Boardman River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Boardman River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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If fishing steelhead, consider that indicator fishing technique is less likely to fowl-hook in the lower river. NOTE: FISHING SEASON IS NOW CLOSED ABOVE SABIN DAM. FISHING WILL CONTINUE BELOW SABIN DAM TO THE MOUTH. NO FISHING WITHING 300 FEET ABOVE OR BELOW THE WEIR AT HALL STREET. FREE 2 DAY SHIPPING AT STREAMSIDEORVIS.COM Check out the STREAMSIDEORVIS.COM! Stream reports (, blogs, and great deals!
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Boardman River is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Hawkins Outfitters,
Streamside Orvis

Water flow: normal

Visibility: 20 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 35 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: early mornings and afternoons

Best stretch: Hall St. weir to Park St.

Best access point: Parking lot between Cass and Hall.

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Cold temps have returned to Traverse City. The best opportunity right now is in town from Union Street to the mouth. A few steelhead have been coming in and are below Union St. dam or above Boardman Lake at Sabin. Anglers have been successful using combinations of nymphs below small indicators. Water below Sabin continues to be stained or muddy from the change in river bed above the Dam. Betsie and Crystal rivers have a few steelhead. Mostly skippers on the Betsie above Homestead Dam. Visit the new STREAMSIDEORVIS.COM website for blogs, tips, photos... and more! Like us on Facebook too.

Fish species: Brook trout, brown trout above Sabin Dam. Chinook and coho, trout, steelhead, smallmouth below Sabin


Nearest airport: Cherry Capital Traverse City (TVC)

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Boardman River Description

THE BOARDMAN RIVER IS NOW OPEN BELOW SABIN DAM. The beautiful Boardman River, birthplace of the Adams fly, starts east and south of Traverse City and ends as it flows into the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. Self-sustaining populations of rainbow, brown and brook trout inhabit all sections of the river, but have higher populations of brook trout in the uppermost sections. Favorite hatches ...

Techniques & Tips

Just swing soft-hackles, marabou streamers and keep moving downstream. Slow, swinging tactics are now best as fish are now slowing down. Single eggs or nymphs fished slowly or using a Euro technique is best.

7-Day Forecast

Cold weather with a warming trend arriving for the weekend. Go to "Blog" section on home page and choose "weather" to check up on daily weather.

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