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
Look for trico's early mornings, then turn to attractors as water warms late morning. It's now midday terrestrial and attractor fishing with late night mousing and early morning streamer or trico fishing. You can purchase your 2019 "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: 41 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 67 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: noon-8pm

Best stretch: CO612

Best access point: Airport and Burnt Cabin

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Terrestrial angling is now here. Rubber-legged patterns like Chubbies and PMX's are working all day long. Water is now normal and clear. Wading is now easy. River and fishing is now in transition. Early morning streamer fishing is very good and when trico (tricorythodes #20) spinners hit the water 8-10am, look for rising fish. Rainy or overcast days will bring baetis #18 hatches and feeders. 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: RIVER IS FULLY OPEN NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 1 2019.

Nearest airport: Cherry Capital (TVC)

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

Start the day streamer fishing or looking for trico spinnerfalls in the early morning light and then change over to rubber-legged patterns lunch time. Take a break and relax and then hit the banks with hoppers along the sunny, grassy banks. In the darker, shaded, swampy areas, change to some beetle patterns. Then set up for some mousing in the darkness from midnight to dawn.

7-Day Forecast

Warm, seasonable weather this week. Go to zip code 49684 for latest weather at your favorite weather site.


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