Fits and starts

The last few (beautiful) days we’ve seen a little bit of everything on the Au Sable.  Strong BWO hatches that, due to the sunny conditions, haven’t been of much use to the trout angler.  A dribble of hendricksons.  Some stones.  It has been slow fishing for some, and great fishing for others.  For instance, my friends downriver were treating it like summer, fishing a little and barbecuing a lot (and blaming me for an inaccurate fishing report…after all, I advised them to come up).  Meanwhile, Matt and his client had a great day catching fish on nymphs, streamers and dries.  But I think that sums up the subjective nature of this time of year.  Some hit it well, and others don’t.  When it’s 70 degrees and sunny in early April, it’s a win either way.

All this is likely to change over the next two days.  We are supposed to get up to two inches of rain.  The river valley is very dry, and the swamps are empty.  Whatever high water we get will recede much more quickly than it usually does in the spring.  And…we need the water.  It’s a shame that we couldn’t get the clouds and the cooldown for a few days without the rain — the dry fly fishing would have been pretty darn good — but nothing we can do it about.  If you’re coming this weekend, be ready for anything:  dry, nymph, or streamer.

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Dead trout…but the sculpin was still alive

In fact, I was marveling at April’s diversity with some lodge guests this week.  I think this is sort of the grand slam month of fishing.  Yeah, I like May better.  Perhaps way better.  But it’s hard to beat April for keeping you completely on your toes.  You start out with a dry/dropper.  You switch to a streamer.  Maybe you deep nymph a pocket.  You find a fish rising, maybe two, maybe more…and now you’re engaged in yet another kind of fishing.  This diversity on a single afternoon is unique to April.  No month offers as much in as short a time-frame.

This upcoming rain is just a small bump in a road that leads right to big-time hendricksons next week and beyond.  It’s clear that the bulk of our first premier hatch is going to hit us at full-speed and about a week early, with an outside chance of spinner flights on the warmer evenings next week.  This means that if you don’t have all your dry-fly stuff together, this fishing report serves as your (and my) final warning:  It’s here, if in fits and starts.  Some days won’t be as good as others, but between the nymphs on the bottom and the increasing bugs on top, the fish will be feeding everyday and, to us anglers, that’s all we need to hear.  In a week I’ll be out at sunset looking for some last light risers.  It’s hard to believe that it’s this close already.

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