The Au Sable River in north central Michigan
without question one of the most beautiful rivers in the world
– fish or no
fish. But this
river has fish - lots of
them and big ones. In
fact, the lore
behind this river dates back over a century and is haled by avid fly
the world over as a must fly fish river once in your lifetime.
Bob Linsenman, a prolific fly
fishing author, speaker, and expert in this part of the country rarely
anymore, but when he told us he would be our host for the day on the Au
we were humbled, honored and excited.
would later find out we were his first new clients he’s
accepted in over two
We met Bob at his fly shop in Mio,
at 7:30AM along with some local television reporters who had asked if
could film a short piece on our adventure for the nightly news at our
point. It took a
big longer than we had
planned to do the filming but by 9AM we were afloat.
The top water action the first few
hours was hot. Fish
were rising all
around us and we were getting plenty of hits and boating a good number
rainbow and brown trout.
At Bob’s urging, I switched
big streamer rig and tried my hand at raising some of the larger fish
river. It certainly
worked – they rose –
but I wasn’t as skilled at getting them to strike. I had a few near misses
but seemed to always
lose them shortly after the strike.
Lunch was a real treat as Bob
graciously provided a smorgasbord of smoked salmon, cheese, crackers,
chicken, and strawberries.
The afternoon was a bit tougher on
us as the fish seemed to slow down a bit but in the end we boated 17
and brown trout. No
monsters but truly a
day to remember. Even
if you don’t fish
– a canoe float would be a must if you ever find your way
The culminating highlight of the
day came on our drive south in Michigan. You see, a few days ago we
received an email
from a Michigan
resident (Kent Aven) who was excited to see our route was passing by
town. He went on to
say how he was
inspired by our journey and asked about the possibility of meeting us. The logistics seemed to be
working out so we
hooked up with Kent
at the nearby Cracker Barrel at 3:30PM.
Besides the great conversation we enjoyed for
an hour he also sent us on
our way with some of the best cuisine Michigan
has to offer. Some
Bologna, Verner’s Ale, Clemento Napolitano Bread, and
Traverse City Black
Cherries - an awesome ending to a blessed day.