Boardman River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Boardman River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Pack a lunch and set out for an afternoon of terrestrial/rubber-legged fishing from South Boardman to Keystone. All of the upper water has great attractor fishing right now through August. Large numbers of Chinook salmon are now in all stretches of the Betsie River. Weir is in place now in downtown Traverse City from 100 feet below the weir to the mouth. NOTE: SEASON IS NOW OPEN. NO FISHING WITHIN 300 FEET ABOVE OR BELOW THE WEIR AT HALL STREET. YOU CAN BUY YOUR NEW MICHIGAN "ALL SPECIES" FISING LICENSE BY GOING TO AND CLICKING THE LINK. 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 Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Hawkins Outfitters,
Streamside Orvis

Water flow: normal

Visibility: 29 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: middays

Best stretch: Garfield Bridge to Shumsky Landing

Best access point: Forks to Sheck's Campground

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Attractor time is now upon us and terrestrials (grasshoppers, beetles, ants) will continue to become stronger each week. Baetis (BWO #20) will be coming off in the overcast, rainy afternoons this week. Baetis #22, and some tan caddis #14 are all over the system above Sabin Dam into the North and South branches. Mousing continues to bring big fish to the fly. A good run of king salmon entered the lower river below the weir at Hall Street two weeks ago, but now fish are few. Fish are taking nymph and egg combinations below indicators. No fishing 100 feet below or above the weir. 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

Fishing season: RIVER IS NOW OPEN.

Nearest airport: Cherry Capital Traverse City (TVC)

Boardman River Description


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 ...

Techniques & Tips

The last two weeks of the season in the upper Boardman wild trout water is going well. In the upper branches, brookies are taking Adams parachutes and other attractors like Patriots all day long and into the evening. Best odds are for attractor patterns like a PMX or Ron's Yellow Skunk all midday into the late afternoon.

7-Day Forecast

Cooler temps a some rain as the week progresses.. Go to zip code 49684 for latest weather at your favorite weather site.

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