November 12, 2010
Just a Little?
Steelhead fishing continues but a little rain would go a long way right now. Local rivers are running very clear and combined with the bright, clear skies we have had this past week fishing has been tough.
There are steelhead scattered throughout the Manistee however they have been hiding in the wood and are a little “stale.” A little cloud cover makes a difference when on the water so once seasonal weather hits, fishing should pick up again. The Betsie, Boardman, Bear and Platte have been tough fishing for the same reasons – scattered fish in ultra-clear water. In times like these a stealthy presentation goes a long ways. I have not found a magic fly lately; rather the typical continue to catch fish: eggs (pale varieties/color combos), black stones, steelhead buggers and shrimp.
Trout fishing has been decent on the Manistee below Tippy dam with fish really keyed in on eating the last of the salmon eggs. More standard nymphs, too, have been working when tied in tandem with egg patterns. Streamer fishing has been o.k. – look for it to improve as the eggs diminish and larger chunks of protein are preferred before winter.
With the start of firearm deer season Monday anglers should wear some hunter’s orange clothing for safety. The increased deer movement and testosterone driven behavior is up so look out for deer on the side of the road in low-light – take a few extra minutes getting to the river; buying deer hair for fly tying is cheaper than hitting one with your car.
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