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    Guide Reports: Salmon Mania in Michigan


    Fly Fishing News release writes "By now we have noticed that all the rivers have started or are starting to fill with the big fish. Salmon have been running on some rivers since the fourth of July. Which means that those older fish have started to move up on gravel to spawn with new fish moving in every day. Most rivers have had low and clear water conditions with fall rains and cooler temperatures needed to trigger more fish to move into the system.

    As written in Michigan Outdoor news!

    Remember the females that have already moved on the redds will have several male fish and brown trout behind, usually in a deeper or darker run. The trick is to drift your fly past the female (let her spawn) and into that dark water. If you catch the female all those browns and male salmon will likely go somewhere else. This can be accomplished in many different ways. The easiest for the fly-fisherman is to use a floating line rig with split shot, strike indicator and an egg fly. You can cast just behind the female, your egg will drop into the hole and those aggressive brown and male salmon will take the egg fly not disturbing the female. This technique is very successful and not complicated to rig and very easy to cast. The fact is most trout fishermen have been using this technique for years.

    Egg flies come in many different sizes and colors. The best pattern I have seen to date is the crystal egg in a peach color. Its simple and fast to tie. I like to use the saying ?don?t take any longer tying it than it does to loose it. This holds true with most any egg fly and definitely the crystal egg.

    Fishing report

    The hottest spot in Michigan right now is the Big Manistee. With Hawkins Outfitters (www.hawkinsflyfishing.com) reporting big fish all the way to Tippy since the middle of August. They are in various stages of the spawn with fresh fish still moving in to the river. The Pere Marquette river is also a bright spot with new fish reported to be in the Flies only section as well as the lower river. The Betsie & Platte should see Coho?s showing up with lots of Kings through out these rivers. The lower sections usually hold lots of fish and are less crowded. Those Coho?s are more aggressive and will also put a big bend in the rod. The Muskegon is always a late starter have some fresh fish showing up on a daily basis. Don?t forget the Rouge, the White and the Grand river for excellent action.

    The Upper Peninsula is also reporting in with fish running the rivers. Warmer temperatures and lack of rain have made the Salmon run start later that normal. Try the Two Hearted, Chocolay and some of the other smaller streams for Pinks. You can get a great fight on an aggressive Pink using that six weight rod and a pink egg fly.

    The east side of the lower is starting to heat up as well. Your most popular river is the Ausable, but don?t forget the Augres and the Rifle they both get excellent runs of fish with fewer fisherman on the average.

    Michigan?s thumb has many rivers and fresh water harbors that can produce Salmon as well. Lexington anglers for example has a great run of Salmon than can be had on the fly. Fishing the harbor is productive and the surf all the way to Port Austin can produce these monster Salmon and Browns. Near the Port Huron area the Black river get a great run as does the St. Clair river. We have seen small runs of Salmon on the Clinton River and the Huron river in past years. Those are rivers that Detroiters can do in a morning or an afternoon.

    Smallmouth bass on lake St. Clair remains excellent with Pike fishing starting to pick up. Those Muskies have the feed bag on this time of year. Fishing this lake this time of the year is certainly one of the best times to be out. The pleasure boaters and jet skiers are gone and a lots of people are chasing birds or Salmon. There is mor solitude on the lake this time of year than any other time.

    This is a great time of year to be out on the rivers, lakes or in the woods. Wherever you go or whatever you do be careful and dress warm. We won?t see those warm temperatures again until June of 2004."

    Posted on Saturday, September 27 @ 11:09:36 UTC by admin


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