I'll be up in the Grayling area next month and wondered if it'd be worth packing the 5 wt. Love fishing the AuSable but never gave it a try in mid September. Any thoughts?
Absolutely... Never a bad idea to go fishing...Try using ants, BWO's, attractor patterns...Streamers if it is cloudy and raining.I'll be up in the Grayling area next month and wondered if it'd be worth packing the 5 wt. Love fishing the AuSable but never gave it a try in mid September. Any thoughts?
Kzoo: Great intel, much appreciated. I do mostly spin fishing but a fair amount of fly fishing as well so I'm good with all the options above. I'm looking forward to hitting those parts of the Au Sable that I've not fished since I was a kid (and that was a long time ago, LOL!). Thanks again!What is your preferred method of fishing? The fly shops (Old Ausable and Gates) will direct you anywhere and Skip's will too plus they have spinners and bait. Just about any road off of 72 from Burton's landing to Stephan Bridge has an access site in the flies only water and it is all easy wading. Bait is allowed from the headwaters to Burton's but the season closes 9/30, artificials only below Wakeley to McMasters with the season open year round. By far the most access is in the flies only water.
A lot depends on how late you will be there. Terrestrials are still a good choice early in the month, blue-winged olives will increase in the evenings each week, streamers will pick up as the water cools especially on dark days or after rain, nymphs work but you have to downsize to mostly 16s and smaller, soft hackles will bring plenty of action if not a lot of size and mousing will last most of the month. Stop into one of the shops for a couple of leaders and they'll tell you exactly what is going on when you are there.Thanks guys, appreciate the feedback! Should I plan on swinging streamers? Will dries/nymphs be productive? Just trying to get the hang of this late season stuff...