August 30, 2019

Sorry for the delay in reports.  It has been a very busy couple weeks for me.  Trying to get all the fall orders placed for the shop, tying flies to fill my boxes, hunting early kings; plus, my daughters first week in Kindergarten.  Anyways, the king fishing has been off

Transitions

Call for Cleanup!  We’re three weeks out from the Annual River Cleanup and we need help — your help.  For those of you new to the operation, we break the river into beats, assign teams of 2-5 people to the beats, and clean the river from top to bottom.  Once the

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August 29th | Summer Fades

As we wrap up August and look ahead to September, it feels like summer is fading. Nights are getting cooler and thats been a welcome change. Water temps have finally cooled down and the trout fishing has been steadily improving. 

Nymphing for trout has been excellent lately, and large

First Time!

August 24, 2019

in Smallmouth Bass by First Time!

Dad Jeff and 11 year old son, Tyler, cast fly rods for smallmouth bass for their first time today with me on the Muskegon River. Although the cold night before may have prompted the bass to seal

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Fishing Report 8/23/19

The weekend is here! Looks like we’re going to get a break from the heat this week with highs in the 70s and some chilly evenings down around 50. 

FIRST THINGS FIRST… DESPITE RUMORS, THE RIVERS ARE NOT FULL OF SALMON…YET.

TROUT

Trout fishing has been pretty inconsistent lately. We’re

70 degree Pledge

A guest from the Beardsley House on the river called me the other day~ he had a fish question.

“I was casting a spoon and a decent trout came out to inspect it but turned away. Was I reeling too fast or too slow?” he inquired.

Northern Michigan offers plenty of

River Report – August 21, 2019

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

This has been the finest August I can remember – cool nights and warm days. Michigan has the best weather in the country right now.  And fishing is, well, really pretty good for late Summer.  Water temperatures and flows are solid, so

River time

Call for Cleanup!  We’re three weeks out from the Annual River Cleanup and we need help — your help.  For those of you new to the operation, we break the river into beats, assign teams of 2-5 people to the beats, and clean the river from top to bottom.  Once

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Guides Day Out

August 21, 2019

in Smallmouth Bass by Guides Day Out

RiverQuest Captain Don Graham and I hit the Muskegon River today to chase smallmouth bass. Gorgeous weather; no boats; three retired couples in kayaks; and that was it—just us, Mother Nature and the bass. We started

Summer is starting to fade

The days are starting to get shorter and the nights and mornings cooler.  Summer unfortunately is slowly trickling into fall on the Pere Marquette River.    Trout fishing hasn’t been easy this week.  Once again with heavy rains and thunderstorms hitting the area on a weekly basis it’s bringing the

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