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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-23-2011, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Fishing in Roscommon, MI Next Week..............

I am going to be in Roscommon next week for work and I am going to try to get some fishing in. Most likely the South Branch Ausable River. I am looking for place to put into the river, not looking for your hot spots just access points. Also are there any particular swinging flies/streamers that may be productive? How big is the river? What type of rod? Spey or switch?
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Although the South Branch runs pretty close to town, I'd take a short drive out to the Mason Tract area (which is still the South Branch), which is all state land and great access. (for Michigan..)

Take hwy M-18 North and East out of town.. It will bend to the East. In a mile or so you'll get to Chase Bridge Road. Turn Left (North)..A couple miles from there the road crosses the river again. You can get a feel for the river and it's level there (I do it every time I head "Up North" for fishing).

Continue North on Chase Bridge Road and a very short distance on your right will be a sign to the Mason Tract and you can turn onto a dirt road. There are loads of pullout points and trails to the water. The road doesn't always stay right by the river, but there is a bit of a map in the link I put below. You can also get a guide book with some maps at a local shop for around 20bucks. TU makes it.

The Mason TRAIL goes all the way to M72 and is marked with blue paint on the trees. There are lots of little side paths for you to go down to the river on. You can get in, fish down stream and then get back out, get onto the Mason Trail and walk back up stream to your car. (that's not as easy as it sounds, especially at night in the fog.) Tip... find where you can get out, put a marker in a tree or something before you get in so you have an idea.

Generally, it's not really spey/switch water, esp on the Southern (upstream) part. AS you get past Thayer Creek, the river widens somewhat, but I have always used a SH rod, often only 7.5 or 8 ft. There are plenty of "sweeper" logs that go out into the river you can pull streamers in front of and the browns may be a little more active during the day at this time of year. There are some very nice trout in this water.

Depending on your work hours, night fishing might be a player as well. I was out flinging mouse patterns into the river (and into some trees too I admit) in August.

You can look online for some fly shop reports at Gate's Lodge and the Old Ausable fly shop. Some of the MI streams will close to trout fishing the end of Sept btw if you are there later than that and exploring around.

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I will think on it and if I can think of places I've had good luck with streamers there, I will send via PM. Hope that helps.


Found this link just lookin around.

There's a good photo in this one of what to expect casting-wise... I do most of my "spey casting" with a SH rod for trout or warmwater fish and have found it to be a very valuable tool. When I am fishing streamers on water like this, I will typically have a 8 ft 5 wt rod with a 6 wt line on it and a 5 foot poly sink tip of maybe 30 grains looped onto a loop I welded into the line.
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If you don't mind driving a little more, the main branch of the Au Sable below Mio is a really nice place. Bigger water, more suited to Spey. Big browns...
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South branch

The south branch is great for SH rods and pretty tight in alot of areas though. The main Branch is where one can use the long lines
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