Pere Marquette River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Pere Marquette River, Michigan Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
If anyone has told you terrestrial fishing is off, a short walk down the riverbank will convince you otherwise. Grasshoppers and damsel flies seem to be abundant this time of the year. Fishing a large hopper pattern with a nymph dropper seems to be the most productive form of fishing as of lately. It is good to have a mix of natural patterns/colors and bright/flashy patterns as one or the other seems to be working better on different days. Don't be afraid to throw a large chubby chernobyl pattern as even small trout will come up and eat a large fly.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Pere Marquette River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Pere Marquette Lodge

Water flow: 700

Visibility: 40 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 66 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Mornings/Evening

Best stretch: M-37 - Gleason's Landing

Best access point: Green Cottage

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Damsels Dragon Flies Stonefly; Variations - Pats rubber leg, Golden Stone or a Salmon Fly

Fish species: Trout, Steelhead, Salmon

Fishing season: All Year

Nearest airport: Grand Rapids, Gerald R Ford Airport

Pere Marquette River Description

The Pere Marquette River is one the Michigan's blue ribbon claims to fame. Our migratory fish runs are what separates this river from most. The mighty King Salmon start showing up around late August and take over the river by the tens of thousands until mid October. The lower you go in the river the more these fish are like a freight train as they just entered the river strong and vibrant. Fall Steelhead come ...

Techniques & Tips

The most common and productive techniques right now will be hopper dropper, euro nymphing, and mousing at night. With water levels finally back down or even a little below our summer average euro nymphing has been really popular lately for its ability to be technical and deadly accurate. Hopper dropped fishing has been the most productive form of fishing in the early to mid afternoon times. This can be one of the most productive forms of fishing as you are able to access two feeding channels having one fly sub-surface and one on top of the surface. Whenever using terrestrials keep an eye out for undercut banks and overhanging brush or branches as fish anticipate bugs to be dropping off.

7-Day Forecast

Flows are back down to our normal summer rates of between 600 to 900 CFS. This week has been sitting at an average just below 700 which makes for good wading. Mousing has been doing well lately, but keep in mind that lower night time temperatures will slow activity down.

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