Fishing Report

South Branch dreaming

South Branch dreaming

Au Sable River Cleanup Sign Up: It’s time to sign up for river cleanup 2015!  This is a family friendly and fun event that covers all three branches of the Au Sable, and the big waters below Mio dam.  The date is Saturday, September 12.  The upper river cleanup is held at Gates Au Sable Lodge.  Please call (989-348-8462) or email ([email protected]) to sign up, or to find out more, or click here.  The lower water cleanup is held below Mio.  To sign up, or for further info on the big water cleanup, contact Tom Buhr at [email protected] Grab a friend, spouse, or the entire family, and head to the river.  Together we can make the river better for everyone. —————————————————– 08/26/2015  Usually when I get a day off with another guide/shop worker the urge is to go somewhere new and different.  But a cool, crisp day punctuated by Lake Michigan-spawned rain showers whispered nothing if not South Branch.  It felt like fall but it wasn’t, really.  A few of the river maples had some red leaves, but the air was still August air…just cold August air.  And the brookies, though aggressive, weren’t fully in spawning dress.  And the browns were simply non-responsive.  When a South Branch brown doesn’t want to feed, they are simply GONE.  “As hidden as a South Branch brown” could be a new saying, applied to almost any situation involving concealment. In fact, the only adult brown we saw came from this strange clay pool in the middle of the float.  There the river is pushed into a steep bank by an enormous log jam... read more
The first of the flying ants

The first of the flying ants

Au Sable River Cleanup Sign Up: It’s time to sign up for river cleanup 2015!  This is a family friendly and fun event that covers all three branches of the Au Sable, and the big waters below Mio dam.  The date is Saturday, September 12.  The upper river cleanup is held at Gates Au Sable Lodge.  Please call (989-348-8462) or email ([email protected]) to sign up, or to find out more, or click here.  The lower water cleanup is held below Mio.  To sign up, or for further info on the big water cleanup, contact Tom Buhr at [email protected] Grab a friend, spouse, or the entire family, and head to the river.  Together we can make the river better for everyone. —————————————————– 08/20/15   The hot weather and dark nights have made for some excellent night fishing this past week.  Tank Ron said he caught more nice fish in three nights this year than all last year combined.   We’ve had reports of huge fish and good times on a quiet and uncrowded and VERY dark river. The other night, Matt and I went to a very familiar stretch of water, turned off our lights, and stood there, silent.  The forest dripped.  The river gurgled.  But I couldn’t see a thing.  It was, at first, no different than if a cool, slightly damp black towel were wrapped around my face.  The eyes adjusted as we fished, at first blindly…and then the river appeared as a sliver of glare between banks of shadow and beyond that, high up, stood the shoulders of pines.  At night, the river seems bigger to the eyes, smaller... read more
Summer Fade

Summer Fade

08/12/15 You can’t say it feels like fall, because it doesn’t. But it doesn’t feel like June either. The lightning bugs have finished flashing. The Monarch has emerged from the cocoon we had in a container on our dining room table. The veggies are ripe in the garden. And the white flies are coming below Mio. This is that slow summer fade, where we sit suspended between two seasons, fishing mice and tricos and also throwing small streamers and much smaller olives.  Or chucking big hoppers and, well, hoping that this happens: This past weekend was a blast. So many thanks to the many volunteers and participants that make the Kid’s One Fly (Box) Challenge and the Midnight Derby come to life. We had over forty kids this year and many were already accomplished anglers. Some kids had been to all three Kid’s events. In fact, there were a lot of trout caught…including some first trout, some most trout, some biggest trout, and so on. Then we had an awesome raffle and gave away a ton of sweet fly rods courtesy of a secret donor. This is my favorite event of the year. The Derby was awesome. It’s always fun. Blues guitarist Keith Scott rocked. Chef Matt worked the grills. A lot of casters took shots at the mailbox and despite some close calls no one succeeded this year – four years, and no winners. It’s gonna happen soon! The first of two rock bass from the Derby Over the last four years I’ve learned that there are three types of Derby participants: Not sure why entered, had fun,... read more
Talking about the weather

Talking about the weather

08/06/2015  Where is the fishing report?  It has been figuratively buried beneath the trees and power outages  and downed phone lines.  A huge storm came thru late Sunday afternoon with sustained high winds and hail.  Trees fell everywhere, crushed homes, and sent insurance companies into a tizzy.   A few folks were on the river and lived to tell the tale of giant white pines crushing riverside cabins, waves on the river, and an ominous green sky that forced the question: where is the safest place to position your unprotected self whilst stuck on a river? Jordan’s fish car has a dent, but don’t feel too bad — Jordan and Denny, who live at the end of a remote two track, somehow had power throughout the storm.  Jerks. No one was hurt that I know of.   Many homes were damaged and few were totaled.   A few folks were blocked in at the landings.  The river looks considerably different.  This was a million dollar large woody debris project that took minutes to complete.  There’s something cool though about living around here during one of these big storms, be it winter or summer.  Post-storm, there were folks just driving around with chainsaws clearing roads and driveways and volunteering their services.  It was a strange, foggy land.  The river was high and dirty.  Power poles were snapped all around.  And people wandered the darkening dirt roads with flashlights, chatting with neighbors they’d never met, talking about the weather which, for once, was the thing to talk about. And now as clean-up becomes less hurried and power grids are reconnected, thoughts return to... read more