First snow

First snow

The absence of snowy pictures is purposeful.  There’ll be plenty of those soon enough.  But even before the snow fell over the weekend – an inch or two around here – the woods felt absent something, a void that seemed to say: insert snow here.  Fall is over on the Au...
Easy Awesome

Easy Awesome

The Awesome is one of my favorite flies.  It works from June thru September, but is at its best on the hottest days of early July, when the deerflies are mating.  You’ll see masses of them on the undersides of bridges, or on the bottom of the Au Sable’s...
Streamer Camp

Streamer Camp

It’s the week of our annual streamer camp, which always butts up to deer camp, which butts up against winter. Greg and I began streamer camp about six years ago. Go fishing in mid-November and you’ll see everything: ice, snow, sleet, sun. We’ve caught some awfully...
Tamaracks

Tamaracks

The last of the trees to change is my favorite.  Long after the maples have dropped their showy red dress, the tamarack begins to glow golden.  Along our swampy river, this is the predominant “color” tree.  It is tenacious in its grip on an angler’s...