If fly fishing for Steelhead is something you can't resist then we would suggest heading over to one of our sister states - Pennsylvania right now. Things have been quiet on most of the local rivers here in Michigan, with anglers working very hard and being skunked or rewarded with a fish as a result. The Pere Marquette is running low and clear, and the conditions for "the" fall Steelhead run on the other rivers like the Big Manistee, Muskegon and Betsie have not been much better this week. Rain is the key ingredient needed right now and we only got a trickle of it.
The Elk Creek and Walnut Creek, on the other hand,? received some much needed rain this last weekend that really seemed to stir up the activity. Reports of fresh fall Steelhead,? that are eagerly taking offerings,? are coming in strong.? The water level drops quickly on many of these streams and may change the conditions fast. Most of the leaves have fallen already and the rivers are clearing up. Steelhead Alley, as coined by Rick Kustich author of Great Lakes Steelhead,??is made up by about 40 rivers in three different states. Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.