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Michigan Fishing Report
Our winter fly shop hours are Monday through Saturday, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. Closed Sundays.
John Gouker reports on March 7: Yesterday the fishing was fair with some fish hooked. The water has slight color with normal flows. The best flies for right now are buggers, caddis, fry patterns, black stones, and clown eggs.
Matt Barthels reports on February 24: It was nice getting out on the water on Thursday with fellow guide Nick Homan. The Bear fished fairly well for us with one fish to hand and a couple other brief encounters. Water conditions were pretty good with average flows and a slight stain to the water. There is still a ton of snow in the woods and from the looks of things we will hang on to it for a while still. Top flies were peach and tangerine eggs. Look for stones to start producing here in the very near future.
Mark Knee reports on January 21: Some steelhead were found on the Big Manistee over the weekend. Fish were caught in some deep tailouts and soft water edges. Stone and hex flies under indicators, as well as woolly buggers on the bottom caught fish.
Matt Barthels reports on December 20: Fishing on the Bear was good. The water has a bit of color and is running around 33 degrees. Fish came on peach and tangerine eggs. There is a lot of snow in the woods and after the next snow most of the seasonal roads will be impassable.
John Gouker reports on December 16: The weather has not been very cooperative as of late, but if you can brave the weather, you can still get into a few fish. Fishing Friday and Saturday was quite cold with temps in the upper teens. We had to work hard, but hooked fish both days swinging flies and drift fishing. Water temps have pretty much bottomed out for the winter and should stay relatively stable. Look for breaks in the weather. Any bit of warmth should trigger a bite. Bundle up, stay warm, and enjoy the winter time fishing.
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Water flow information, graphs, and charts from USGS
- Pine River: waterdata.usgs.gov/mi/nwis/uv
- Big Manistee River Water Flow Data (USGS) for detailed water flow information, graphs and charts. We also have an information page on the Manistee River
- Pere Marquette River: The Streamer fishing remains fair! Steelhead numbers are fare. Check PM river flows at this link waterdata.usgs.gov/mi/nwis/uv
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Swinging flies is a popular fall fishing method for steelhead, but why not try it during the fall migration of salmon? John Gouker explores the idea of using switch rods for salmon in northern Michigan.
With the two handed and swinging scene starting to gain popularity, there have been a lot of new developments in spey equipment. One of the largest areas of development is in spey lines and shooting heads. These are constantly changing and improving in both castability and fishability. Guide Matt Barthels explains the innovations that Scientific Anglers and RIO have recently made for spey lines.
Before we know it, fall will be here and we'll be focusing on salmon and steelhead. Matt Barthels reminds us not to forget about trout fishing in his article, "Egging".
Our Fly Fishing Manual includes a primer on aquatic entomology.
Fly Fishing Travel
Want to see more photos? Check out our photo album of some of the steelhead our guides and clients have landed in 2013.