September 10, 2010
Early Fall Fishing
September is here and it feels like it with cool nights and day temps that are cooler than the heat we have been receiving. Clouds, a little rain and our recent temps are bringing the water temperatures down to where they need and it's getting the fish feeling like fall after a long, hot summer.
The migratory salmon seem to be gaining all of the attention right now as their numbers are building in local rivers. The Betsie and Manistee both have decent numbers of fish moving through them as they migrate upstream for their annual spawning mission. The standard selection of flies are working most days including hex nymphs, green caddis, black wooly buggers to name a few combined with an egg pattern in various colors – each day and fish has a different preference it seems. Because the fish are moving you may find them one day and they are upstream the next. It is often a lesson in casting lots before these fish eat, but when they do, hold on tight.
The trout fishing on the Manistee and Boardman continues with an improved streamer bite – look for it to get better as we get closer to their spawning which takes place in October. A limited number of bugs have been on the surface but like most of the year, BWO’s deserve a place in your fly box. Terrestrials are a good bet this time of year once the sun has warmed the air a bit - there are still a number of hoppers around in the grass so play with hopper patterns and other big flies with legs and foam. Your general patterns are bringing fish up, too, including attractive/suggestive patterns from Adams to Chernobyl Ants. This is a great time of the year to have the river to yourself as most anglers are chasing the salmon or watching football.
I still have some salmon (& trout) dates available in September (9/17,18,19, 22,24-27,29). Remember, Fall Steelhead is just around the corner starting October 1st. If you are looking to get out fishing, just call or e-mail!
I still have some salmon (& trout) dates available in September (9/17,18,19, 22,24-27,29). Remember, Fall Steelhead is just around the corner starting October 1st.
If you are looking to get out fishing, just call or e-mail!