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...
Catch a tiger

Catch a tiger

Well…it’s been quite a week.  The vast majority of folks were chasing the not-so-elusive hex over the last seven days and most were finding some bugs and some trout.  This is big game hunting, and I enjoy it as much as the next person.  It’s been...
Has the lightning bug hatch started yet?

Has the lightning bug hatch started yet?

With the blooming of the irises comes the season of the hex, which is often considered the height of our season on the Au Sable.  I think it’s a bit more nuanced than that.  In 2020, we’ve all fought a lot of battles, from global ones to high water, and...
Chasing the white-gloved howdy

Chasing the white-gloved howdy

Bear sightings, big fish stories, no-fish stories, cute fawn pictures, unidentified hatches, too cold, too hot, too many people, and no one around: that’s a week of drakes.  The heat blew this size 10 burrower through the system so quickly it was easy to miss it.  By...