Chasing Drakes?

Chasing Drakes?

June 5, and no credible sign of brown drakes…but that hasn’t stopped the chase.  Midnight patrols are now common.  Early morning shuck checks.  Conjecture.  More conjecture.  If you care enough to read this, then you probably care enough to check the...
Brown Bugs

Brown Bugs

Every year just before drakes I get to write about this great week of fishing.  Marred this year by high water and inconsistent weather, the typical week of brown bugs begins around May 10 and extends to May 20.  This year, the brown bug week is now…and the...
Bloom

Bloom

The trees are just leafing out, the hendricksons are still trickling off, the first good caddis hatches are filling the afternoon, the morel hunters are scratching their heads, and the yellow bugs have begun.  First week of May, right? Well it’s not.  It has...
It was a rainy day in May…

It was a rainy day in May…

I tried to write this report yesterday but the forecast has changed three times since then, and it’ll probably change three more times, so I’m just going to rewrite it.  Here goes:  The next two days – Thursday and Friday – look pretty good, though a light evening...
Good times

Good times

The fishing picked up on Sunday and continued to improve right through a blustery today (Wednesday).  The hendricksons, mahoganies and black caddis are now hatching throughout both the Au Sable and Manistee River systems and the last two afternoons have produced...