Au Sable River Michigan flyfishing report

 

 

North East Michigan Steelhead Fishing Report - November 12th

   

The weather of late feels like November Steelhead weather and they are finally showing up in the Au Sable River right on schedule!  We have gotten some cold rains, wind and then snow the last few days.  The lower river is in great shape with water temps in the lower 40's and water levels are up a bit.  There are decent numbers of steelhead in the river and more keep coming every day.  Lots of different water holding them right now from Foote Dam to the mouth at Lake Huron.  Deep slow sand runs to deep fast gravel runs to pockets below spawning Atlantic Salmon is all hold steelhead now.  The egg bite has been good of late and many of the steelhead are sitting right in behind all the Atlantic Salmon redds.  This fall the river is just full of these redds and Atlantic Salmon!  Great time for the fly anglers who like using two handed spey rods and swinging streamers.  Waiting for the hard tug!  It has been producing of late for both steelhead and Atlantic Salmon.  Lots bright flashy intruders in white or copper.  Also natural patterns in goby and sculpin color has been very productive.  For those targeting the Atlantic Salmon stripping these streamers is very effective.  These salmon do like a nice quick retrieve with lots of action.  For those that like to strip streamers the mouth near Oscoda and Lake Huron is great place to hit.  Stripping bait fish patterns for big Lake Trout and you never know what else!  Time to break out the orange hats this week on the Au Sable as rifle deer season is opening up for two weeks.  Looking forward to the rest of November and December as all of these species should be keep going strong.

             Any questions just email or call: kelly@michiganstreamside.com or 989-889-5374  

           

 
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Nov 11th - Scott with a couple nice big male Atlantic Salmon - love that big kype!  Steelhead weather is here and they are showing up now.  Looking forward to next month of fishing in the lower river!






 

Nov 9th - Aaron and his son Hugh catching some Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead on the lower river!  Tough conditions today with cold rain/snow but put a couple in the net.  Swinging streamers and bouncing egg patterns deep has both been producing.








Nov 5th - Mark and Buck had great day today with both Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead!  9 in net and lost a few.  Just love this combination of fish.


      










October 23rd - Scott with some good fishing today!  Put 3 Atlantics, Lake Trout and Chinook in the net today.  All swinging flies with two handed fly rod. 







October 23rd - Swing the fly and wait for the tug!  Been a lot of shiner and shad in the river of late.  Bright flashy patterns have been working.  One of favorite setups here:  Winston Kairos 13' 3" 7wt Two Handed fly rod with Airflo Skagit F.I.S.T. head with 10' T-11 sink tip.  This setup is very easy to cast from boat and very effective for Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead.





October 17th - Rick with a gorgeous Au Sable Atlantic Salmon!   Tough conditions with some high winds the last coupe days.  Found couple good aggressive Atlanitcs!





Here are some of the flies we have done the best on for Atlantic Salmon in the Au Sable River.  At times swinging them produces but also stripping them with lots of action.





October 5th – Linda and her son with a couple beautiful Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon while fishing with our guide Eric Swies.   Good numbers in the river now!






October 2nd – Eric and Timmy put some awesome ones in the net today!  Got to love landing 4 Atlantics!!







October 2nd – Love these this fish!  So cool watching them come attack a stripped streamer.





Sept 26th – Lee with just a beautiful Au Sable Atlantic Salmon!  Fall run has sure started.





April 13th – Buck with a bright chrome Au Sable River Steelhead!  Water levels are finally up and nice fish are coming into the lower river.  Love these pre spawning steelhead!






Here is some of our flies that have been producing the week on the Au Sable for Steelhead. 





April 13th – Mark with an awesome Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon! So cool to see these fish around in the spring also.

 

 

 http://greatlakesecho.org/2018/04/12/people-can-once-again-kill-cormorants/

Here is great article on the return to killing Cormorants in the Great Lakes Region!  This is one bird that needs to have its number kept very low to have our fishery do well. 




