Fishing Report

2020 begins with a boat burning

2020 begins with a boat burning

  Every so often we burn an old riverboat on New Years (one year it was an unrepairable canoe.)  This year it was the locally famous Five-Day Boat, which was actually constructed in seven days, and is the only Au Sable riverboat I know of that, besides trout, has...

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Happy Holidays from Gates Lodge

Happy Holidays from Gates Lodge

The other day, on a short float with my kid, I was demonstrating how to work a streamer when a nice brown ate the fly.  The problem was we were free-floating -- I hadn't dropped anchor -- and he was in the front seat.  The result -- a predictable one, I think -- was...

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Faces of winter

Faces of winter

Winter only seems like a one-trick pony.  It's not.  Today's high: 9 degrees, windchill of -13.  Tomorrow, 29 degrees.  Friday, 34 degrees.  It rained most of Monday, the river came up, the trout ate streamers.  Tomorrow, in the snow and warmth (all is relative), the...

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Winter fishing is better in the snow

Winter fishing is better in the snow

To misphrase the Dude: "Snow really ties the woods together."  Things get a bit dim in the winter around here, especially on these short days.  It's nice to have some early snow, and extra water in the river.  Walking upstream in higher water is nature's heater. ...

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