August hit lists (and Midsummer Nights)

August hit lists (and Midsummer Nights)

In Ohio, August was a stinking hot month.  On the Au Sable, the second half of August is usually the beginning of fall, and knowing that we’re a month out from the reddening of the river maples and fall change makes me both anxious for the fall, as well as...
The frog and the trout

The frog and the trout

What a beautiful week.  The water temperatures plummeted throughout the river system, a jolt of rain improved the water levels, the trout began rising in earnest in the evenings, and the daytime attractor fishing was great.  The mix of suns, cloud, and rain got some...
Finding a Fish

Finding a Fish

In summer, the fly-fisher is unbound by can’t-miss hatches, other than the morning tricos, which are viewed, unfortunately, as not exactly can’t-miss.  The choose-your-own-adventure nature of a lazy summer day forces a series of decisions as to what to do,...
In search of cold

In search of cold

It has been unavoidably hot. We’ve been spared the worst by the “cold” nights and the cool mornings, and the morning fishing has been quite good, with heavy hatches of tricos and BWOs, and rising fish until about 9 or 10 am.  At dark, the bugs return...
Heat wave (and a hex retrospective)

Heat wave (and a hex retrospective)

It’s hot just about everywhere right now.  This isn’t the same terrible heat we had a few years ago, but it’s hot enough to disrupt the daytime fishing and hot enough to make much of the lower river bad for the trout (though the Au Sable has enough...