April 8th – Greg with an Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon!  Some of the fish that came in last fall to spawn stayed all winter in the river and heading back to lake now.  So cool seeing this fishery growing and can’t wait till October.




April 6th – Winter steelheading in April!  Cold and lots of snow of late but its still time to fish!!




April 4th – Love seeing these mint silver steelhead this time of year!  Should be a lot more of them around late this week after some warmer weather and rain.




 

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March 17th – Andrea with a nice Atlantic Salmon on the Au Sable River!  Some of these cool Atlantics did winter over in the river and are starting feed heavier now as the river warms up.  Also been a few bright silver ones in the river of late that just came in from Lake Huron.





March 15th – Greg with a nice chrome steelhead fresh in from Lake Huron.  This is what makes March a cool time to fish the Au Sable River – bright silver steelhead and very low fishing pressure!





March 14th - Finally back on the Au Sable starting my spring steelhead season and put 4 in the net! Water levels are low and clear, but some nice fresh steelhead are in the river now. With low water and lack of fishing pressure swinging flies is effective now. Also egg patterns and small nymph fished down deep. Looking like we are in for excellent spring run. Even been a few Atlantic Salmon caught of late!





March 12th – A beautiful chrome Au Sable River Steelhead!  Loving the solitude of March fishing steelhead in NE Michigan now.





Feb 28th – Phillip and Josh with a beautiful Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon on the Au Sable River while floating with our guide Eric Swies.  Very cool to see some the Atlantic Salmon from last fall have wintered over in the river.  They are looking for a big meal now and goby or minnow imitation are producing.  Looking like good spring Steelhead run with larger fish and good numbers now.









Feb 23rd - Eric is back home from Arkansas and on the Au Sable River now!  Some excellent fishing of late after the last big blast of water.  Our Spring run has started!











Jan 8th - Its Winter Steelheading now!






Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon guided fly fishing float trips near Oscoda and Lake Huron

December 10th – Mitch with an awesome Atlantic Salmon on the Au Sable River.  These post spawning fish are still very aggressive and will just crush a streamer.





December 10th – Mitch and Timmy fishing with Eric today and some beautiful Steelhead!   








December 7th – Winter is finally here but still some decent steelhead fishing!  No luck today swinging steamers but egg patterns & nymphs did producing.








December 4th – Barney with some nice Atlantic Salmon today!  Swinging streamers is what produced them all and put 3 in the net.  Most of the Atlantics are done spawning now and they are looking for a meal as slowly head back to Lake Huron.








December 4th – Barney with beautiful Au Sable River Steelhead today!  A nice slow swing down deep produced this one.






December 1st – Tom with a nice bright Au Sable River steelhead.  Bright sun today but still hooked up with a bunch!





November 30th – Greg with an awesome Au Sable River steelhead!  Aggressive and a great fighter.





November 26th – Kevin with nice Lake Run Brown Trout caught stripping streamers in the lower river.  We don’t see many of these any more but Lake Huron is still supporting a few wild brown trout.




November 25th Just a beautiful Au Sable River Steelhead and Andrea's first one while fishing with Greg!




November 19th - I'm always the one praying for more water for the Au Sable but I’m ready for a little dry period now! The lower river typically fishes so well in high water but can’t remember this amount every coming in the fall. Even rescheduled today's trip. Our Fall steelhead run was just getting going the past two weeks and this water should be the most ideal thing that could have happened. Just making it tough right now! Atlantic Salmon have been spawning pretty heavy the last week and now doing it in peace and quiet as nobody can see them. Post spawning Atlantics love to crush a streamer! Should be some more silver ones coming also. Will be back on it in couple days and see what we have.





Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon

November 16th – Pat with a nice Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon!  Water levels are coming up now and river is getting a very dark color.



A clip from the Spey Daze DVD that was filmed on the Au Sable River.  The time frame is right now as this was shot in early December a couple years ago. 

