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River Report - January 23, 2018

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report
Man, I’ve been out with the flu for about a week—feels like I’ve been gone a year.  If anyone needs anything from me or if I’ve lost track of something please don’t hesitate to ask.  My brain is still in a fog.

Anyway . . .

Here comes the normal.  Winter is settling in nicely to its normal rhythms and movements—at least for the foreseeable future.  That means this should be a peak in snowy activities.  The highs over the ten day forecast are in the realm of goodness.   Ice fishermen, snowmobilers, and skiers should be pleased and even though the heat of the day is on the high side, we will likely get some of the white stuff in the cooler hours and the days will be pleasant in the field.

If you can pull it off, there’s so much fun stuff to do in the winter when the weather settles.  It’s a great time to make some memories.  As much as I am not really a winter guy, I have so many fine times tucked into the back corners of my mind.  They stand out brightly against winter’s starkness.  I remember spending the day jigging for perch with one of my best friends through a spearing hole on Sugar Island.  I remember rabbit hunting with my uncles and Dad and brother on a perfect winter day in the swamp.  I remember the hunting trip I got lost when I was young and panicked and yelled help, and I remember my relief when my Dad busted through the balsams and we backtracked to find the rabbits he’d dropped while running to find me.   And, of course, that day last year when Gloria, Jack and I snowshoed together and ended the day sledding.  And the day I snowmobiled alone deep into the range and had a fire by that lake.  There are so many more . . . I guess that means I’m getting old.  It’s good to get old.

Make some of those for yourself.  Winter is only as bad as we let it be.  And it can be so much better than we expect.

The ice is solid on nearly all of the lakes in our area, but always be careful.  The snow scene is subpar but the trails are groomed and the hills are making snow every night.  There will be some trout fishing on the River on the warmer days.  Take everything every time you can get it and find the fun.

Take care,