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Manistee River Below Tippy Fishing Report

May 3rd, 2015


Jessie and Jessie having a blast with one of many doubles today!

Trout fishing below Tippy Dam is going strong, with fish taking flies using just about every technique! We targeted fish swinging and stripping streamers, nymphed with indicator rigs, skated hackle, and tossed a few dry flies around. Fish are crashing the banks chasing fry and baitfish around and giving away their positions in scum lines and seams sipping emerging caddis. With wide open spaces and very little traffic this time of year; and the plethora of planters and decent numbers of resident trout around, Tippy is a great place to learn casting and fly presentation with constant action. Best flies right now are small streamers (I like to have few different over under patterns in a few colors like olive/white and chart/white to match the hatch based on the conditions) and soft hackles in various sizes and colors. With a warming trend in the forecast for the remainder of the week look for the dry fly bite to pick up and towards the weekend the streamer game should coincide with the coming rain. If you are looking to learn how to fly fish or hone in your skills in different techniques give us a shout and spend a day with one of the Hawkins crew.

See ya out there,

Jon S.

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