Spey Daze is visually striking film about the impassioned pursuit of Great Lakes steelhead on the Swung fly.  The journey passes through some of the region's most picturesque and stroried rivers while trying to tangle with one of the most exciting game fish found in fresh water.  So what is Spey Daze? Well, I can tell you what its not. It's not a 30 minute music video or a grip and grin piece. It is long, it is extensive and it's a commitment. It's much more than a bunch of dudes swinging up steel in the GL's...it's a pretty solid look at the GL fishery from top to bottom, for better or worse and not just from a steelhead perspective. From the Caledonia, NY fish hatchery, the oldest in the U.S. to electroshocking the Pere Marquette river, to an interview w/ Howard Tanner who's decision to put salmon in the Great Lakes created a billion dollar sport fishing industry...Spey Daze is more a journey then a story. 

There is footage from the Au Sable River and some of Lake Huron's issue are discussed.

The dvd is a (2) disc set w/ over 4+ hours of content + a bonus feature with a retail price of $39.99 which includes shipping in the US.

 




November 14th – Bryan with an awesome silver Atlantic Salmon on the Au Sable River!  This one crushed a streamer.  Nice fresh ones still moving in and this fishery should last thru December.




November 9th – Ron with a beautiful Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon!  Most have coming stripping a streamer hard, but one crushed a swung streamer with very little action on it.  Just like we do it for steelhead. 








November 6th – A nice fresh run Coho Salmon on the Au Sable River.  You don’t see a lot of these on the Au Sable but Lake Huron does have some wild Coho in it.




November 5th – John and his son Jack with some nice Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon on the Au Sable River while fishing with our guide Eric Sweis.  Got to love this combination of fish!







November 3rd – Not the biggest steelhead but a great fighter!  Was sitting right behind a pod of Atlantic Salmon.  First cast with a bright flashy Intruder and lots of action on the streamer – it got crushed!  Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon is the perfect combination for a river.




November 2nd – Travis Boik sent me this photo of Melissa with a beautiful Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon!  Just love seeing these awesome fish taking off this year with a good fall run.




Fly Fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Au Sable River near Oscoda Michigan

November 1st – Boyd with beautiful Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon!  Awesome seeing this fish coming back to the river now.




Au Sable River Steelhead guided fly fishing float trips

October 31st – The recent high has brought in some nice adult steelhead!  Swing flashy intruders or goby patterns is producing now.  As is deep water nymphing with a variety of different egg patterns.  





AuSable River Atlantic Salmon Guided Fly fishing float trips in North East Michigan

October 27th – Some awesome Atlantics today for Dennis and Au Sable River guide Chris Lessway!  Chris had the hot boat and put 4 in the net.







October 26th – Had a great with Cameron, Chris, Dennis and Bryan.  Hard to beat Atlantic Salmon, ducks, woodcock and grouse!








October 22nd – Got awesome pic from Travis Boik!  Got to love putting Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead in the boat on the same day.





October 19th – Greg with a nice Au Sable River Steelhead.  Lots of young steelhead in the river now.  Had good action on Steelhead and Atlantic Salmon today!







October 4th – Swinging some steelhead flies on the lower Au Sable and found 1 good one today!  A beautiful mid size chrome steelhead was the prefect way to start my Fall on the lower river.










Here is what we are chasing in the fall!  These were from last year and it won't be long now!




Photo Below Start With Spring of 2017


Au Sable River Steelhead fly fishing 
April 29-30th - Don and his son Derrick with some nice steelhead on the Au Sable River!  Had a great time and landed a number of steelhead the last couple days.  Currently mixture of dropbacks and some bright chrome steelhead in the river now.  Heavy rains should keep bringing more in from Lake Huron.







Au Sable River Steelhead fly fishing
April 21st - John with beautiful Au Sable River steelhead!  Big day today with 11 in the net.  Waters are very high but is in great shape for steelhead fishing.  Should have at least another 3-4 weeks of steeelhead fishing this spring.




