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Fly Fishing The Pere Marquette River
This river starts in the Pere Marquette National Forest in
Central Western Michigan and flows into Lake Michigan.
It's Little South and Middle Branch converge near
Marlborough to form the main branch of the Pere
Marquette. The Baldwin River, the Big South Branch,
Walden and Kinney creeks also contribute their water to
the river farther downstream. It is one of Michigan's
better salmon, steelhead and brown trout rivers. It is
also the first stream in the United States where German
Brown Trout were stocked.
The upper main stem of the river and the Little South
Branch are both fine small stream fisheries. They
probably only average just over twenty feet or so.
Browns up to twenty inches can be caught in this section
of the river. The larger part of the river begins at
Gleason's Landing located a few miles downstream. The
stream is much larger and deeper in this section. Most
of it can be waded but many prefer to fish it from a drift
boat. Fly fishing the Pere Marquette River is good either
The river is spring fed and maintains a good water
chemistry for trout and aquatic insects. All of its tributary
streams are spring fed. As you will see in the hatches
section, there are a large number of hatches that occur
on the river.
The season varies depending on the species of fish.
Springtime is the best time for the hatches and dry fly
fishing for trout. Steelhead enter the river in early March
and fishing can be good during April and May.
Salmon enter the river in late summer. Night fishing the
big drake hatches for trout is popular.
Fall steelhead fishing begins. Salmon fishing is in its
prime. Great brown trout fishing time.
Steelhead fishing can be good all winter
Fly Fishing Guide to the Pere Marquette River
The techniques and strategies you use first depends on
the species of fish you are trying to catch and the time
of year area of water you are fishing. (Click Here To
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