Upper Manistee River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Fly Fishing Map of Upper Manistee River, MI
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Upper Manistee River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish early and pack a lunch. Once the tricos finish, put on an attractor and fish it all afternoon long. If you want to fish mice, get some rest and fish all night long... then finish the day with tricos until 8:30am... then go home and get some rest. You can purchase your 2018 "All Species" license and print it out on your printer or save the PDF to your phone.... Go to the Department of Natural Resources website to purchase your new license.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Upper Manistee River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Hawkins Outfitters
Streamside Orvis

Water flow: normal

Visibility: 39 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 68 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: evenings to dark

Best stretch: Yellowtrees to 3 Mile

Best access point: Airport and Burnt Cabin

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Tricorythodes spinnerfalls are now occuring mornings from 7am -9am. Good numbers of fish are rising to them each day. Sulfurs (ephemerella dorotheas #18), yellow stones ( #14), and light Cahills #14, are in the system from CO612 all the way to Sharon. A few isonychia bicolor #12-14 spinnerfalls are also on the water 9pm. Light Cahills are also in the ari evenings around 9pm. Morning hatches and spinnerfalls of tricos and afternoons of attractor fishing will now dominate the river for the next 4 or 5 weeks from CO612 all the way to Smithville. Visit the STREAMSIDEORVIS.COM website for blogs, stream reports (http://www.streamsideorvis.com/blog), tips, photos... and more! Like us on Facebook too.

Fish species: Brown and brook trout

Fishing season: UPPER MANISTEE RIVER OPEN CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY FROM C0612 TO M131. FLIES-ONLY M72 TO CCC BRIDGE

Nearest airport: Cherry Capital (TVC)

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Upper Manistee River Description

ENTIRE RIVER IS OPEN NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 1, 2018. "FLIES-ONLY" FROM M72 TO CCC BRIDGE.

The Upper Manistee is perhaps Michigan’s finest self-sustaining trout stream. More than 60 miles of wadeable water from its headwaters to the “flies-only” section downstream, make it truly Michigan’s most accessible fly angling water. The river is approximately thirty to sixty feet across in most stretches with ...

Techniques & Tips

Trico spinnerfalls 7-9am are bringing some good feeders every morning right now. Miidday attractor fishing is also excellent now. Sulfurs (ephemerella dorotheas #18), light Cahills #14, and isonychia bicolor #12 continue evenings from 8-10pm.

7-Day Forecast

Cooler temps this week. Go to zip code 49684 for latest weather at your favorite weather site.

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