There are few trout rivers so rich with tradition as Michigan’s Au Sable, and those traditions are alive and well at Gates Au Sable Lodge. Wild brown trout and prolific hatches make for great flyfishing on the “holy water” stretch near the lodge. Flows are gentle, and the river is easily waded. Long, slim Au Sable riverboats still ply the current as they have for almost a century. They are superb fishing craft, unique to the area, and often beautifully finished in clear wood-as much art as a simple boat.
Gates Au Sable is one of the country’s best all-in-one trout fishing lodges, featuring rooms, dining, and a well-stocked fly shop, all just feet away from rising trout. Rooms start at $60 per night (single). Guided float trips in classic Au Sable riverboats start at $225 per day (one angler). The restaurant offers excellent, modestly priced meals.
May through June and September through October are best, although the fishing holds up all season.
How to Go
Fly to Detroit and drive three and a half hours north. Coming from the east, flying to Saginaw, Michigan, will cut your driving time. Reservations are suggested. Call 989-348-8462; www.gateslodge.com.