Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather

What a messed up hex season.  Does this make it normal?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  I’d say in general the bugs have been harder to hit in 2017 than they have been most years.  A few anglers have guessed right almost every night, and even still there were nights that were...
Hexin’

Hexin’

Sometimes, in conversations about the hex hatch, one tends toward the bleak apocalyptic prose of the infamous War of the Worlds broadcast i.e. major hatches are now spreading through the river system…I turned on my flashlight and was blinded by bugs…the fog has now...
Losing Track

Losing Track

The persistent heat finally caught up with the Au Sable River.  After a late start, the brown drakes have more or less moved through the system and are isolated in the upper Holy Water and the Manistee.  The Isonychia have been hatching right at dusk for too short a...
Heat wave

Heat wave

On the drive home two nights ago, I watched a porcupine get hit by the Jeep in front of us, do two full rotations, land upright and keep walking as if it hadn’t happened.   The ground clearance of the Jeep prevented bodily harm to the critter.  To the slow-moving...