Traverse City Flyfishing
Traverse City Michigan is one of the lower forty-eight states'
truly great fly fishing destinations. An angler can find hundreds
of miles of Blue Ribbon trout streams like the Manistee, Ausable
and Pere Marquette and dozens of quality inland lakes. Within an
one and one-half hour driving radius a fly fisher can find good
to excellent fly fishing for trout, steelhead, salmon (3 species),
small and large mouth bass, walleye, pike and panfish. In addition
Traverse City offers the non-angling members of your party quality
shopping, dining, golfing and entertainment.
The area rivers, including the Manistee, Ausable and the Pere Marquette
boast quality fly-fishing for brown, rainbow and brook trout with
all of these rivers offering flies only stretches with quality fishing
regulations. Within a one-half hour of the Grand Traverse Bay in
Traverse City you can be standing in the cold clear waters of the
Manistee in a flies only stretch challenging the wily old brown
trout or admiring the beauty of a highly colored brook trout. We
have trout rising to dry flies from April to Oct. The streamer and
nymph fishing are productive year round. The major hatches include
the world famous hex hatch where you have a chance at a trout up
to 30"s fishing at night. In addition we have terrific Hendricksen,
Sulphur, Isonychia, and Brown and Gray drake hatches. Later in the
season Blue Wing Olives and Effrons (white fly) become major players
bringing large trout to the surface.
Spring and fall bring the anadromous fish into the rivers to spawn.
Starting in September steelhead and salmon ascend the rivers. The
king and coho salmon are looking for spawning gravel while the steelhead
are looking to dine on the banquet of eggs produced by the salmon.
There is no greater thrill in freshwater fly fishing than hooking
a dime bright fall steelhead on a fly. Or try landing a thirty-pound
king salmon on fly tackle with 8 or 10 pound test tippet. The steelhead
are available all winter long in the rivers around Traverse City.
There is nothing more beautiful than a nice winter day on the river
with just you and your fishing companions chasing winter steelhead.
Come March the spring run of steelhead gets under way; it keeps
us hopping until the beginning of May. It isn’t uncommon to
hook 10 steelhead a day in our area rivers. These hard fighting
fish provide as much fun on a fly rod as is possible. Some years
you can spend one day fishing for steelhead and the next chasing
brown trout upstream above the dams that stop the migration.
If you are interested in lake fishing we have dozens of lakes that
produce well for fly anglers. Some of the best fishing is found
in Grand Traverse Bay. Both Smallmouth Bass and Carp are found in
significant numbers and large in size. A twenty-pound carp is common
and available 15 minutes from downtown Traverse City. Large Smallmouth spawn in the shallows of the Bay and are susceptible to a well-placed
fly. All of the area lakes host hatches of large mayflies during
the summer. A quality guide can put you into some tremendous fly-fishing
in the evenings hooking bass, large pan fish, and other warm water
Traverse City boosts great accommodations for the time you spend
relaxing after hard days fishing. There are literally thousands
of rooms available in all types, from five star resorts to cozy
cabins on the river. Dining and golf are as varied also. There is
a symphony and a playhouse, museum and a college almost all big
city amenities are available to a visiting angler. Choose your type
of trip and it can be found.
Year round quality fly angling with a variety of species and water
types are our claim to fame. Beautiful settings, a variety of entertainment,
abundant amenities and more fishing opportunities than can be outlined
here describe Traverse City. If you are looking for quality angling
in a wonderful northern Michigan setting, Traverse City is the place