Hit the opener up on Michigan's Au Sable River. Good turn out of folks. Spent Saturday fishing the North Branch. Morning started out cold and clear and warmed up for some fun in the sun. The wind was playing havoc with most casters presentations. Water temps were 55 deg. in the upper section. Not much of a hatch going on with only a few small BWO's showing up and a few Hendrickson's in the afternoon.
I rolled a nice Brown on an olive rattlesnake streamer in front of some newcomers to the river. That was my big thrill of the day other than just being out for the opener. In Lovells, the Lovells Township Historical Society had the new museum open for all. A lot of people came out to see this great new addition to the history of fly fishing in Michigan. It started on the North Branch and it is fitting that this is the new location. There are some great events planned at the new museum this season that you won't want to miss.
The New Lovells Township Historical Society Museum
"The History of Trout Fishing on the North Branch of the Au Sable River" is currently on display at the new log museum which is located at 8405 Twin Bridge Road, Lovells, Michigan. Rodger Fechner is the Project Director and he can be reached at 517-265-9571 or 989-348-4880.
May 2003 Events;
Trout Fishing Rods and Reels - Saturday, May 17th 10-12 AM
Speakers inlude; Glen Blackwood on selecting the right equipment and Wayne Cattanach, master bamboo rod builder, and author of Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods
A few of the antique fly reels on display.
You should plan to visit this season. The Log Museum was funded by very gracious individuals like Bud and Kathryn DeVlieg who really seeded the funding with very a substantial donation. Charles and Beverly Gillece, John and Golden Hart, Alan and Jo Ann Smith and many others who donated their time and money to preserve a slice of history in this well thought out and impressive endeavor. Your participation is needed, whether you just come to visit, have something that may be of interest for display, or if you can find the resources to donate to this worthy facility.
We also fished the South Branch where water temps were a little cooler at about 50 deg. No afternoon hatches to speak of. Water was still a little cold. If the warmer weather holds up and the temps rise a bit we could see some great activity there this coming week. Traditionally the Hendrikson hatch starts before the opener. This year it is running behind schedule so there still is time to pack your gear and head up north as warm weather conditions will certainly bring the emergence of important hatches to day fly enthusiasts.
On Sunday I spent the afternoon on the Au Sable below MIO. Water temps were 53 deg. and again no hatches or rise forms. Nymphed the afternoon and was not rewarded for the effort, except for the beautiful scenery. I met some great people on the river and had a wonderful afternoon refining my casting stroke anyway.
Crowds were manageable throughout the system and anglers were court ious were I ventured. All in all it was a beautiful weekend up north and it recharged my batteries. The coming weeks will present some excellent dry fly opportunities for all to enjoy. So get that outfit out of the closet and join some of the fun. Spring is here and I wearing a new smile on my face as a result. Hope you had a great time where you are, I sure did.
Jeff Selser - "netdoctor"
Hatch Chart - Michigan Emergence Schedule
Michigan Trout Opening Day and the Mayfly
Au Sable River South Branch - The Mason Tract