More to do

More to do

There’s something special about hooking a big trout on a dry fly after dark.  There must be, judging by the number of people that desire it, dream about it, and otherwise shed all normalcy to achieve it.  I’ve wondered if it would be the same in the day....
Shipwrecked

Shipwrecked

There’s predictability to this time of year. Hex don’t dance around at dusk like drakes. Unlike sulphurs, they don’t disappear mysteriously because the temperature dropped a degree. They don’t gather over warm roads and splatter against your windshield on your way to...
Just Add Heat

Just Add Heat

Any hex yet?  In short…barely.  A few.  The better question: will this warm-up trigger them?  Yes.  A lot.  It’ll be near 90 this weekend.  It’s after June 15.  So, there will be hex.  Start the coffee.  Buy fresh batteries.  Check the bug spray....
Good: drakes, isos…Bad: mudsnails

Good: drakes, isos…Bad: mudsnails

Might as well get the bad news out of the way first: New Zealand mud snails have been found in the East Branch of the Au Sable directly downstream of the Grayling Fish Hatchery aka the Grayling Fish Farm.   Dr. Mark Luttenton made the discovery and a regional EPA lab...
Brown Drake

Brown Drake

This fly is the marrying of several local styles, and is thus of no credit to anybody but them.  Body and tail courtesy of Clarence Roberts.  Hackle style courtesy Jerry Regan.  And wing selection courtesy of Rusty Gates (borrowed from a secret fly that can never be...