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2017 River Reports Archive


River Report - December 30, 2017

Here we go!  It’s ice fishing time now.  The winter blast is upon us.  We normally average about thirty degrees this time of year but the current ten day forecast is lo
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River Report - December 20, 2017

We’re moving out of the in between time.  That time in December that when deer season is ending and grouse season is winding down.   And the ice fishing hasn’t quite
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River Report - December 7, 2017

The first big winter blast is here and it looks like the freeze is upon us for the foreseeable future.  Part of me wants to say, “bring it on”.   Part of me wants to
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River Report - November 21, 2017

Rain.  It’s rained and snowed and the wind has blown and the sun disappeared for most of the deer season so far.  We’ve hunted in the grimpen mire.  And most folks in
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River Report - November 7, 2017

Anglers are moving those brown trout around in fair numbers.  The bigger streamers seem to be garnering attention but smaller flies in the three inch range are the best bet—you s
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River Report - October 27, 2017

With a heavy snap of the switch it just all changed.  We got everything we were asking for and more.  The temperature dropped quickly enough to warrant a one log fire salute t
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River Report - October 10, 2017

We’ve continued with the Summer-like weather trend for the entire Fall so far and it’s been a tourism boon to our little Northern Michigan communities.  Folks love the warm and
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River Report - October 7, 2017

Gotta admit, I’m struggling out there in the Grouse and Woodcock covers so far this year, and a lot of my friends are as well.  We had good drumming early this year and nesting s
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River Report - September 28, 2017

I spent a week in Wyoming chasing Sage Grouse.   It’d been too long since I’d visited the West.  The Wyoming grasslands were spectacular with wide vistas and rolling
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River Report - September 27, 2017

Brown Trout Safari

Late fall is an excellent time to hunt for big post spawn Brown Trout with streamers. This hardcore fishing trip is pla
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River Report - September 23, 2017

So much for Summer being over—we’re up against a September heat wave like I’ve never seen.   The weather man says we’re going push the mercury toward the ninety degree
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River Report - September 11, 2017

And just like that Summer is over.  Our spectacular Spring fishing stirs the beehive of activity and the shop doors swing open and shut with eager anglers for many months until Sum
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Labor Day 2017

The last of our best hatches is in full flight—the White Fly hatch below Mio Dam is a spectacle of nature.  The White Flies, or Ephrons, emerge, mate, and spin in epic numbers on
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River Report - August 15, 2017

It’s hard to believe how well the daytime fishing is holding up so far this August.  I took Jack on a float this past week for his first ever trout fishing trip.  We dropped
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River Report - August 14, 2017

It’s hard to believe how well the daytime fishing is holding up so far this August.  I took Jack on a float this past week for his first ever trout fishing trip.  We dropped
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River Report - August 11, 2017

Trout fishing on the streams of Northern Michigan is holding up very well so far this Summer.  Usually, the stream conditions deteriorate as the Summer rolls along.  The water
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River Report - August 7, 2017

Whew! My shoulders are officially lowered.  I just spent a week with my fine wife and sweet little boy exploring the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

It’s been nearl
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River Report - July 12, 2017

The shift into the Summer trout season is here in Crawford County.  The June hatches are largely over and are sputtering to a solid end.  That said, savvy anglers would be wis
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The Old Ausable Hex Fishing Report

The Hex hatch is rolling on the Au Sable.  And the fishing has been great.

It has been the strangest emergence I’ve ever witnessed.  Our river is a giant spring creek
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

Big bug fever has caught fire here in Northern Michigan.  And for god reason—big mayflies mean big trout.  The Brown Drake hatch has been great and the Iconychia’s and Gra
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

It’s been a cool spring, but now as we wade deeper into June, we’re getting summer warmth and we’re getting some heat on those riverside muck banks.  The Brown Drakes nymphs
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

Happy day, the glory of June is upon us.  June is simply the best fishing month on Northern Michigan streams.  It’s time to take all of your vacation or a sabbatical or some
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

We’re set up for some fantastic fishing here on the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.  Frankly, every trout stream in Michigan should show its medal this week.  Water conditions
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

First off I’d like to let everyone know that this is the one hundred and fifty sixth episode of the Old Au Sable Fly Fishing radio broadcast report.  It is also with this report
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

We’re on the precipice of a fantastic May storm.  Not the swirling dark and drizzle that soaks the landscape and knocks down trees, but on an ideal chain of events and conditions
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Old Au Sable Fall Streamer Weekend

2017 OAFS Streamer Weekend October 6th, 7th, and 8th

And Again On November 3rd, 4th, and 5th

Streamer fishing is the most consistent way to find large predatory trout. Joi
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

Trout season 2017 is well underway.  We saw the best trout opening day that we’ve had in years.   The weather opened up just enough and collided with a sliver of decent
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

The opening week of trout season has arrived.  And with an extremely warm, dry week acting as a prelude, the stage is set for the best opening week we’ve seen in years.  Wat
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

So close.  We’re so close to some fine dry fly fishing here in wondrous Northern Michigan on the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.  May just happen by the time you eager anglers
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

Here we are riding the chutes and ladders of Spring weather.  And we love it because the cold days are getting just that much warmer and the warm days are flat beautiful Northern M
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

We’ve just endured winter’s last stand here in Northern Michigan—I hope.  That cranky old man shook his fist at us once again and we took it on the chin a little but his punc
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

The terrible thing about working in a fly shop is that when the weather gets nice, you get busy.  We had a fine, sunny day in the fifties this week and, of course, I was locked in
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

The Spring egg is starting to hatch.  There are of small, mid-forty degree cracks in the ten day weather report that show promise for outdoor enthusiasts.   Plenty of tho
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

Remind me to never again poke fun at the groundhog.  Turns out that Punxsatauny Phil is a spiteful little cur.

Welcome to March in Northern Michigan.  In like Lion—a
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

I’m not quite sure what that Punxsutawney Phil fool was thinking on Groundhog’s Day when he prophesized six more weeks of winter, but it sure doesn’t look like we should ever take
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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

Sorry folks for some reason (learning the software) this didn’t post timely but is still very much relevant.  

I like this waking up every morning to thin coating of fresh
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River Report - January 27, 2017

I remember winters like this.  I remember mid-winter warm-ups where the ground went bare in February and the snowshoe hares glowed white against brown ground.  I like those wi
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River Report - January 19, 2017

Ice fishing season continues to blossom here in Northern Michigan.  Nearly all of the inland lakes have at least some fishable ice conditions.  Although, the extreme warm-up h
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River Report - January 9, 2017

Winter has struck the heart of Northern Michigan.  We’re in a snowy deep freeze for the foreseeable future.  That means, for the fisherfolks in our area, that we’re locked
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River Report - December 29, 2016

We’ve been twisting in the “between time” here in Northern Michigan. Every year there’s a time when winter appears and shuts down the fall fun but doesn’t quite wield enough b
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