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October 2 : Au Sable and Manistee River Report

It’s the first week of October and with the end of September comes the end of the regular trout season in Michigan.  But the fish sure don’t seem to know it’s over.  Then again, maybe they do . . . all that the end of trout season means in the Au Sable and Manistee River Valleys is that the possession season ends. Trout fishermen are fortunate here in that every stretch of river that is governed under gear restricted regulations like “flies only” are opened year ‘round to catch and release fishing.

So maybe the trout do have some innate understanding that the kill season is over because we’ve had some success over the last few days.  Fishing remains spotty and day to day, but we’ve had a day here and there that makes time on the water very well spent.

Dry Fly Options

AlexOct2014Attractor dry fly fishing with nearly anything Coachman style has helped us to pull a rise here and there, but the real meat of the dry fly activity has been the fishing with fall Blue-Winged Olives.  Now this hatch isn’t going to happen in droves on any given day, so look for the warmer, cloud-filled afternoons for your best chance at success.

The boys had one of those the other day when the temperature topped out around sixty degrees and the skies never gave up the sun. The small Olives popped and then a steady trickle of the bigger size sixteen Olives showed up which had decent Brown and Brook Trout taking notice for the entire float trip.

It’s nice to have a day like that any time of the year, but it’s even better in October since that sort of dry fly rise will steadily give way to better and better streamer fishing and it won’t be long before the dry fly fishing is over until next Spring.

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Streamer Fishing

And streamer fishing is coming on nicely now. So far smaller flies seem to be the ticket, but bring the box full of big bugs with you too. The pre-spawn Brown Trout bite is one of the best of the season and is all in front of us.

Stevewang

Michigan in October

October is arguably the best month of the year for Michigan sportsmen. Bow season is now underway and upland bird season is in full swing. It’s a month full of promise and hope, and, for me, I hope I find some grouse ‘cause the pickens have been slim so far.  Good luck out there!

I’ll see you on the River,

Andy

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