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Old AuSable Fly Shop


Currently in Grayling, MI:



85° / 56°

SE 0 mph 29.94"

Waxing Gibbous

85° / 56 °

81° / 56 °

80° / 52 °

River Flows:

Mio Dam
816 ft³/s
Smith Bridge
117 ft³/s
Parmalee Bridge
615 ft³/s

River Reports

  • River Report & Grand Opening Info

    The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report July 23, 2015 Man the Summer moves quickly. Trout season opened three months  ago . . . seems like last week to me. And now here we are at the end of July, hos...
  • River Report July 15, 2015

    July 15, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report I’ll tell you what, if anyone thinks that a bluegill isn’t an absolutely fine fish, I’ll have to poke them in the eye.  In the group you’ve got bluegill, redear sunfish, green sunfish, longear sunfish, rockbass, and pumpkinseeds.  It’s an all-star line-up of fish that turn sideways to the pull, fight hard and just simply bite.  They are a young fisherman’s rite of passage and an older angler’s fountain of yo...
  • River Report July 7, 2015

    July 7, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report It’s Summer here in Michigan.  The season here is the epitome of Summertime.  It’s cook outs and noodle salad and it’s swimming in the lake and it’s camp fires and s’mores.  It’s about kids twirling sparklers and chasing fireflies.  And, of course, for us it’s fishing on placid lakes and jeweled streams.  It’s a time best served by spending it with friends and family.  When the rest of the world watches ...
  • 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...