05-27-2014, 08:40 AM
Re: upper Manistee
I checked with my "Manistee sources" and here's the latest info on the next 10 or so days...
Weather: It's supposed to be in the mid to upper 70's for the duration. Occasional rain, but decent temps...
Hatches: If you're really lucky, you'll get in on the last of the "Hennies," with the prospects for the Sulphurs coming off improving by the day. Isos will be a ****-shoot, but possible. And, the same with Drakes. Make sure that you're carrying some black caddis in your fly boxes.
If you want a rough starting point for fishing the river downstream for, say, about 28 to 30 miles, kick things off around Mancelona Rd. and work it downstream. Most of the Upper features good brook trout water-- albeit small waters --but it gradually widens out and becomes a bit more "brown trout" territory than brooks. You might even luck into a rainbow or two...
The bottom mix is as diverse as the river itself-- from sand to silt to gravel runs. Wade carefully, as some stretches boast their share of "float your hat" holes.
As you work downstream, there's plenty of access around Deward, CR-612. and the CCC Bridge.
Best rod weights for the Upper? 4 to 6-wt. rods will keep you out of trouble. As you come down toward M-72, you just may find yourself locking it up with some very nice browns that will test your rod selection.
Hope the above helps, my friend. Wade safe, and fish 'em hard!!!
Jerry, aka hairwing530
Last edited by hairwing530; 05-27-2014 at 06:28 PM.