I've waited a long time for this book.
The Au Sable River Journal is one of a terrific series on
the fine trout waters of America. This one is particularily
dear to me because the Au Sable in Michigan is my home
When it arrived a couple of weeks
ago, we were in the process of leaving for the San Mateo
Show, and doing the work necessary to have this website
ready for the next week. In other words, I didn't have
time to sit down and read it. I thought I'd do a quick
look and really read it when we got back. That lasted
a couple of pages.
Au Sable River Journal is just wonderful.
JC and I know this water. And to be honest, I got a little
misty-eyed reading some of the descriptions. The author
has balanced the history, magic and reality of the river.
He has included a map with selected access points of special
interest to fly anglers, three pages of color photos of the flies,
hatch chart, fly shops and outfitters, and a list of camping
But best of all are the glorious photos!
Photos of fish and fisherman, photos of the river from the
calm sandy shallows to the big water at Mio Dam. Wonderful
Perhaps the reason it is wonderful is
the attitude of the author, Bob Linseman described in "About the
Author:" Bob Linseman has been fly fishing (exclusively) for
more than 40 years. He fishes throughout North America and
the Caribbean, but his favorite and home water is Michigan's
Au Sable River."
"He is a fly-fishing guide and writer.
His published books are Michigan Trout Streams: A Fly
Angler's Guide and Great Lakes Steelhead: A Guided
Tour for Fly Anglers , W.W. Norton, (Both with Steve
Nevala). His articles appear in Fly Fisherman, The Fly
Fisher, American Angler, Midwest Fly Fishing, and
Wild Steelhead & Salmon. He is the editor of the
Riverwatch the journal of The Anglers of the Au Sable."
"Bob's daughter Ciree lives in New Mexico
and his son Marc resides in Chicago. He owns two old 4WD
Chevy trucks, 21 fly rods, one drift boat, three shotguns, and
a good camera. Bob lives with two labrador retrievers in a cabin
near the Au Sable. He is obviously single."
The series of River Journals
published by Amato each cover the most outstanding
North American trout, salmon and steelhead rivers.
Each is a sumptuous, full-color visual feast of the river
and it's environment. Produced on premuim, thick,
high-gloss paper showing the river and it's fishing
in different moods, seasons and faces throughout
Others in the series include
the Madison, Silver Creek, Thompson, Big Hole,
Penn's Creek Rio Grande, Miramichi, Upper Sacramento, and
Salmon River (NY). There are currently 20 River Journals
available with more scheduled.
The prices range from $14.95 to $15.95
and form an excellent basis for a fly fishing library. The
River Journal: Au Sable is softbound, priced at $15.95,
ISBN: 1-57188-093-3. If you have every been on the Au Sable
or plan on fishing it in the future, get it. Maybe you will
be a little misty-eyed too. ~ DB