River Report April 3, 2020

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

I’ve been dragging my feet. It’s been hard to know what to say or what to advise—go outside stay inside.  You know that everything has been changing every day.  But, while we’re clearly not on any semblance of stable ground yet, I’m

Be a bank beaver

We’re pretty fortunate up here to get to go fishing as part of the outdoor activities we are allowed to do.   Because this is a fishing report, I’m going to share pics and write about fishing.  But…

Gates Lodge (restaurant, guide service, hotel rooms, and car shuttle) is closed, and

Touch of gray

This week felt like a month.  Seriously – the last fishing report seems eons ago.  And I thought it was time to get away then!  There is nowhere on earth too much safer than where we are right now.  This thing is global, and Mars looks like it sucks, so

River Report March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

You all know.  So much has changed in the hours since the last report.  Last week I was talking about ice cream and sunshine and Springtime, and getting ready for the fly fishing show.  Now our Country is all

Mid-March Fly Fishing Report

Most of the snow is gone (except for north facing slopes) and much of that runoff has found it’s way to the river systems. Water levels are up on area rivers and they have some stain to them. The Manistee below Tippy Dam is running 3,200 cfs and the Betsie,

Gotta get away

Not a typical fishing report.  Not a typical time in the world.  I’m sure everyone knows by now that the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo is canceled.  The NBA season is suspended.  And many worse things.  It’s the news.  You can read it anywhere.  We are disappointed not to see everyone. 

Spring Streamers

The weather is breaking.  I love that phrase.  The weather hasn’t “broke”.  It’s breaking.  It continues breaking all weekend and next week and at some point it’ll be “broke”.  We’re crossing our fingers for a gentle, consistent spring.  It has been a tumultuous half-a-decade.  Seriously.  Record April snowfalls.  Record river

March Fishing Report

As we flip the calendar to March it’s apparent that the days have become longer, temps a little warmer, and the sun is making an appearance a little more often. Was it me or did it seem like the sun went south for the winter this year? Much of the

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