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November 28 : Au Sable & Manistee River Report

What a wild weather week it’s been in Northern Michigan. Right after last week’s report we got so much snow that I could hardly drive to my hunting spot. I was literally plowing snow with my truck and had the white stuff pushing up over the hood. The walk from the car to the blind was a trudge in nearly knee deep snow. It looked like the beginning of another huge polar vortex winter. I was just about to buy my one way plane ticket to anywhere South when Mother Nature stepped in and gave us a two day nearly 50 degree gift and the warm rain that came with it melted every last flake of snow.

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Like I said—crazy weather. All that snow melt and rain got the rivers rising and the mild weather set up a nice fishing window. The folks that took advantage of the opportunity had a fine time fishing small streamers. Brown trout slashed violently at flies twitched and jigged slowly in all the likely feeding lies.

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It’s like that now and throughout the winter. When the weather breaks and warms, we’ll have a chance at some fine angling. Most winters aren’t like last year’s frigid, locked-in winter. Most winters we have little bright spots and my advice is to get out there and get some air on your face while stretching a line on a good trout. It helps the winter go by and you’ll be glad you did it.

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But as it too often happens, I did not or in this case could not take my own advice.

I shot a nice seven point and had to process it. I believe in cutting my own deer. It just makes it better and I like going through the process and making good food for my family. I like taking the animal through the whole thing. I like eating clean meat and I like selling flies tied with the hair from a deer that drank from the Au Sable. There’s some magic in it.

Since then the snow has come back and we’re going to keep a positive attitude and think about skiing and snowshoeing and a white Christmas. Winter is good for that. It’s good until about February. We’ll see how the report reads then.

Until then . . .

I hope you’ve had great Thanksgiving and you find a way to enjoy the outdoors,

Andy

Comments

  • steve schoonover

    I cant wait to get back up there, this will be my first year winter fishing with a fly, hope everyone had a great thanksgiving

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  • Jon Osborn

    Andy,

    Beautiful post about a memorable experience.

    And I concur with your musings on deer hunting.

    Well said, well said.

    OZ

    Reply
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