River time

River time

Call for Cleanup!  We’re three weeks out from the Annual River Cleanup and we need help — your help.  For those of you new to the operation, we break the river into beats, assign teams of 2-5 people to the beats, and clean the river from top to bottom. ...
Doing something new

Doing something new

All spring — all that dirty, cold water spring — I waited for a morning like yesterday.  A clear, weedy Au Sable with trout scattering from the boat shadow, podded up on tricos, eating tiny nymphs in the drop-offs suspended from a small dry via 8x fluoro. ...
Cool down

Cool down

Night fishing is full of gaffs.  The other night, Denny and I thought a logjam had mysteriously disappeared — we even speculated about who or what might have moved it — only to find it in the same place it’s always been, just upstream of the glow of...
Good Summer

Good Summer

It’s been a pretty great summer on the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.  So far this week: awesome.  Last night I floated a couple of friends and we had almost three straight hours of rising fish.  Small caddis, olives, cahills, Isos…but more importantly,...