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The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report
Ice fishing is in full swing. We have lots of hard water to fish and anglers have been taking full advantage.
So many anglers are hitting the ice in Northern Michigan, that I could barely find a tub of waxworms to buy
This dry fly pattern imitates emerger, cripple, and dun phases of virtually any mayfly hatch. By varying size and colors, you can match nearly any mayfly hatch. This video ties the pattern using stenonema colors and size. The unique hackle method (commonly referred to as “hackle stacking”) is extremely durable
It has been a cold and quiet week on the river with nothing in the way of a warm-up until the middle of next week. I’ve been cranking bugs both for the shop and for my own fly boxes. Not winter bugs. Spring bugs. I don’t have the winter blues
The river is in good shape. It has some color still and is a little warmer for this time of year. I Do see it cooling off this week with the winter like temperatures hitting the area. Steelhead and Trout fishing is consistent on Nymphs and Egg Flies. Try smaller
We have now reached what most consider the coldest time of year, air temps have been in the 20s-30s and water temps have been in the low to mid 30s.
This pattern is one of the most durable, successful patterns for steelhead in Lake Michigan rivers. Post-spawn steelhead spend much of their days eating to replenish their strength before returning to Lake Michigan. The rhyacophia caddis is a common, bright chartreuse green larva that is readily available to these big
Walking out of a relatively noted fly shop along a fairly famous river, I glance down at the few dozen Missing Link Caddis, Hippie Stompers and Dust Bunnies and I ponder why are there nearly two C-notes sitting in the palm of my hand? It is mid-June, I have some
As far as flies go, after 20 plus years of fly fishing for brook trout in the Upper Peninsula, if I were to pick 4 patterns, I would fill my boxes with Elk Hair Caddis, Chubby Chernobyls, Hornbergs, and Zonkers. Honestly, roll casting and stripping a small zonker downstream is