Upper Manistee River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Upper Manistee River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Fish hoppers in the sunny, grassy banked sections of the Upper Manistee. In the darker, shaded sections, change to a beetle like a Quick Sight Beetle. Steamer fishing is fair early mornings. To buy your Michigan 2016 Fishing License and print it out on your printer or save the PDFa to your phone.... GO TO: http://www.streamsideorvis.com/394-2
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Upper Manistee River is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Hawkins Outfitters
Streamside Orvis

Water flow: normal

Visibility: 42 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 67 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: middays, and dark to dawn

Best stretch: Yellowtrees to the Airport

Best access point: All access points are good now from Mancelona Road to 3 Mile Landing.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Fishing is good. Hoppers are still a good bet afternoons noon-5pm. Rubber-legged patterns like Ron's Yellow Skunk are also perfect on these hot, summer days. When clouds and rain come midweek, have a baetis #20. Beetles, ants, and hoppers continue to produce fish all afternoon. Yellow stoneflies #14 are also in the air now and will move some better fish evenings from 9-10pm. Mousing is now in full swing from dark to dawn. Rubber-legged patterns, attractors like Patriots, Royal Wullfs, and parachute Adams are producers as well. Mousing is good now from dark to dawn. 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: October 1-April 30, 2016 catch and release only from CO612 to M115. Flies-Only M72 to CCC Bridge.

Nearest airport: Cherry Capital (TVC)

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Upper Manistee River Description

This is widely regarded as the best self-sustaining trout water in the Michigan. With no impoundments and wadable water from Mancelona Road all the way to Smithville, this offers many miles of easy access, hatch water. Sand and gravel bottom and steady gradient make for good hatches from April through September. M72 downstream to CCC Bridge offers some 15 miles of wadable, floatable "Flies Only" water. The ...

Techniques & Tips

Fish hoppers in the warm temps afternoons until late afternoon, then switch to a PMX or other rubber-legged pattern until dusk. Mousing is moving some very large fish from dark to dawn.

7-Day Forecast

Warm temps with only a little rain this week. Go to www.streamsideorvis.com "Blog" section on www.streamsideorvis.com home page and choose "weather" to check up on daily weather.

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