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Manistee River Below Tippy Fishing Report


Jan 22nd, 2015


Winter steelhead fishing can be harsh on the hands, face, feet, and any other body part that is in contact with the winter temperatures. But one of the warmest feelings that I enjoy about winter fishing is the pure quiet nature of the sport. With very little additional boat traffic on most days, the river seems a little more peaceful this time of year. An example from yesterday is our first spot we pulled into had two fully mature bald eagles resting above us in the tree tops, and after a few casts we had a nice fish on the end of our line. Do eagles help mark the spots we should fish? I hope so.

Anyway if you enjoy just getting out and seeing mother nature, not seeing many people then your like us and enjoy winter fishing. The Big River continues to produce some nice fish on a daily bases, and even though you have to put in your casts anglers are being rewarded.

River is it's normal flow and normal color for this time of year, ramps are in good shape, and fish seem pretty much spread out. No section is fishing better or worse than another, as over the past couple trips we have had the chance to fish from High Bridge to the Farm House. With the big ice jam only clogging up the last mile or so of river. Plenty of open water for the weekend.

If your in the Lansing area come by and say hi to Ed and I. We will be tying flies with Nomand Anglers this coming Wednesday night. Check out the blog at Nomad Anglers for more details.

Jon Ray

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