared to remove leaves from your flies often. It comes with the season.
Upper Manistee River - for those of you looking to get your trout on, the streamer bite should be pretty solid with the pending spawn season and ideal water conditions - complete with no crowds. Please leave all spawning browns alone as they are there to produce more fish for the future of our fishery.
Good luck and Tight Lines,