Au Sable River Steelhead Oscoda Michigan

April 4th - Greg with a beautiful Au Sable River steelhead!  Flood gate came on today and lots of water below Foote Dam.  More fish are showing up now and good fishing today.

AuSable River Steelhead





April 3rd - Jeff with a chrome Au Sable River steelhead that is fresh in from Lake Huron!





April 2nd - Susie with her first steelhead on the Au Sable River!  A little too nice of a day and felt like summer was coming.  Came close on a couple of much bigger ones.




Au Sable River fly fishing guide service near Oscoda Michigan
March 28th - The ice on Foote Pond is starting to come apart quickly now.  Some open water and lots of rotten ice.  Water temps will jump up quickly as this ice falls apart.




AuSable River steelhead guide service near Oscoda Michigan

March 27th - Aaron and Eric had a huge day today and put 8 in the net including this Lake Run Brown Trout below.  Trout are sure growing well in Lake Huron this year.

Au Sable River Lake Run Brown Trout





AuSable River Steelhead
March 22nd - A nice chrome steelhead going back to the Au Sable River.





Au Sable River Steelhead
March 18th - John with a beautiful chrome steelhead on the Au Sable River!  Some awesome steelhead now and they are sure all in the prespawning mode now.




AuSable River Steelhead
March 17th - Love these early run bright chrome steelhead!  Fishing deep water is the key now and covering lots of water.




Au Sable River Steelhead Oscoda Michigan fly fishing
March 14th - Some good steelhead fishing in some very cold conditions.  River is in great shape now but current weather is making it tough with cold temps and high winds.  Looking like back to some normal March weather starting tomorrow!  Highs pushing 40 degrees and light winds.  Oscoda got a foot of snow early this week and going to keep that water up a bit which is ideal.




Michigan Steelhead fly fishing on the Au Sable River
March 10th - Just a beautiful bright spring run Au Sable steelhead from our guide Eric Swies's boat.  Steelheading has been good of late!




Spey daze DVD

Spey Daze is visually striking film about the impassioned pursuit of Great Lakes steelhead on the Swung fly.  The journey passes through some of the region's most picturesque and stroried rivers while trying to tangle with one of the most exciting game fish found in fresh water.  So what is Spey Daze? Well, I can tell you what its not. It's not a 30 minute music video or a grip and grin piece. It is long, it is extensive and it's a commitment. It's much more than a bunch of dudes swinging up steel in the GL's...it's a pretty solid look at the GL fishery from top to bottom, for better or worse and not just from a steelhead perspective. From the Caledonia, NY fish hatchery, the oldest in the U.S. to electroshocking the Pere Marquette river, to an interview w/ Howard Tanner who's decision to put salmon in the Great Lakes created a billion dollar sport fishing industry...Spey Daze is more a journey then a story. 

There is footage from the Au Sable River and some of Lake Huron's issue are discussed.

The dvd is a (2) disc set w/ over 4+ hours of content + a bonus feature with a retail price of $39.99 which includes shipping in the US.

 







March 5th - Some bright chrome steelhead on the Au Sable River being released like they all should!

Au Sable River Steelhead





Au Sable Steelhead fly fishing
Feb 19th - Some good steelhead fishing this weekend!  Our guide Eric Sweis put some nice fish in the boat and bright spring run steelhead are starting to show up now.  Eric does have some dates open this month if your looking to get out and enjoy a febuary day in spring like weather.  Going to be a early spring run and mid March should be going strong!





Jan 18th - We fished the lower river today and put 3 steelhead in net!  Timmy landed this beautiful chrome steelhead.  Major January thaw is here now and supposed to last most of next week.  River is in great shape and water levels have stabilized.  Up a bit compared to normal winter flows and a slight stain - ideal.  If looking for some winter time steelhead now is great time before the next cold blast comes.  We do offer 6 hours trips this time of year.
 
