Pics form the Au Sable Trip

Well, things have been stale around here for too long. I’ve been stupid busy doing all sorts of things other than updating my blog, BOOOH! But one of those things was actually fishing, so I’m sure I’ll be forgiven right?

So here are some pics from our trip to Michigan. Noticeably absent form the mix of photos is the typical trophy grip and grin. And that’s because nobody really caught one worth givng a shit about. But we are still trying to get this fishery figured out…

Unlike last year’s pent up mega hatch, we found most big activity had shifted to night. So next year we are doing some more night fishing than we did this year. (Last year we hit it end of may, this year mid June to try and hit the Hex hatch, again at night but because of the cool and wet spring the hexes were delayed a bit, it’s always something right?) Most of the night fishing this year amounted to standing in the river, staring at the dark water wondering when the spinners would start, and then heading back to the cabin after we got cold and tired of staring into the dark.

Pics below.

The Cabin and my venerable vehicle.

The big back porch with excellent view of trophy water, took the first brown of the trip not twenty yards from here,under a full moon.

The view upstream from the cabin, where I got the skunk off the trip.

Look at Ron and his tight little loop from the back end of the drift boat.

Here's Josh, casting in the front of the canoe.

George fishing from one of the pontoon boats.

Ron tying one on.

The brown drakes and iso's were just starting to come out but the spinner fall wouldn't happen until way after sun-down, when our tired asses were zonked out

A nice sunset, it's time to start listening for the toilet bowls.

We need to work on this night fishing stuff, it ain't easy.

Rent a Drift Boat? Yes you can.

A rented drift boat from Gott's Landing in Mio, Michigan.

What to do if you want to float a river in a drift boat and don’t already have one?
Rent a Drift boat!

The Au Sable river’s Trophy Water below Mio Dam is fairly big and while wadeable in many stretches, most of the wade access points in the big water are fairly difficult to wade, and the parts that are wadeable are crowded. My accomplice had fished the Au Sable last year and decided that the only way to effectively fish the trophy water was from a drift boat. Trouble is neither of us have one, yet. So we rented one for two days, covered the water very¬† thoroughly, with every tactic we could think of, had a blast, and learned a lot about some new (to us) water.

The boat pictured above is the one we rented from Gott’s Landing Trophy Water’s Fly Shop on the Au Sable River in Mio, Michigan.¬† While its not a marvelous wooden beauty, like we typical fawn over at the Fiddle and Creel, it worked fairly well. One thing we did was quiet down the oar locks with some duct tape. Before we did that they were super sloppy and sounded like we were slinging around a bag hammers in the boat, trout just love that. The folks at Gotts’ Landing also run a shuttle service for your tow vehicle for an extra ten bucks, well worth the money.

So the next time you’re thinking, man that looks like good water, but I just don’t have a drift boat, call some local fly shops and RENT ONE!

By the way, that really fishy deep run and subsequent junction of two threads in the background of the picture, looked like it should hold some nice fish, and probably does, but I couldn’t get them to chase anything. Alas, there were plenty of other great spots that did.