AuSable Essays...



Check here often for stories, quips, and philosophizing about life on the Au Sable, in the rod shop, and Northern Michigan in general...




February15, 2021






Early Spring view of the Au Sable by the shop





Welcome to the new Razing Kane web site! Recently our software provider pulled the plug on the antique program we were using requiring a total update. We hope you like the results.

Life round the shop has been proceeding at the slow steady winter pace usually adopted when the temperatures finally dive into the negative as it has the past week. So far it has been an easy winter with the temps on the milder side for Northern Michigan and a lack of snow that sends the snowmobilers into a tither, but makes some of us smile. The wood pile by the outdoor boiler is holding up better than in most years, which means less cutting, splitting, and stacking in the summer. Just breaks my heart.

As far as the new site goes, you will notice some important improvements, including expanded off the rack rod offerings and our new blank program, which over the last two months has proven popular. Our blanks are available in any configuration you may desire with current wait time of four to six weeks.

As with all things in the world, Covid 19 has thrown a bit of an ugly twist to life around Grayling. While our overall cases are relatively low, it still is rather easy to begin feeling caged and having all the fun things in life curtailed. A good case in point is The Midwest Fly Fishing Expo that will be cancelled for the second year in a row. Hopefully a couple shots in the arm will begin to cure our isolationism. Until then, we ask if you chose to visit the shop that you mask up as a precaution.

Speaking of the shop, our new rod display room was definitely under visited this past Summer amid our current situation. That being said, and hopefully with an improving public health outlook, please put a shop visit on your radar. this year. We always look forward to spending time with our friends. Until then, keep warm, keep safe, and keep your chin up. This too shall pass...and keep your waders wet on the outside...


John Niemann

The Razing Kane Rod Company












...and what we're looking forward too...