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Fly Fishing the Au Sable River in Michigan

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Au Sable River is a fly fishing location in Michigan. This destination has an elevation of approximately 586 feet. Please view the pinpointed location for Au Sable River on the Google Map to the right. If you'd like directions to this destination, please click here for directions (provided via Google Maps).

Au Sable River reports

George Killat (Woodandfly) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: rown Drakes, Caddis and BWOs all coming off. (05/29/10)
George Killat (Woodandfly) reported - 3 - Fair fly fishing: The large amount of rain has raised rivers and made fishing difficult in many areas. (04/30/09)
George Killat (Woodandfly) reported - 4 - Poor fly fishing: The Main Branch of AuSable below Mio is warming up due to the dam in Mio and the fishing has dropped off. Time to take the stress off the fish here and go elsewhere (07/25/08)
George Killat (Woodandfly) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: The water level is down and clear and temp is 64. (05/30/08)
George Killat (Woodandfly) reported - 2 - Good fly fishing: DNR recently stocked the lower area below Mio and there a a fair number of rainbow easy to catch. (05/23/08)
George Killat (Woodandfly) reported - 1 - Excellent fly fishing: Fished from Burton's to Louies. Good clear day but fish weren't looking up yet despite the hatches. (12/30/08)
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Au Sable River descriptions

George Killat (Woodandfly) wrote - The AuSable River is the premere trout stream in Michigan. For detailed information on where to access this river go to www.challengechapter.org and click on river guides. These inexpensive books give details on the river and access points along with hatches and fly pattern. The money goes to Trout Unlimited in Michigan (07/25/08)
Andy Idema (aidema) wrote - The Au Sable River in Michigan runs approximately 129 miles through the northern Lower Peninsula, through the towns of Grayling and Mio, and enters Lake Huron at Oscoda. It is considered one of the best brown trout fisheries east of the Rockies. (06/07/08)
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Au Sable River businesses

Shop Guide Service Lodge School (Classes) Travel Rods Manufacturer
Nordic Sports
218 West Bay Street
East Tawas, Michigan
Fly Fishing Creations.com
5607 Woodberry Ct
Midland, Michigan
Other Schmidt Outfitters
918 Seaman Rd.
Wellston, Michigan
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Andy Idema (aidema)
I love the Au Sable River. I fished it on July 19th and still hit the hex hatch. Awesome night. (1/19/13)
Pete Mertz (drdetroit76)
I just fished it for the first time last weekend and hit the Brown Drakes. It was quite an experience for me as well. (1/19/13)
Jim Maslanka (jimmaslanka)
On Tues, Sept 4, I spent a half day with Joe Guild, from Gates Au Sable Lodge, for an on-stream guided instructional session on the South Branch of the Au Sable, just North of M-72 and East of S. Stephan Bridge Rd. The weather was in the upper-70s and partly cloudy with a light wind. The water was shin-to-thigh deep, so we (1/19/13)
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Andy Idema (aidema)
Excellent (07/15/15)

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David Pascoe (depascoe)
Main Branch of the Au Sable is low and clear. Tricos in the morning, Blue Wing Olives in the evening. The night fishing is fair. The fish at night are slashing at the flies and not really take them. Seems they have developed a habit of playing with their food. (4)   |  Reply
Andy Idema (aidema)
Did anyone have success on the Au Sable during the hex hatch this year? I fish the hex hatch almost every year and this year I got skunked. Two nights in a row... The first on the Au Sable and the second on the Little Manistee. I fished in mid July. (7)   |  Reply

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Lower Au Sable River, Michigan 5 miles away
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Au Gres River, Michigan 32 miles away
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Big Creek, Michigan 48 miles away

Nearby cities

East Tawas, Michigan 9 miles away
Greenbush, Michigan 9 miles away
Oscoda, Michigan 10 miles away
Mikado, Michigan 12 miles away
National City, Michigan 16 miles away
Harrisville, Michigan 18 miles away
Glennie, Michigan 19 miles away
Tawas City, Michigan 20 miles away
Lincoln, Michigan 21 miles away
Barton City, Michigan 24 miles away

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