January 15, 2016 River Report & Fly Tying

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. Winter has officially arrived in the North woods. There’s a good many inches of snow settled into every swamp an swale and in the snow belt areas the accumulation is about to be measured in feet.  Trucks with plows are buzzing about and over-bundled shovelers and snow-blowers … Read more

River Report January 8, 2016

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. The warm winter continues. Winters these recent years have been like the story of the Three Bears and it’s easy to start feeling like a little, whining Goldilocks—this one’s too cold and this one’s too hot. Here in Northern Michigan, conditions are rarely perfect for the plans … Read more

December 17, 2015 River Report

December 17, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. The mild December continues and, while I’m still hoping for a white Christmas, the reality is that old man winter is limping along and the big chill likely won’t arrive until January. So go ahead and spool up the new line on the ice … Read more

River Report December 10, 2015

December 10, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. So far, for me, this December has been a welcome change from the snow-laden, winter vortex, Holiday seasons of the last two years. Sure, the ice fishing gear is still stowed and the snowshoes and skies remain at home in their corner of the … Read more

December 3, 2015 River Report

December 3, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. What’s that saying about closing a window and opening a door, or something?  I can’t quite remember, but I do know the Whitetailed Deer rifle season sort of puts the woods on lock down, and so, its end turns the key on all sorts … Read more

River Report October 29, 2015

October 29, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. We’ve finally found the Fall weather fishermen were waiting for. The remnants of hurricane Patricia served up an all-day soaking rain complete with the dense cloud cover that fishermen crave.  Trout anglers on the Upper Au Sable and Manistee Rivers slipped into drift boats … Read more

River Report October 15, 2015

October 15, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. Fall colors have exploded here in Northern Michigan. It took a while for the change to happen this year, but now it has and the roadways, river bottoms, and lakeshores are awash in bright reds, yellows, and oranges. This is the week to take … Read more

River Report October 1, 2015

October 1, 2015 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report. It’s fair to say that the worm has turned. Gone is the Summertime-like weather that pushed so late into September and now true Fall conditions have slid into Northern Michigan. And with the change, much improved hunting and fishing has followed. Migratory woodcock flights … Read more