 
 
 
Jan 18th - The cold weather last week had Foote Dam running some nasty roller coast water everyday which is not good for steelhead.  Winter time these fish like it stable.  You can see what happened when warm weather came and running good now!
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 3rd - Greg with a nice bright steelhead on the Au Sable River!  Good action today and everything came on egg patterns under floats.  Water temps are very cold right now and this method is steady producer all winter. 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 30th - Bart with a beautiful Au Sable River Atlantic Salmon!  Caught swinging a gold/green intruder and putting a lot of action on the fly as it came across the run.  Its been very cool watching these Atlantic Salmon as this is the first fall a fishable number have returned to Au Sable River.  Run sure was not huge but since mid October they have been around.  Peak spawning was in late Oct & early Nov and it was common to find steelhead sitting in runs below them looking for eggs.  After spawning was over many did stick around in river for a while and some are still in the river.  It was very interesting watching these fish as they didn't act like our steelhead or Chinook salmon.  They are not really scared of boats and at time they don't mind sitting in shallow water.  At times very aggressive and other times they seem so uninterested in feeding but don't swim off like most other fish do with repeated drifts thru them.  The DNR did float the river with there electro shocking boat in late October and shocked 9 of them.  The data showed 8 of them were 21-25" and stocked in the river April 27, 2015 and 1 was 26" and stocked April 21, 2014.  Something about that 2015 stocking sure worked out better for the Atlantic Salmon.  In 2015 size of stocked fish did increase.  Hopefully this is just the start of Atlantic Salmon on the Au Sable River!  Next year I would think there should at least be 2 year classes of fish and some up to 7-8lbs.  I would look for good number to at and around the pier head of the Au Sable this spring.
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 29th - A beautiful steelhead being released on the Au Sable River - like they all should be!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 28th - Joe with nice chrome steelhead caught swinging a fly!  Water temps are getting cold but these steelhead with still come out and crush a swung streamer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 28th - Alex and Kenzie with a couple of awesome steelhead while floating with guide Eric Swies on the Au Sable River.  Got to love each getting there first steelhead!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 27th - Matt with a beautiful steelhead on the Au Sable River! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 17th - Cold water conditions today but this beautiful winter steelhead crushed a green and gold Intruder being swung on a sink tip.  Its winter steelhead now and I love the solitude on the Au Sable!  The last week has been pretty tough conditions with cold temps and we did have to reschedule a few days of trips.  Warming trend coming later this week.   A little snow melt and water temps going up a couple degrees should make for some good steelheading.  I do have some date open in late December and January.  With the short days now and colder temps we are offering a 6 hour float trip special - 1 or 2 anglers, hot soup or chili for a quick lunch on the river and all equipment provided for $275. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Senyo's A1 Intruder in these two colors have been very effective this fall and early winter on the Au Sable.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Been using lots of burl corks of late on my custom handles.  Came up with this one for a 11' 6wt Winton two handed fly rod I'm just finishing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 9th - Aaron with a Atlantic Salmon and a Steelhead on the Au Sable River today!  Swinging a natural sculpin is what produced one hard hit from this Atlantic.  Been so cool watching the first run of these fish this fall.  Numbers were not high but at least its a start.  Most of spawning took place from late October to mid November.  Now there are still a few in the river and who know how long they will stick around.  Hopefully all winter.  This one was in post spawning mode and sure was aggressive.  So looking forward to next fall and 2 year classes of these Atlantics coming back to the river!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 4th - Ron with a beautiful steelhead on the Au Sable River!  December is great month to swing flies on sink tips with our two handed fly rods.  Lots of flash of copper/gold on this fly today.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 3rd - Trent with a couple of real nice steelhead that were caught swinging on the Au Sable.  A mid size black leech with a bit of flash was hot fly of the day.  The Winston 13' 3" 7wt two hander has turned into my favorite rod for swing flies this time of year.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 2nd - Tim with bright chrome steelhead on the Au Sable River.  This one just crush this swung fly!  Had a great shore lunch with grilled moose, salmon and homemade bean soup.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dec 1st - Eric with nice bright steelhead on the Au Sable River!
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 19th - Scott with one hard fighting steelhead on the Au Sable River!
 
