10/01/15  The moon is brighter than the sun right now, at just shy of 7:30 am.  Bright enough to see the frost on the grass, gardens, roofs, windshields in the lot.  Cold nights and bright sunny days aren’t the best fishing conditions.  But even yesterday — high skies, east winds — folks were able to find fish.  Could have been a pod of brook trout eating afternoon olives.  Or a few fish chasing the just-right streamer.  There’s often not a secret key to clear water/blue skies in the fall.  It’s simply experimenting with different approaches until you find a trout willing to feed.

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Fall offers plenty of fishing opportunities, but for many of us this is the streamer season.  And to this end, we want clouds, rain, sleet or snow.  So when faced with the opposite, you have to improvise  On a cool, clear day you want to hit the heat of the day into the late afternoon.  But after a warm, overcast evening, the time to be out begins much earlier, perhaps even first light.

Small streamers will move even large browns this time of year.  We like a cone or bead to sink them (or lots of weight on the body).

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The afternoon olives are a size 20, mixed with even more 26s.  I just fish the 20 and hope enough trout will eat it to avoid having to go smaller. On days like today when the air is clear, cool, and dry, fishing a dry and dropper right through the olive hatch will likely be more productive than searching out risers.  But then again, it’s fun searching out risers.

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The next month is one of the very best months of the year.  It’s a great time to be in a boat floating and hitting cover, or wading and doing the same, or resting a pod of risers.  The fall colors are running about two weeks late, according to the news, and so we should be ablaze through the third week of October unless we get a windstorm.

The general trout season closes today, but almost all of the Au Sable you’d want to fish is open year round.  It marks the changing of the season, but not much else.  It’s a great time to be the river.

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We’ve been thinking about it, and thinking about it…now we’re going to do it:  a simple, fun, homespun fly-fishing catalog.  If you want in, send an email to me at [email protected] with your mailing address. We’ll also have sign-up forms at the shop on Saturday and beyond. We’re looking forward to making it, and we hope you’re looking forward to reading it.  So far the response has been HUGE!  We can’t wait to stumble through issue #1!