A Fine Day on the Mainstream

Some days are just meant to be spent on the Au Sable. Here Scott Hummon shares some great shots from his drift earlier in the week. The Drakes have been hatching and the Hex hatch is just about upon us. Time to gear up, get out and enjoy all that our river system - and our property - have to offer!

Mike Clark
Big Brown Trout, Right in Front of Lodge

Here's a picture of a large Brown trout caught right in front of Riverview Lodge & Cabins. Note the McMasters Bridge sign. The trout waters in the vicinity of the resort have some really nice, and big, trout - Brook, Rainbow & Brown. A few nice drift boat floats in the area are from Wakeley Bridge to McMasters (~7-8 hours), Smith Bridge to McMasters (~8 hours), Conners Flat to McMasters (~3-4 hours), and McMasters to Parmalee (~6-8 hours). There are vehicle spotting services through the fly shop. You can also buy some great flies for your trip in the fly shop, Au Sable Fly & Tackle, and some snacks and beverages. Important Tip: Pay special attention to the waters near and in front of the cabins, lodge & Red house. Fish this area long and hard. Don't blow through too quickly just because you're near the take-out access.

Tom Quail
Big Brookie

Some days you just get lucky!  Some days you work hard and make that perfect cast.  

No matter how it happens both ways you just enjoy the success.  I have caught fish while walking up the river with my line dangling in the river behind me.  All of a sudden there is this tugging at my rod and sure enough there is a fish!    Some days you cast until your arm is ready to fall off, making wonderful casts to perfect fish lairs, with nothing but the satisfaction that you placed your fly perfectly, only to have nothing.  Then there is the day that you drop that fly perfectly in between the rock and the log jam and the water explodes.  That happened today and this lovely brookie made my day!  Even the blind shot underwater with the Canon was great.  So many times all I get is a tail, nothing or just a blur.  Today was a good day.  Tomorrow may be a goose egg, but I will come back next week because of today!

Gregg Barckholtz
A River Runs Beside it.

Almost like the iconic movie, but along side, not through.  The river wraps along the property, running behind all the cabins, accept the Adams.  After the cabins, it comes to the lodge and takes a lazy left hand turn and heads toward the Red Cabin.  At the Red Cabin it shows up in the back yard and then takes a hard right and travels along the side of the property.  It can be viewed out 2 sides of the master bedroom at the red cabin.  It then goes to McMasters bridge and just beyond that is the canoe and boat launch or take out.   There is a great canoe / boat launch up stream and it is a lazy, easy 1 hour paddle back to the cabins.  Perfect for a first timer or with someone who has a short attention span.  Also great if you are one of those fishermen who wants to make a cast to every possible holding spot in search of that big old brown trout.

Gregg Barckholtz