Fishing Report

The Big Lonely

The Big Lonely

The woods are crowded with hunters, and certain rivers with salmon and steelhead anglers, and that leaves the Au Sable -- so busy in the summer -- as an unexpected place for some solitude.   It's rare to see an angler this time of year.  Maybe a boat or two.  Maybe a...

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Off and On

Off and On

The other day I craved some nymph fishing.  I know it's not glamorous, or particularly exciting, but sometimes it's fun to just pick apart a pool with a couple of small nymphs in the fall.  It was the right kind of afternoon anyway: overcast and cold but not windy. ...

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Cast and Blast

Cast and Blast

Sleet, rain, sun, and colorful leaves in the wind: what a week.  The conditions have varied rapidly -- often changing back and forth and back again -- in the time it takes to switch flies.   None of these changes has resulted in particularly good fishing except for a...

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Fall Colors

Fall Colors

It's so beautiful along the river right now it's almost easy to ignore when the fishing is slow.  High skies, bright leaves, and snooty fish.  My dad and I made it out for a sweet float this afternoon down a suddenly deserted river.  it was tough.  The little olives...

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