 
 
 
 
November 13th - Mark with a beautiful steelhead on the Au Sable River and his first one!
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 12th - One of our few cold days this fall.  Hooked up a couple swinging small streamers but none to the net.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 12th - Austin with a beautiful steelhead.  All the fish are so chrome right now and have not been in the river for long.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 11th - A bright chrome steelhead getting released like they all should be!
 
 
 
 
 
November 7th - Trent laying a great cast out with a the Winston two hander.  Been fishing the 13' 3" 7wt and love it!  Casts well with the Airflo Skagit Compact F.I.S.T. 570 grain.
 
 
 
 
November 3rd - This was not the biggest steelhead but it sure smashed small a minnow pattern and jump all over the Au Sable River!
 
 
 
 
 
We stock a full range of Airflo lines and now are carry these two Skagit lines.  There the ones I like to fish and ideal the Great Lakes region.
 
 
 
 
 
Just a beautiful Abel that we recently got in!  Ideal for a two handed rod.  Just love the steelhead graphics.
 
 
 
 
 
October 28th - Tom with a mint silver steelhead!  Such great fighters this time of year.
 
 
 
 
 
One of my new favorite patterns for steelhead.  Something about the gold or copper flash they really like!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lake Huron is sure producing some healthy Steelhead and Salmon how a days!  A few more Kings did come in the river this year and much larger fish than in the past.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 17th -  Getting be a few steelhead in the lower Au Sable River!  We got this smaller one sitting behind old spawning Kings.  Most them are really keyed in on eggs right now.   Water temps will finally drop down into the 50's next week and should start seeing a heavier push of bright chrome!
 
 
 
 
 
 
September 25th - Both these photo were from last year late October!  This is what I'm waiting for now and so looking forward to our fall steelhead run.  Been seeing some excellent steelhead being caught this summer in Lake Huron and looks like these fish are growing bigger now with more bait fish in the lake.  That should make for a excellent fall run.  Just need some cold weather and some rain now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Photos Below From Our Spring Steelhead Season 2016 On The Lower Au Sable.
 
 
 
 
April 21st - A great day of steelhead fishing on the lower Au Sable!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 19th - Never seen a Au Sable River steelhead with this many spots!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 15th - Joe catching and releasing a few good steelhead today on the Au Sable River!  Water levels did jump up a bit from the last of the snow melting.  This high water should be ideal for the coming week of fishing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 14th - Some nice chrome steelhead in the river now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 14th - A huge thank you to the Michigan DNR for bringing lots of young steelhead to the Au Sable River!  We are watching these young fish closely and hopefully can keep the Cormorant out of river with help of USDA Wildlife Services.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 13th - Greg with awesome bright chrome steelhead in the Au Sable River!
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 10th - Don and his son Brandon with a couple nice steelhead today and we had the river pretty much to ourselves.  Saw it all to day with heavy morning snow turning to freezing rain.  Looks Spring is coming back this week and lots of much warmer temps late in week.  Should make for some excellent fishing.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 9th - Aaron with beautiful Au Sable River steelhead!
 
 
 
 
 
April 7th - Timmy keeps on catching them in the lower Au Sable!  Love to see giant steelhead like this one coming into the river from Lake Huron.
 
 
 
 
 
April 6th - More heavy snow today in NE Michigan but some excellent steelhead fishing!  Landed 5 and good numbers of bright silver fish have moved in with the flood waters from last week.  River is really good shape now and look for the best of the Spring run over the 3-4 weeks.  Our cluster egg pattern in chartreuse was very good today along with black stones.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 1st - Here comes the flood!  Water levels were rising all morning and Foote Dam was putting out 4600 cfs.  We gave it a good try this morning and did hook a couple good steelhead. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 30th - Some good steelhead fishing today and some nice chrome fish are in the river now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 17th - Good numbers of bright chrome steelhead are in Au Sable River now!  Not sure what happened to this one's jaw.  Great fighting steelhead but his jaw was sure not right.  What levels are very high today but that won't last long and the lower river typically runs very clear.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Early March - Spring has come early on the Au Sable River!  Steelhead fishing has continued to be very good of late.  Bright fish continue to show up.  These were caught by Timmy Wassmann and Eric Swies - just beautiful steelhead!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 15th - Good numbers of winter steelhead are in the Au Sable now!
 
