Approaching Fly Fishing Whack-Job Status

Would you go fly fishing (wading) when it’s only 14 degrees out and about a foot of snow on the ground? How about at 2:30 in the morning, damn near pitch black out and you’re casting to the sound of a fish rising, not actually seeing it rise? How about fly fishing in a drift boat on a 43 degree fall day in cold wind and rain? If your answer is “hell no!” I get it. BUT, you’re missing some of the best fly fishing experiences possible. Yes, seriously.

The Fight Is Over

The lengthy five-year legal battle, in early October of this year the fight to stop a fish farming operation on the East Branch of the famed Au Sable river in Northeast Michigan came to an end… and the fly fishermen/women won, albeit at a price.

Big Brown on a Brutally Cold Day

Now THAT is a Wicked fish! Don’t ever say you can’t catch a big brown in the cold weather… last November 16th on the South Branch of the Au Sable, a bright sunny day, but about 25 degrees. We’d been trying to catch this bugger for years and nicknamed him Walter, and my buddy finally…

Michigan’s Historic Fly Fishing Bed & Breakfast

The tradition of fly fishing in Michigan goes back almost a century.  If you like history as much as you like fly fishing, then the North Branch Outing Club (NBOC) needs to be on your fly fishing bucket list.  Not only is this fine establishment nestled on the north branch of the Au Sable River…

Michigan’s Trout Heaven

Michigan offers some of the very best trout fly fishing in the country, from the famed Au Sable trout system, to the Pere Marquette.  The season runs year-round on selected rivers.  For all the must-have information on Michigan’s trout fishing click on the Michigan DNR fishing site. Michigan DNR Fishing Guide

Gates Lodge – Au Sable River

If you’re looking for a fantastic place to explore the Au Sable rivers; main branch, holy waters, south branch and the north branch, then look no further the Gates Au Sable Lodge in Grayling, MI.  Now owned by Josh Greenberg, The Gates Au Sable Lodge offers everything you need whether you’re a novice – just learning how…