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Gates Lodge

Gates Lodge PictureOur lodge is located on the banks of the Mainstream of the Au Sable River east of Grayling in Michigan's beautiful north country. The currents are gentle, flowing over a shallow gravel bottom, allowing one to wade the center of the stream and cast to both banks. To fly fishers this is heaven, hence its name, the "Holy Water." This stretch is flies only, catch and release, and internationally known for its fly hatches. There are more than 100 miles of prime trout water in the Au Sable system and many times that with other streams in the region. The lodge is centrally located, and the other branches are just minutes away.

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Fishing Conditions

04/15/15 The restaurant opens for dinner on Friday, and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner starting Saturday, April 18. We still have a few open rooms for this weekend and next week.

Bugs, Flies, and River Conditions

We're seeing fairly strong hatches of black stones and olives, and a few trout rising to them. But this is the time of year that we fish subsurface. Nymphs have been doing well on these warm sunny afternoons. Sizes 12-16. Streamer fishing on the cloudy days and at dusk.

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