We woke up the next morning, after a lot of discussion on where to fish, we were in route to the Big Manistee River, new river, more water, and a full string of steelhead be carried up the boat launch by a local, yup it looked promising. Two trout, a crazy interaction with a guide (Joey cutting a hook out of his face), and a moldy King salmon follow later, we were scratching our heads. We rowed out with about 2 hours left till dark, we aren't giving up just yet. We headed back up to the dam, it wasn't long before I had a fish jumping a running around on the end of my line, I got it in, Yup its a steelhead, but its only about 18 inches. I'll take it!
That was the only steelhead we landed in 2 days, so it was back to the bar for a couple beers and a burger, then a couple card games and some beer back at the cabin.
I would love to go back, The PM was an awesome river and we saw about 10 people all day, steelhead sightings were about 10, but hey what can you do.
|Little wild Manistee Steelhead|