 
 
 
 
Been kicking out some nice float rods this winter and just love this handle design.
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 6th - Greg with an awesome Au Sable River steelhead!  Bright fish continue coming into the river!
 
 
 
 
Dec 27th - Good Steelhead fishing continues on the Au Sable River!
 
 
 
 
A Custom Winston 9' 8wt BIII Plus - just a awesome rod streamer rod for the Great Lakes region or anywhere big trout swim.  Ideal for saltwater use also.
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 15th - Big rain yesterday and finally some high waters on the Au Sable!  Made for some good fishing and the river is in great shape right now.
 
 
 
 
 
December 15th - Here is temperature graph at Foote Dam.  The triangles are the normal temps for this time of year.  Got to love temps in the lower 40's and that is ideal for steelhead!
 
 
 
 
 
December 6th - Swinging streamers on sink tips!  Been pretty effective of this early winter in the clear waters of the lower Au Sable River.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
December 4th - Joe with beautiful Au Sable Steelhead.  We had a good morning bite and put a few fish in net but afternoon was very slow in the low clear water.
 
 
 
 
 
A new Goby pattern tied on a jig hook!  I think this one will produce well.  Tied by Jason Haddix owner of Waters Edge Fly Co.
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 30th - Greg and I had some good fishing today on the Au Sable River!  Good to see new fish continue to move into river.  Goby pattern produced these beautiful steelhead above!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
November 25th - Releasing a Au Sable Steelhead like they all should be!
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 24th - David with a beautiful Au Sable River Steelhead!  Just a prefect weather day for some late fall steelhead fishing in NE Michigan.  The river could use a bit more water and look for this snow to all melt very soon in current temps.
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 20th - Scott with a nice Au Sable River Steelhead!  Winds today sure did not help out the fishing.  In the low clear waters of Au Sable small nymphs did the best today and produced a couple good adult steelhead.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here is a Goby that came right from the Au Sable River.  These little creatures are very abundant in Lake Huron now and one of the food source for our steelhead.  Patterns that represent these have been some of our top producer for steelhead when swinging flies with sink tips.  Below are some of favorite goby patterns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 19th - Greg with an awesome Au Sable River steelhead!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nov 18th - Been a lot of younger steelhead in the river this fall and they sure are looking healthy!  Just of late the number of adult steelhead is starting to rise.  Should be great December this year with the mild temps this fall so far.
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 27th - Some good steelhead fishing this afternoon on the Au Sable River!  Typically around Halloween is the kick off to some good fall steelheading on the Au Sable River and this year its right on schedule.  In the low water of late swinging flies has been very effective with pattern that look like a goby or sculpin.  Got some good rain in the forecast for the rest of this week and should keep bringing more fish in from Lake Huron.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 27th - Swinging a fly right down thru the deep pockets and right over all the logs in the lower Au Sable.  Airflo Skagit Switch is great line for the lower Au Sable and sink tips in 10-15' of T-11 or T-14 work prefect.
 
 
 
 
 
Oct 12th - This is what we are looking for this time of year - mint chrome!!  Water temps are in the upper 50's and now these fish really do fight and can very aggressive.  Steelhead season is here!!  Hoping to find a few Atlantic Salmon in the lower river also this fall.
 
 
 
 
 
Photos Below From Our Spring Steelhead Season 2015 On The Lower Au Sable.
 
