River Report April 14, 2020

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Ponds are alive with croaks and creaks and peepers are peeping. Fish are moving around the rivers and into the shallow bays and shelves on area lakes. The songbirds are cheerfully back on sunshine mornings. An occasional trout is eating an occasional fly from the surface of … Read more

River Report – July 17, 2019

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Well I guess we have to call the Hex Hatch finished for 2019. Sort of anyway.  Our insect hatches never turn of like a light switch; instead, they sort of linger and nag at anglers like a leaky faucet.  It’s hard not to pull on damp, mildewed … Read more

River Report June 26, 2019 – Back To The Future!

June 25, 2019 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Hex are imminent. They have been for the last week. We saw the big fish-flies blow up  in enormous number on Lake Margrethe and have been waiting for the big mayflies to make an appearance ever since.  It normally takes about a week of … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

February 16, 2018 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report   Winter in Northern Michigan can be an affair of shivering and suffering in solitude.  Now, I don’t know about everyone else, but this winter is flying by for me.  I guess I was charging through it with my head down, but when I … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

January 11, 2018 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report     After multiple mornings over the past couple of weeks breaking thermometers and abusing Northern Michigan residents with pre-windchill temperatures down to negative twenty-eight degrees, this warm-up was both a physical and mental relief.  The gang was starting to get a little shiny … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

January 1, 2018 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report We are flat in the clutches of winter.  Ice fishing is rolling in most of the state.  We have safe ice conditions in on many of our local waters.  The West side of the state seems to have the most dubious conditions, however.  Heavy … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

    December 30,2017 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Here we go!  It’s ice fishing time now.  The winter blast is upon us.  We normally average about thirty degrees this time of year but the current ten day forecast is locked in single and low double digits.  The ice machine is cranking.  … Read more

River Report August 7, 2017

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Whew! My shoulders are officially lowered.  I just spent a week with my fine wife and sweet little boy exploring the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s been nearly twenty years since Gloria and I have taken an entire week to explore the wonders that Northern Michigan … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

    May 26, 2017 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report We’re set up for some fantastic fishing here on the Au Sable and Manistee Rivers.  Frankly, every trout stream in Michigan should show its medal this week.  Water conditions are perfect.  Water levels are at prime, fishable depths and water temperatures are … Read more