Red Fox and friends headed to the White River near Hesperia to enjoy the fall salmon run. The weather was brutal for camping, but the fishing and friendship were great.
The salmon run is good this year, far better than last year. The fish are large and strong. We had several hookups that left us wondering how we would ever be successful in landing one for a photo. I believe we will have several great weeks left this fall to land a monster.
Nymphs, egg, and stones all worked well. As usual, you had to search for a fish in the right frame of mind to eat what you offered.
Fall is a great time to be out on the river. The fish are on the feed preparing for fall. The colors are fantastic and the air is crisp. The Au Sable reports, from Josh at Gates Au Sable Lodge, indicate streamers are the best approach, but terrestrials and a blue winged olive hatch are a strong second option.
Stop in to RFO to get current river status, prepare for a fall outing, and share a story.
Red Fox headed north looking for colder water . Destination was the Au Sable. A float from Stephan Bridge to Wakeley Bridge was the plan, joined by friends Jim and John .
Every trip to the Holy Water requires a stop at Gates for advice, bugs, and grab a couple of sandwiches to be enjoyed on the river. The advice was good, the bug worked as promised, and the sandwiches where hands down the best decision of the day (don’t forget the brownies…).
It was around 1:00pm by time we hit the river. The plan was to float till dark. Air temps would hit 80, with river temps peaking mid 60’s. We had rises all day long. Not consistent, but it provided location of fish. Hoppers turned out to be the ticket. Dead drifted down the middle of the stream. We brought to hand Browns, and Bows. John was extra lucky to hold his first ever Brook. Just before dark we had a decent spinner fall of BWO’s, and I believe a few small caddis mixed in.
Speaking to the other anglers on the stream, the early morning Trico’s are the hatch of the day. It was said that the hatch was so thick, it was hard to compete with all the naturals.
The Holy Water is a must do location. Make the trip. It never disappoints
Friday 6-17 Red Fox ventured up to Mio, to fish the Au Sable on a bright, 85 degree day. First stop was with Bruce at the Au Sable Anglers Fly Shop. Bruce provided us with wisdom, bugs, and spotting of the car/trailer at Commins Creek take out.
Fishing buddies today were Sam and Conner, both very eager to bring their very first trout to the net. Pressure was high to make this a successful adventure.
Fishing was very slow (non existent) for the first few hours. Pressure to succeed was building… As soon as the sun was off of the water, Conner got us going with a nice 13″ brown. From that point till dark, it was all smiles and laughter with both Sam and Conner boating many more.
It is a great time to be on the water. We had a collection of different hatches, starting with Blue Wings, then Isos and Yellow Stones. It got to the point were all you needed was the right size fly and drag free drift. June is Awesome to be on Fly Fisher.
Sam and Conner are hooked. We are already planning the next adventure.
Red Fox fished the Huron River near Dexter last Wednesday. We started at The Painted Trout, to seek advice from Dirk Fischbach, owner of The Painted Trout. He pointed us to good water and gave us a handful of bugs to try.
The river flow was slightly higher than normal, but very wadable. The water was almost warm enough to comfortably wet wade, and the sunny 80 degree day made it very inviting. The river fished well. Smallmouths were hitting small black Woolly Buggers and Cone Head Muddler Minnows, retrieved with short strips. Most action was in mid stream, and near cover. Later in the evening there was a fair hatch of Light Cahills, that had a few fish looking up. Good times had by all.