Friday, February 20, 2009

Northern Michigan Flyfishing Report Feb 20, 2009

Winter has come back after a tease of spring like weather. While the warm conditions had us thinking that maybe winter was slowing down, a quick look at the calendar was a rude reminder that winter is still here and probably will be for a little longer.

With winter comes winter steelhead. The flush and surge of water last week has taken care of the shelf ice and with it some new fish have entered the local rivers. Water levels are still a bit higher than normal, but you will find them very fishable with a little color to the water. Expect to find both winter-over and fresh fish in the mix.

With water temperatures hovering above freezing, look for fish to be in those likely winter spots – deeper, slower holes and just off of the main seam/bubble line. Best bugs to be casting would include buggers/leeches in black, big black stones and some larger hex nymphs. Use a big, bright Clown Rag Egg to not only garner attention to your nymph, but also evoke a bite. Good luck!

Winter fishing not your thing? Book a steelhead trip for Late March and through April for Hot fishing!

The Northern Angler

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