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Old AuSable Fly Shop


Currently in Grayling, MI:



67° / 41°

West 0 mph 29.80"

Waning Gibbous

67° / 41 °

77° / 47 °

78° / 51 °

River Flows:

Mio Dam
930 ft³/s
Smith Bridge
138 ft³/s
Parmalee Bridge
701 ft³/s

River Reports

  • July 1, 2015 River Report

    The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report July 1, 2015 What a Hex season it’s been.  Such a crazy time on the Au Sable.  The big flies come out by the many thousands and create an audible hum of flapping insect wings at dark and the big trout slip out of their log jams and sensibilities and succumb to an armada of anglers armed with row boats and riverboats. And well equipped anglers dangle fine feathered offerings to those lunkers.
  • River Report June 24, 2915

    The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report June 24, 2015 It’s the end of June and there’s only one word that fly fishermen want to hear—Hex.  The long fabled, Michigan Hexagenia Limbata hatch is the stuff of legend.  Over the years, legions of fly anglers worldwide have come to our beloved Crawford County to ply the waters and try their luck on our streams and to match wits with the thick shouldered and rarely fooled trophy brown trout of the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers....
  • June 17, 2015 River Report

    Hello Folks this is Andy with the Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Okay, we’ve had enough rain now.  We didn’t get nearly the deluge that was predicted and we didn’t get as much as the folks downstate, but we did get enough to pump up the Au Sable River to spring run-off levels.  The North Branch of the Au Sable and the ever clear Manistee held up very well and remained good and fishable since the rains but the South Branch and the Mainstream of the Au Sable flexed their mu...
  • Au Sable & Manistee River Report : 6-11-2015

    Free Fishing Weekend June 13 & 14th. Au Sable River anglers are all a bit bleary-eyed.  We’ve been chasing the Brown Drake hatch in every corner of the river system.  Most of the Au Sable still has the big drakes and that should continue for the coming week, and though the hatch has climaxed, we’re still getting some fresh hatchers and some less consistent spinnerfalls. The hatch progression is moving.  You should go to the river expecting Sulphurs, march b...
  • Au Sable & Manistee River Report : 6/4/2015

    Nothing but good news this week. Brown Drakes have started in the Au Sable system.  It happened right on the tail of last week’s report.   Since then, we’ve been able to get in on some great fishing to both hatching daytime drakes and to thick mating flights of the big, size ten and twelve bugs when the weather has allowed. And the fishing was rounded out nicely with a diverse cast of other insects.  Sulphurs are everywhere on both the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers and ar...
  • Au Sable & Manistee River Report : 5-28-2015

    What a crazy Spring.  We’ve had amazing mid-eighty degree weather that was followed up by mornings in the twenties.  The weather has been a yoyo spinning between unseasonably warm and unseasonably cold temperatures, and flashing between dusty dry spells and multi-day soppers.  It’s made the fishing just as schizophrenic. That said, it’s been a pretty good ride.  Especially, if last May is the measure.  Things are much improved this year, if even still a little screwy.  We...
  • Au Sable & Manistee River Report : 5/21/2015

    Man I’m feeling good.  The rivers are in great shape.  The fishing is waking up more every day.  The shop is coming together and looking fantastic.  We’ve made that place new and now it’s time to make it old again.   Time to make it ours.  All of ours. We’ve got the best crew of shop guys and guides and tyers that I’ve ever had the privilege of working with—knowledgeable and skilled through and through.  Tyers like Jerry Regan and the most prolific bug twister I’v...
  • Au Sable & Manistee River Report : 5/14/2015

    Spring keeps marching on and with it so does everything in nature.  The spring fly hatches are no exception.  Hendricksons continue to emerge on all reaches of the Au Sable, of course, some days are better than others and that hatch is getting a little long in the tooth.  That said, the mating flights have been delayed by recent cool and even cold nights.  The bugs just haven’t been able to fall to their full potential.  Thousands in the air that keep flying back to the trees.  It’s...
  • Au Sable & Manistee River Report : 5-7-2015

    Though it took a little longer than we expected, the fishing is finally getting going.  We’ve had the Hendrickson hatch now for about ten days and each day the fish have taken a bit more notice.  It was a slow start to the season but the trout fishing is light years better than last May.  And it’s promising to get even better now that the black caddis and Hendrickson mating flights have started. It has been a strange Spring, however, so the things you thought you knew about
  • Au Sable & Manistee River Report : May 1, 2015

    The opener has come and gone and the fishing has been improving ever since. The overnight lows have rebounded to the 30’s which does a lot for the fishing as compared to the teens. With the warmer overnight temps the fishing has been better and the bug life has been stronger. I have seen and heard of decent Hendrickson reports on the Main and North Branches of the Au Sable River, with just a dribble of bugs on the South Branch yet. The upper end of the Manistee River has had bugs and rising...