Somebody turn off the rain! Thursday the Big Manistee was spilling over her banks at over 4,000 cfs, with chocolate milk color and a foot of visibility. The day was a challenge, but we managed to get it done bottom bouncing with egg flies and beads. No rain over night did us some good, the flows today are down to 3250 cfs and dropping. The clarity is still muddy, but improved to 3ft of visibility with a temperature of 52 degrees. The good news is the rain brought in a push of new spring fish, and trout are starting to bust salmon fry again.

Flies that are working: Salmon fry, black stones, bright colored egg flies, and trout beads 8-10mm in bright, milky colors.

Today’s weather forecast: Today overall, expect cloudy conditions with pops of sun through the afternoon peaking around 2pm. Winds ranging from NNW 10 to 18. High of 49 but mostly sitting at around 40. Showers in the forecast throughout the day. Chance of rain accumulation 0%, humidity 86% and a high visibility of 10.0 mi

Don’t forget trout opener is April 29th! Stop by the shop for some smoked ribs, and check out our fully stocked fly shop! Our bead selections, and fly selections are some of the best in the North!

For detailed water flow information, graphs, and charts from USGS click on the links below.

Pine River 

Big Manistee River  

Pere Marquette River

D-Loop Outfitters Weekly Fishing Report 

This week on the water fishing has been fair, we are catching them in the runs in the upper to mid sections of the river and also around traditional spawning gravel areas. They are spread out through the system from what I have seen, but that can change day to day. It is time for them to spawn so they are on the move to their spawning gravel to get things done. There are a pretty good mixture of fish around right now lots of chrome hens being caught with some males and skippers in the mix. We have been fishing floats as well as bottom bouncing lately mainly because of the different types of water have been catching them in. As far as the Steelhead go 8 and 10mm beads in natural to milked out colors, black stone flies and egg sucking leeches. The water temps are rising, flows are dropping and the clarity is clearing a little each day.

 

Weather for April 14th

TIME      TEMP      RAIN        WIND

7:00am      38        10%       NE 6 MPH

8:00am      39        10%       E 5 MPH

9:00am      44          0%       E 7 MPH

10:00am    49          0%       NE 7 MPH

11:00am    54          0%       NE 9 MPH

12:00pm    59          0%       NE 9 MPH

1:00pm      60          0%       NE 10 MPH

2:00pm      62          0%       SE 11 MPH

3:00pm      63          0%       SE 10 MPH

4:00pm      64          0%       SE 9 MPH

5:00pm      64          0%       SE 9 MPH

 

GUIDE FAVORITE FLIES THIS WEEK

EGG SUCKING LEECHES CHARETRUSE OR PINK

WIGGLE NYMPH BLACK

STONE FLIES BLACK OR COLORED THORAX

EGG FLIES BRIGHT FOR HIGH WATER NATURAL FOR LOWER WATER

 

STATS

CFS  2450 Steady

TEMP 48.2 DEGREES Rising this morning

GAUGE  9.18 FEET

 

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