River Report October 1, 2022

The best month of the year is here.  I wish October stretched into Spring.   The undisputed king of the calendar offers everything outdoors folk could want.   Winter has snow, Spring has showers, Summer has sunshine—October has all of that and more.  Sure, it might be short of wildflowers and swimming and snow skiing, but … Read more

River Report – November 26, 2020

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report It’s one curve ball after another when Mother Nature pitches November weather.  Hunting bucks in the Michigan rifle season is the big leagues.  So far this year, I’m batting below the Mendoza line, but it’s not over yet and I’ll keep stepping up to the plate.  Two … Read more

November 11, 2020 RIVER REPORT

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Wild weather swings are about to bend to more seasonable trends.  We went from an early season snowstorm to an incredibly warm Indian Summer. The summer-like stretch made fishing and hunting difficult.  Grouse hunting fell apart with the heat.  Whipped dogs lolled tongues over water dishes in … Read more

River Report – October 2, 2010

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Fall color is upon us.  We’re getting close to peak change in Northern Michigan.  This is easily my favorite season of the year.  Splashes of red and orange and gold pop against evergreen ridges.  And over every rise and in buried in every swale, drumming grouse and … Read more

November 20, 2018 – Deer Camp

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report Welcome to the white-tailed deer rifle season in Northern Michigan. We had an early cold snap that brought with it a blanket of snow. Snow is welcomed by all deer hunters.  It makes it easier to spot the brown ungulates as they sneak through the spruces and … Read more

Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

October 31, 2018 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report.     We’re moving into the latest pages of Fall.  As October rolls into November the leaves curl on the ground and frosty mornings give way to occasional smatterings of snow.  The deer are healthy and strong and the grouse are all full fanned … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

October 17, 2018 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report.     It is time for big Au Sable and Manistee River brown trout.  Those fish have put on the feed bag.  They’re eating large, slow moving meals in preparation for the spawn.  The males are getting ready to battle over gravel and the … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report

September 27, 2018 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report.     The first whiffs of Fall are finally in the breeze.  The mornings are crisp and cool.  It feels good to put on socks and boots and heavy brush pants.  Bird season is well underway and the dogs are earning their kibble. It’s … Read more

The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Christmas Fishing Report

December 20, 2017 The Old Au Sable Fly Shop Fishing Report     We’re moving out of the in between time.  That time in December that when deer season is ending and grouse season is winding down.   And the ice fishing hasn’t quite materialized.  It’s a thumb fiddling time. The best of the hunting is … Read more