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Fly Fishing The Au Sable River, Michigan
This big river starts north of Grayling Michigan and flows
for about a hundred miles before emptying into Lake
Huron. At Grayling, the main stem is joined by the East
Branch of the Au Sable. Not far from Grayling, at a place
called Burton's Landing, the Graying's nine mile long, fly
fishing only, catch and release section begins. This is
called the "Holly Water" by locals. This special regulation
section ends at Wakeley Bridge. This section is wide but
fairly easy to wade. Fly fishing the Au Sable River is fun.
From the Wakeley Bridge downstream to Mio Pond, the
river gets larger with more pools and a few runs. The
fishing is excellent in both of these upper sections. The
South Branch of the Au Sable River joins the main stem
in this section. The South Branch also has excellent
fishing and also includes a catch and release, artificial
only section from Chase Bridge downstream to Lower
High Banks. The South Branch is easy to wade.
The North Branch also has quality fishing. It joins the
main stream just below the confluence of the South
Branch. From Sheep Ranch downstream to the main
stem, the water is designated artificial flies only.
From the dam at Mio Pond downstream to McKinley
Bridge, the water in the main stem of the Au Sable River
is quite deep in most areas. Wading is only possible in a
few places. This section is best fished from a drift boat.
Fly Fishing the Au Sable River in its lower section from
Foote Dam downstream to Lake Huron the stream, is
very good for steelhead.
Fly fishing the Au Sable River is good any time of the
year. It is a very diverse stream.
Springtime brings about the most aquatic insect hatches
and some of the best trout fishing.
Summer can be good, especially the night fishing during
the big Drake hatches.
Fall may be the best all around time to fish the Au Sable.
Early winter steelhead fishing can be okay.
Fly Fishing Guide to the Au Sable River
There are a huge number of aquatic insect hatches that
takes place on this river. Often, the strategies and
techniques depend greatly on these insects. (Click Here
Au Sable River, Michigan
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