Fishing Season: Upper still open with special regs in selected sections until 4/27/24. Check regs

Upper Manistee River - MI

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Temperature 24°

Temp:

24°

Water Temp:

39

Streamside Michigan's Tip of the Week

UPPER MANISTEE RIVER IS NOW UNDER SPECIAL REGULATIONS UNTIL APRIL 27, 2024. CHECK MICHIGAN DNR REGULATIONS FOR SPECIFIC GEAR RESTRICTIONS AND CATCH AND RELEASE RIVER SECTIONS FROM M72 TO CCC. The thaw continues. Temps are much warmer and water temps will also increase. Levels will rise as runoff continues into the weekend. Levels are now at typical winter lows, so runoff will NOT make wading tough. Guides will be ice-free afternoons this week and stripping streamers will be much easier and recommended. Whether stripping, swinging, or Euro nymphing, slow down your fishing as water temps are still cold and fish will be slower to move. DON'T FORGET YOUR 2023 ALL SPECIES FISHING LICENSE IS NEEDED THROUGH MARCH, 2024. Go to: https://www.mdnr-elicense.com

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Map of Upper Manistee River

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Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby

Hawkins Outfitters
Streamside Orvis

5-Day Outlook as of 2/26/24

Once again, the air temps are doing a rumba. Highs in the upper 50's and low 60's with a couple of days in the 20's. Warmer temps make streamer stripping easier and recommended. Euro techniques and 2-handed swinging still a good plan as well. Go to zip code 49684 for latest weather at your favorite weather site.

Techniques & Tips as of 2/26/24

Streamer stripping this week with warmer air and water temps, and reasonable levels. Choose patterns that will drop fast and deep for most deeper runs, but small, less dense patterns for shallow areas that warm faster. Look for silt beds that will have warmer water running off and predator fish laying below waiting to ambush unsuspecting small trout and baitfish. Keep changing color until you hit on one. As the week progresses and colder air arrives, look for deep slots and softer water for Euro techniques. Fish will still be slow to take. Get deep, and be patient.

Local Species Available Upper still open with special regs in selected sections until 4/27/24. Check regs

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    Brown and brook trout

Streamside Michigan's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph N/A #16-14
Bead Head Prince N/A #14
Bead Head Zug Bug N/A #14
Bead Head Stonefly N/A #14
Zuggler black, olive, white, #4
Bead Head Bugger black #4-8
Flashback Hares Ear Nymph N/A #14
TH Zebra Midge black #20-22
Gartside Soft-Hackled Streamer yellow, black, or white #4-6
Mini D and D N/A #4-6

Bead Head Hare's Ear Nymph

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Streamside Michigan's Recommended Gear

Description: About Upper Manistee River

UPPER MANISTEE RIVER IS NOW UNDER SPECIAL REGULATIONS UNTIL APRIL 27, 2024. CHECK MICHIGAN DNR REGULATIONS FOR SPECIFIC GEAR RESTRICTIONS AND CATCH AND RELEASE RIVER SECTIONS. 2023 MICHIGAN FISHING LICENSES ARE AVAILABLE. ALL SPECIES LICENSE IS NEEDED TO FISH FOR TROUT. GO TO: https://https://www.mdnr-elicense.com/?utm_source=migovt&utm_medium=button&utm_campaign=fishing21 The Upper Manistee is perhaps Michigan’s finest self-sustaining trout stream. More than 60 miles of wadeable water from its headwaters to the “flies-only” section downstream, make it truly Michigan’s most accessible fly angling water. The river is approximately thirty to sixty feet across in most stretches with an easy gradient and sand and gravel bottom. Extended season sections from M72 downstream to CCC Bridge provide tight-line techniques and streamer fishing all winter as access provides until Spring arrives. April and May offers good hatches of black caddis, Hendricksons and early black stoneflies. Self-sustaining populations of brook and brown trout feed on these early hatches once waters warm into the low 50’s. May brings good numbers of Hendricksons, caddis, and sulfur mayflies. June begins with sulfurs that hatch early evenings and ends with isonychia, brown drakes and the famous "Hex" hatch that comes off at dark. These hatches can move fish as large as 30 inches! July begins with the "Hex" (hexagenia limbata) and finishes with the start of terrestrial season. Hoppers, beetles, ants, dominate the trout’s diet for the next month and a half. In September, we turn our attention to streamer fishing and tiny blue wing olive mayflies. Guides are available daily for float trips. https://streamsideorvis.com/guided-trips/book-guided-trips/

Nearest Airport:

Cherry Capital (TVC)

Hatches:

Tiny black stoneflies #16. Midges #20 Visit the STREAMSIDEORVIS.COM website for tips, stream reports tips, photos... and more! Like us on Facebook too.

Best Time to Fish:

noon to 4pm

Best Stretch:

Anywhere from M72 to CCC Bridge

Best Access:

Airport to Burnt Cabin