Well…….It’s been a pretty mild November so far here in Northern Michigan! River temps in the lower river are around 48 accompanied with low flows, clear water, and bluebird skies; has made for some tough conditions and steelhead fishing has been a challenge as of late. There are fish around to be had, but it forces us as anglers to think outside the box and really get our presentations as natural as possible and deep into cover. With all the leaf matter settling and finally at bay, stoneflies are a go to pattern in late Fall as they are out to feast on the fresh biomass nature has provided. Indictors have been producing and are a great way to get your flies deep into wood and slow down presentations, with a variety of colors and sizes working depending on conditions. The swung fly is still producing with the mild temps, and is such a fun way to tussle with Steelhead……..”The tug is the Drug” we like to say and there is nothing else like an angry steelhead ripping the rod from your hands…….it is surely something special and something every angler should experience! Fly size, color, and flash are varying depending on conditions, but fish are holding deep and in the wood so keep that in mind when scouting water type.
Upper River Streamer fishing for post spawn drop backs has been decent on weather days as they are looking to put the feed on and bulk up for the coming Winter. Best flies have been in the keychain size, with more natural colors being most affective with all the low clear water. Indicator fishing for late Fall/Winter trout is an overlooked method, but one every angler should have in their arsenal especially when conditions call for it. Running a small egg with a small caddis kicker will get it done as the caddis is the most prevalent bug out as other nymphs are just to small for trout to take notice this time of year.
See ya out there,