Winter steelhead fishing has been good so far this season. There seems to be a decent number of fish around in the typical winter waters on the local rivers. A few days we have been out with temperatures in the 30’s and even up to 40. Look for a warm up and get out. Egg patterns always seem to work, hex nymphs, steelie buggers are always a winter favorite patterns to give the winter fish some protein. Look for slower, deeper water and fresh fish trickling in with warm up days. February is a great month to get out and we are offering half day trips in February and early March to get outside and beat the cabin fever.
The Manistee River below Tippy Dam seems to be in excellent condition with the “winter green” flows and the temps are hovering around 33 degrees and the steady temps have the fish hunkered down, but they are pretty hot when you hook one! We had a couple of jumps out of a nice hen on Sunday and the reel screamed a couple of times. It simply felt good to get out of the shop and be on the river for a few hours. Look at the forecast and get out when you can!