 
May 17th - Had a great time with Bill and Howard today and we found a few awesome steelhead!  With every rain the fresh run steelhead are still coming from Lake Huron.  It might last till June like last year!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 15th - Bill with a beautiful steelhead on the Au Sable River.  Bill and Howard had lots of action today in the lower river and put 6 in the net!
 
 
 
 
 
 
May 1st and 2nd - Brandon with a couple of nice steelhead on the lower Au Sable River!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 30th - Father Paul and Andy with a couple of steelhead today on the Au Sable.  The last week steelhead number have been low but there are fish around with very light fishing pressure. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 27th - 37,000 Atlantic Salmon were stocked into the lower Au Sable River today.  This is the 3rd year of this new program and these were the largest most healthy looking Atlantics so far.  Hoping to start see some returns of these fish this fall!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 13th - Rick booming out a beautiful cast with a two handed rod.  We fished hard today swinging flies on sink tips and could not find that good aggressive biter.  RT below working on an interview for upcoming steelhead DVD.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 9th - Kevin and his son with some nice Au Sable chrome today!  Lots of this run still to come this spring.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New lines in today and loving this Airflo lines for our steelhead and trout fishing.  There Skagit lines, Streamer Max and Elite Trout are my go to lines now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 8th - Stocking steelhead in the lower Au Sable River.  The plan was to bring them earlier this year and all is going well so far.  Hopefully more move out to the lake before larger flights of Cormorants come thru.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
April 7th - Joe fighting a bright chrome steelhead on the Au Sable River.
 
 
 
 
 
April 4th - Had a great time fishing with Susie on her birthday!  Cold and windy that turned into snow.  We had a great time trying to catch a steelhead but the catching part did not work out so well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 30th - Greg with a steelhead that could not get any brighter!
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 29th - Bright chrome steelhead are on there way up the Au Sable River!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 21st - Joe and Eric with some nice steelhead on the Au Sable River today!  Key right now is hitting lots of water and fishing the deepest holes/runs in the river.  Water is extremely clear right now.  Got to love seeing these bright silver males showing up in river now!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 20th - Greg and Kevin landed a few nice steelhead today on the Au Sable River!  Of late everything is coming on very small egg patterns or small nymphs.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 2nd - We are finally back on the lower Au Sable steelhead fishing!  Had good fishing today as we landed 3 and lost a couple of others.  Spring is coming now!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Feb 22nd - Lots of ice in the lower Au Sable River now.  The top part below Foote Dam is in decent shape now and the Rea Rd boat ramp is very usable with 4 wheel drive.  There is some shelf ice in this area but holes are very fishable and some great winter water in top several miles of the river.  There were a few anglers out this weekend and both groups did land a few very nice steelhead.  I will be out this coming weekend and will post current conditions and fishing report.  Below is a pic of the Whirlpool landing and its shocking how well its all frozen in all the way to town.  Going to be a bit before we get into the lower!!
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 18th - Greg with a real nice Au Sable River winter steelhead! 
 
 
 
 
 
Jan 2nd - Starting the year off right swinging flashy bait fish patterns on the Manistee River!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 

Steelhead photos from the 2005 season  (click here)

Trout photos from the 2005 & 2006 season  (click here)

 Trout photos from the 2004 season  (click here)

 

       Current water levels at Parmallee Bridge - Trout waters

Current water levels at Mio Dam on the AuSable River - Trout waters

Current water levels at Alcona Dam on the AuSable River - Smallmouth Bass & Trout waters

Current water levels at Foote Dam on the AuSable River - Steelhead waters

 

Michigan flyfishing opportunities this season include:

  • Streamer fishing - always good, especially Spring and Fall
  • Hendrickson (late-April/early-May)
  • Brown Drake (late-May/mid-June)
  • Isonychia (mid-June)
  • Hexagenia Limbata (mid-June/early-July)
  • White Fly/Ephron (late-August)
  • Terrestrials - hoppers and ants (mid-July thru mid-September)
  • Salmon (late-August thru mid-Oct)
  • Steelhead (Oct thru mid-May)
 

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