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There are times in our lives when we stop the dreaming and decide to make the object a reality and so it was Sunday morning when I decided to stop daydreaming about fishing the Betsie River above Thompsonville and just Git Er Done!

This was a typical August morning that started off sunny and cool but would soon warm and make this fisherman thankful for breathable waders. As I arrived at the river I knew this was my day as there were no other vehicles around and as I was about to enter the river a large doe on the hillside of the opposite bank stood there trying to isolate my position.

The clear rock and gravel strewn river made me glad that I had kept this mornings appointment with the river. My first cast placed the brown stone fly right where I wanted it and no sooner than it entered the hole I felt the tug of a fish. This was going to be a good day I thought. And so it was on almost every cast I found a fish, not all monsters but some rather respectable. Each cast seemed destined to fall where I had hoped and as I proceeded downriver my anticipation was high for that one fish that would make the day a moment to remember during the snowy months of winter.

This day taught me that the upper Betsie had a magnificent fishery albeit it was a creek chub fishery but I certainly caught some of the largest chubs of my life. With that in mind I decided it too nice of a day to spend it here and so I wandered off to the Platte while wondering where the trout in the Betsie might go on days like this one.
 

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I was rolling my eyes reading your post before the last paragraph.

Grass Lake Flooding warms the river too much to make it good for trout.
 

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I was up there this past weekend hoping to locate some silver salmon in some of my favorite holes, but found none also. No trout and no salmon, but the mosquitos were plentiful!!:mad:
 

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How is that water level looking on the Betsie. I was thinking of trout fishing next week as well. Dont really care if I catch any. Just looking for water level information. Normal? A little above normal? Low?

Thanks in advance.
 

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How is that water level looking on the Betsie. I was thinking of trout fishing next week as well. Dont really care if I catch any. Just looking for water level information. Normal? A little above normal? Low?

Thanks in advance.
I was there this past weekend and it was low! Heard of very vew salmon in and didn't see any myself in my spots I know of early kings.
 

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Pretty funny post there! I was reading it and thinking to myself...is there a different Betsie River near T-ville? :lol:
 

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I always catch plenty of trout when I fish the upper betsie, the problem is that they tend to be on the smallish side. There are a few spots that are deep and cold enough to hold decent sized trout but you have to be willing to cover quite a bit of ground.
 

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Discussion Starter · #8 ·
One nice thing about the Platte & Pere Marquette is that on nice days they have some great aluminum hatches complete with eye candy to supplement slow fishing!
 
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