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Michigan Fishing Report

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January 1: The guides are reporting decent steelhead fishing with swung flies. Pink and copper colors have been working well.

John Gouker reports on December 1: Fishing on the Little Manistee is good right now. There is a mix of fresh fish and older fish in the system, and the water is up nicely with a slight tea stain. The best flies have been smaller eggs in natural colors.

Matt Barthels reports on November 18: Steelhead fishing has gotten a bit more consistent with some smaller pushes of fish moving in. Nymphing has been productive with peach and pink eggs and fry patterns. Swinging streamers has been holding it's own of late. Top flies for me have been copper and black leeches and fire tiger leeches.



John Gouker reports November 5: Steelhead fishing remains slower than normal. We are finding some fish but you have to work hard for them. We are swinging and nymphing with both being fairly equal in fish numbers. Trout fishing is on fire below Tippy with fish coming to streamers and gurglers. The trout are averaging 10 to 16 inches. Take advantage of the trouting. It is the best in years. 



Matt Barthels reports on November 2: The steelhead fishing on the Manistee is finally starting to gain a bit of momentum after a tough start to the fall season. Fresh fish have started filtering in a bit more, and although numbers are still down, we are beginning to find some fish to play with everyday. Swinging larger, flashy streamers has been pretty productive with the lack of eggs. Top patterns for me this week have been black with blue or rainbow flash. On the nymphing front, round eggs in peach and pink have been productive, as well as buggers and minnow patterns.  



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