October retrospective

October retrospective

We wrap up the fall, and then wrap up for winter. The first snow – one inch, last night – serves as fair warning that it’s time to cover, tarp and otherwise takedown. To this end, the restaurant will be closing at 11 am after we serve breakfast on Sunday. Shortly...
Leaving Home

Leaving Home

by Willy Franzen It’s impossible to float or wade the Au Sable without seeing a big logjam and thinking, “I bet a big brown trout lives in there.” Streamer fishing, major hatches, and electroshocking surveys provide evidence to support these suspicions. If you want a...
Fall in a day

Fall in a day

The only consistent component of this week has been the ever increasing fall colors painting the hillsides.  The weather has been everything, from mid-seventies to mid-twenties, hard rain and bluebird skies, and winds from every direction.  This has made for...
The other fish of 10,000 casts

The other fish of 10,000 casts

On a slow streamer day, it might just be a brown trout, and not a muskie, that is the fish of 10,000 casts. On Monday, I would bet that our boat threw somewhere around 7,500 of them, not including false casts. My hands were frozen into little claws and my elbow...