Although the Manistee drainage didn’t receive the deluge southern Michigan did last weekend, the river is up over its flow of last week. Through the day, it continued to rise, which scattered the fish and inexplicably didn’t seem to bring up significant numbers of new fish. The near frost temps forecast for tonight, though, may help. Indeed, with falling water temps, maybe during the next 36 hours we’ll see the big push of fish that by historical marks should happen any day. Then, too, sunny skies with temps in the upper 60’s with cool nights are forecast for the rest of the week. With the river flow becoming more stable and clearing through the week, we could be set up for some gangbuster numbers of fish. Today, though, we worked hard, and my former professional educational colleagues, Dave and Tom, prevailed with hookups and kings landed. Flies taken were clown and charteuse egg flies. A special surprise was the pink salmon Dave landed. There it was, hump and all. All in all, we had a most enjoyable day together—catching up and sharing some laughs, chasing salmon, and shooting some pics for the memory book. Pictured are Tom and yours truly, Tom and Dave, and, of course, Dave’s pink.

Tom Kuieck