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Old AuSable Fly Shop


Currently in Grayling, MI:


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River Flows:

Mio Dam
1190 ft³/s
Smith Bridge
230 ft³/s
Parmalee Bridge
1010 ft³/s

Camping the Rivers


Looking to camp and fish? You have a lot of campgrounds from which to choose.  While most are on one of the Rivers, you won’t likely be perched overlooking the river.  Most sites are nicely wooded, semi-private and usually quiet. 

 If you need electric hook-ups your options are a bit more limited.  The best choice in that case is Hartwick Pines State Park.  You won’t be camping on the river but the there are two trout lakes (Bright and Glory) in the park and headwaters of the East Branch of the Au Sable flows through the park as well.  The river there is small and brushy and filled with small brook trout. 

The other state campgrounds in the area are primitive campgrounds with a water spigot and pit toilets.  These campgrounds are a “put your money” in the post type registration and are first come first serve.  The sites can accommodate tents and small campers.  On the “Holy Waters”, there are two primitive campgrounds worth a look.  Burton’s Landing at the beginning of the flies only water. Here’s a link.   And the one I like best—Keystone Landing.  Keystone has a cedar chipped path that parallels the river and offers three sets of stairs for access.  

Another campground on the Au Sable for consideration is Canoe Harbor Campground on the South Branch of the Au Sable.  It is situated near the end of the Mason Tract and, so, offers lots of river access.  The Tract offers 11 miles of river with public banks on both sides and a hiking trail that loosely parallels the river for that entire length.  Here’s the link.

On the Manistee there are a number of  places I would recommend.   One is right at the M-72 Bridge.  Here’s the link.  Goose Creek is another good place to stay.  You can find it here.

All of the state campgrounds in our area are pretty nice—wooded, clean, and well kept.  I generally tell folks to be versatile and arrive early enough to scout the campgrounds and pick the one with the least number of other people. 

No matter where you camp, you will likely fish in a number of different locations during your stay.  When you stop by the shop, we’ll point you to where the bugs are hatching and to stretches that have been fishing well.  Sometimes that’s right outside your tent, but sometimes that information will take you on a trip down the road.