I Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving !!!  I know I enjoyed a little break with some fishing with Heather and Clint and  I got to ride my Mtn. Bike, it felt so good to be back on the bike.  Steelhead fishing on the Pere Marquette was much tougher last week. With a big low pressure system and heavy angling pressure, due to the Holiday the bite was much tougher.  We definitely had to work for it.  We’re still seeing a few fresher fish moving into the system, water is dropping though and getting clear again.   Steelhead are getting spooky and are using the wood a lot to take cover. Try Swinging flies or Stripping Flies  to entice them out of the log jams.   Streamers that imitate baitfish patterns can work well.  Sculpins,Gobies and Alewife type patterns when the light is low can trigger some aggressive takes. For the Indicator Angler , smaller Nuke Eggs in more natural colors will work well with the colder, clearer water.  As winter starts to take hold try some nymphs too, when water temps really drop. Green Rock Worms, Hex’s and Smaller Stoneflies can work well.   Check out the December Issue of Michigan out of Doors magazine with a great bit written by Nick Green Editor and Chief of the magazine on his first day Swinging flies for Steelhead ever.  We had a blast and I think he’s hooked. . . just ordered a Echo rod and Airflo line. 😊

Pics from the week.   Tyler with a well deserved first Steelhead on the swing.  (Nice Job) Bob with a nice PM Steelhead. Matt finds a couple chromers with these nice fish.  John at the age of 88 still has it, here he is with a nice Steelhead. “Hope to be fishing as good as he does when I’m 88.” Tom gets this Steelhead on a Oregon Cheese Nuke Egg.   Myself with a beast of a fish on the swing.  Karen was all smiles with this nice Steelhead.