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Just like the title says, I’m looking for a guide upper AuSable area.
Would prefer to wade and spin cast (bring my own gear)
I’ve got the bite for searching for brook trout and I have been incredibly unsuccessful on my own so far. I know that particular species is a heavily guarded secret, especially LP. DMs are welcome, if you prefer.
 

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Last general question… if I find a spot and I’m catching creek chubs, and baby perch, is that whole stream a no go? Or do I need to go up/down looking for something else?
 

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To me, Chubs are a sign that the water is warmer and Brookie habitat is not as good as it could be.

So a key accessory for Brookie fishing is a thermometer. And, a map. Actually, lots of maps. You can’t have too many maps for Brook Trout fishing, and Google Maps is one of the least useful. It’s much more like hunting than any other kind of fishing.

Streams coming out of lakes are usually too warm for Brookies in particular; sometimes for all Trout. Sometimes such streams do cool down via ground water inputs as they get farther from a lake source.

Brown Trout can handle warmer water than Brookies. But where there are Brown Trout, there are a lot less Brookies. Same for waters that host fish coming in from the Great Lakes. They might still hold Brookies, and occasionally grow a really nice Brookie, but the Brookies have more competition for the resources in the stream.

As for the Au Sable, I haven’t fished it and don’t plan to. But it is surely in the top 3 most famous Trout waters in Michigan. Famous waters are not always good Brook Trout waters.

So the solution is to start hunting Brook Trout in the watersheds to the north of the big Au Sable drainage. The further north you go, and after a certain point, the further west you go, the better the Brook Trout fishing gets. Until you find yourself in Wisconsin, where the Brook Trout fishing just ain’t that great again - lakes, everywhere.

It ain’t rocket appliances. It’s about reading maps, and walking on in there. In most ways, Brook Trout are ridiculously easy to catch, though they easily elude the idjits in the world. But if you can catch Brown Trout without any trouble, it’s the same for Brookies, maybe easier.
 

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It’s rocket appliances to me Ricky!

I’ve never chased trout before.. and for some reason, I decided to pick the hardest and most secretive species to locate, to pop my cherry on lol

I like the adventure so far though. Have spent a bit of time so far stumbling around in woods a lot of my friends don’t dare wander alone.
And taking some amazing pictures and making memories doing it!

Again, all solid advice.. I really appreciate the responses! I need to get up and start scouting. Maybe next weekend. Been burning on 12s and 13s and need to catch up on stuff around the house this weekend
 
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