April 21, 2011
Rain, Sun & Snow – Spring in Northern Michigan
Fishing for steelhead lately has been mixed; some days there are good numbers of fish eager to eat a well presented fly, other days they have too much spawning on their mind. Fish are throughout the Manistee, Betsie and Boardman systems with water temperatures in the mid-40’s and they have spawning on their mind. The suckers have peaked on the Betsie and a few more are showing up on the Big Manistee the past couple of days, but still there aren’t many. Look for steelhead to be on and near gravel with drop backs in seems and deep holes on their way back the big lake. Pale, Oregon Cheese and natural color egg combinations have been working well with fry, stones and hex being the successful nymphs. Be sure to mix it up as the day goes on.
The snow fall that we received this week has almost disappeared and a lot of it has gone into the ground rather than the river. After some rain we should experience another good push of fish to hit the rivers making this year’s run of fish last longer than the past few years. As temperatures increase and more fish fall back, the swing bite should improve.
Trout fishing with streamers has been good for those looking to put the time in on the rivers that are open before the traditional opener which opens on April 30. Water clarity is stained making it ideal for streamer fishing. As the water temperatures continue to rise, a few more stones are hitting the surface with just a little surface feeding activity – be sure to have some dry flies with you.
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