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,...
Marathon

Marathon

It’s canoe marathon week on the Au Sable.  The race kicks off Saturday evening, sending a horde of paddlers down the dark river.  Sunday morning the water on the mainstream will be dirty.  For years it’s been a tradition among a few of us to watch the...
Heat wave

Heat wave

Like everywhere, it’s been hot.  The rivers have held their own so far but we could see some high water temps Friday and Saturday.  The upper rivers are diurnal and will drop in temperature overnight and will be at their best in the morning.    The size 18...
The second season

The second season

Admiringly we refer to this season as the second season.  The hex are not gone but they are going, the tricos are not going but they have arrived.  The slate wing olives are trickling off in the morning, and the Isonychias are hatching out of the riffles, and the deer...