Day 1: North Branch of the Au Sable Trip Report

I spent the last weekend in Northern Michigan fishing the Au Sable River near the little town of Mio. Other than the Big Blackfoot of Norman Maclean’s A River Run’s Through It and Hemingway’s Big Two Hearted, (which actually took place on the Sucker or the Fox River, but he thought Big Two Hearted sounded better) there isn’t a more storied place than the Au Sable River. The first day we fished the North Branch of the Au Sable which is referred to as the “Holy Water”, as its the birthplace of Trout Unlimited.

Here we found braided sections of swirling riffles and pools, beautiful log jams, undercut banks, and perfect wading. The rain was off and on which is why I have on my ultra stealthy bright red jacket, which needs to be replaced. I found one little dink, pictured below, hanging out in the tail out of a pool. She was nothing to write home about but the conditions were tough and I was glad to get the skunk off the trip. Donnie pulled a few Brookies out this section as well. Overall, the first day of the trip was a dandy considering the difficult conditions and the fact we only fished the second half of the day. Pictures below were taken by Donnie Knight.

A Dink that fell for a Coper John.

One of the many islands in the stream.

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