Au Sable Winter Fishing 2014
It’s been a hard early winter in Northern Michigan. It’s been cold, cold enough to think that mid 20′s is perfect to streamer fish. This past week has been very good even though most days were to cold to go. I’m addicted to it so I go and deal with ice in the guides, cold hands, bad roads to and from the river and problematic boat launches. But it’s worth it….definitely.
Marv with an Au Sable River 25.5″ male
Marv’s fish above came on a 4″ black leech, a deadly winter fly in any section of river. These days we are not looking for numbers, just the bigguns. Not many anglers are willing to deal with it and even fewer clients are but it’s fun and it happens to be about the only time I have off to play anymore. It doesn’t really seem to matter what fly is tied on as long as it swims. We have been fishing many deceiver type flies. Basically a Sedotti Slammer that has been extended, with different hooks and a few articulated shanks. They swim good and the brown trout have responded.
Bob Hinds with a 25.75″ hen
One of the days too cold to fish this past week, Bob came over to Traverse City and we spent an afternoon tying. We talked about his upcoming trip to Arkansas and tied some bugs. Two days later Bob had this big one come out and swipe a couple of times before the eat. A big post spawn hen that is fattening up to survive the winter.
Anthony and I with a 25.5″ hen
Between the two big ones we had a few hours of nothing, 4 hours to be exact. No signs of life, not a turn, not a follow, didn’t even spook one…then this one committed suicide. She ate an 8 inch chartreuse deceiver tied on a TMC 600SP 1/0. That is a very good hook but it’ll cost you. If this is the end result when they eat, I have no problem with the price. I’ve missed enough fish to last a lifetime. I know there will be more missed fish but some hooks grab better than others and I’m willing to pay for that.
In two weeks I’ll be heading south to White River. I’m getting very anxious to get down there. This past week was a very good pre game for the main show, 3 fish in the Clacka over 25.5 inches and I’m ready for more.
Now we just need the weather to cooperate.
Happy New Year to All!