It’s officially Fall here in Northern Michigan despite the unseasonably hot weather we have had as of late! Conditions have not been ideal for fishing, but looks like a cooling trend is on its way and should get things back on track as far as normal Fall fishing weather…….and cool air should also get the trees popping some colors!
Salmon fishing has been pretty good this year on the Betsie and Lower Manistee Rivers with fish scattered throughout the system, some already hitting the gravel to spawn. Drifting Egg flies and nymphs are getting attention from the cohos and a few steelhead that are lurking around and throwing crank baits are getting the attention of the Kings and cohos to boot. Animating streamers this time of year for migratory fish is like nothing else, the challenge and the patience needed for that one take is what streamer fishing is all about! Fall is shaping up nicely and looks to be getting better every day, and it looks like we should have some great Steelhead fishing in the coming months.
Trout fishing on the Upper Manistee and Boardman Rivers has been decent if you can catch the right low light windows and bite times during this last heat wave, but as the week progresses and temps drop look for things to pick up a bit. Dry fly fishing has still been producing, and the flying ant bite should be around for another week or so, but look for that trend to change over to Fall streamer fishing. There is so much to do in Northern Michigan in the Fall and it is a great time to be a fly angler with all the fishing opportunities available. If you are looking to get out and enjoy the color change and some great fishing to boot, give us a call as our prime time fishing dates are filling up quickly.
See ya out there,