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