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2015 River Reports Archive


River Report - Christmas Day 2015

Happy Holidays everyone.

While it wasn’t a white Christmas, it is a good old fashioned Holiday Season here in Northern Michigan. A severe windstorm on December 23rd toppled tre
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River Report - December 17, 2015

The mild December continues and, while I’m still hoping for a white Christmas, the reality is that old man winter is limping along and the big chill likely won’t arrive until Januar
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River Report - December 10, 2015

So far, for me, this December has been a welcome change from the snow-laden, winter vortex, Holiday seasons of the last two years. Sure, the ice fishing gear is still stowed and the sno
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River Report - December 3, 2015

What’s that saying about closing a window and opening a door, or something?  I can’t quite remember, but I do know the Whitetailed Deer rifle season sort of puts the woods on l
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Thanksgiving

What a beautiful sight it is to wake to snow falling softly in the woods outside your window.  There’s peace in it.  And the thin blanket of white brightens the black and gr
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River Report - November 19, 2015

We’re in the thick of November and things are really starting to heat up.

The unseasonably warm weather made for a fairly slow beginning to the firearm, white-tailed deer seaso
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River Report - November 12, 2015

It’s the annual white-tailed deer rifle season this week in Michigan.  The orange army is pulling on their red wool and rubber boots and taking to the woods in search of the elus
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River Report - November 5, 2015

It is impossible to talk about the fishing in Northern without breaking down the weather.   The two are cemented together and how one goes, so goes the other.

The weath
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River Report - October 29, 2015

We’ve finally found the Fall weather fishermen were waiting for. The remnants of hurricane Patricia served up an all-day soaking rain complete with the dense cloud cover that fisherme
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River Report - October 21, 2015

What a great time I’ve had this week. There’s so much good stuff happening in the North woods and I was lucky enough to take some well needed days off to enjoy some of the reasons w
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River Report - October 15, 2015

Fall colors have exploded here in Northern Michigan. It took a while for the change to happen this year, but now it has and the roadways, river bottoms, and lakeshores are awash in brig
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River Report - October 8, 2015

I don’t know if you call this an Indian Summer just yet, but we keep getting dips and valleys in the weather that are highlighted by beautiful sunny, warm days here in Northern Michig
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River Report - October 1, 2015

It’s fair to say that the worm has turned. Gone is the Summertime-like weather that pushed so late into September and now true Fall conditions have slid into Northern Michigan. And wi
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River Report - September 23, 2015

Welcome to the official beginning of Fall! Hands down my favorite time of the year.

There is so much to be positive about. The weather is perfect. And I mean perfect. We’re see
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River Report - September 16, 2015

Well, let’s call it a fishing report with a solid dose of Grouse report in the mix. It can be hard to focus when there are two equally great ways to spend time in the outdoors. And, a
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River Report - September 12, 2015

Season change is upon us. Summer sunshine has given way to Fall rains and cooler weather. September is a fine month in Northern Michigan. It is marked by mild, seventy-degree temperatur
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Alex Lafkas - Old Au Sable Fly Shop Guide - It Began With Rusty Gates

My first dive into fly fishing occurred when I was 15. It was the first summer I lived with Rusty Gates at his home off Black Bear Dr. He and Julie provided a roof over my head, food, a
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River Report - September 3, 2015

You know what they say about the weather in Michigan? It’s as streaky as the Detroit Tigers offense this year - extra hot or extra cold and totally unpredictable.

But the ebbs
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River Report - August 28, 2015

You just can’t beat a late August cool down. At least when you’re a Northern Michigan sportsman. Though August means the height of Summertime and all the fun that comes with it, for
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River Report - August 20, 2015

All too often in the month of August, prolonged hot and dry spells really put the damper on daytime, stream trout fishing. Anglers are generally pushed to the smallest hours of the nigh
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River Report - August 12, 2015

I took a couple of much needed days off this week. It’s just working in a fly shop, but work still isn’t play and everyone needs an occasional breather. Just because you talk about
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River Report - August 6, 2015

Thunderstorms are enthralling at the beginning when the skies quickly blacken and the light changes strangely and the thunder rolls. Last week I watched through the window as the hail c
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Grand Opening & River Report - July 29, 2015

The first hot spell of Summer has come and gone. We all know that trout like their environs cold and wet and in late July and August those conditions can be tough to come by. The stuff
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River Report & Grand Opening Info - 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, hosting the 68th annual Au Sable Canoe Marat
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River Report - July 15, 2015

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, gr
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River Report - July 7, 2015

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
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River 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
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River 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
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River Report - June 17, 2015

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
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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.&n
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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 be
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River Report - May 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 unseasonabl
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River Report - May 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 t
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River Report - May 14, 2015

Spring keeps marching on and with it so does everything in nature.  The spring fly hatches are no exception.  Hendricksons continue to emerge on all reaches of the Au Sable, o
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River Report - May 7, 2015

Though it took a little longer than we expected, the fishing is finally getting going.  We’ve had the Hendrickson hatch now for about ten days and each day the fish have taken a
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Fly Fishing Links - May 6, 2015

It's been an absolutely beautiful few days here in the north country so understandably you're probably a bit behind on your reading. Well, have no fear, we're here with some of the late
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River Report - May 1, 2015

The opener has come and gone and the fishing has been improving ever since. The overnight lows have rebounded to the 30’s which does a lot for the fishing as compared to the teens. Wi
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Up North Travel Guide - May 1-3, 2015

Heading to our neck of the woods this weekend? Well, as usual, there's plenty to do in those spare hours when you aren't on the river. If those exist, that is.

WEATHER
Good ne
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DNR Statewide Fishing Reports

Hello again, friends. The DNR Fishing Report just came across the email wires and I'm going to post it here for the benefit of those who don't sub to the DNR mailing list (or, you know,
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River Report - April 28, 2015

The turkeys are strutting, the crocus’s are sprouting in the garden, and the spring peepers are singing all day long in the swamps.  It’s Spring here in Northern Michigan and o
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Field Reports - April 28, 2015

We received a couple reports on the fishing this weekend from our friends, and we're going to share those today. Remember, if you'd like to see your name up in lights on the Old Au Sabl
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River Report - April 23, 2015

The sun hanging long in the sky; pushing warmth into the riverbed and through back of that hanger weary fishing shirt . . . boy last week was something special.  It was easy to get
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Beginner Tips From a Beginner Angler

I spend most of my days chained to a computer desk in a bunker deep below the fly shop (personal preference – no need to alert the authorities) but sometimes I still get the urge to h
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Around The Bend - Fly Fishing Links - April 21, 2015

With spring blossoming around the country there's plenty of ink and pixels devoted to fly fishing right now. We've gathered up some of the best and most interesting links right here for
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