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With Lake Erie to the southeast, Lake Huron to the northeast, Lake Superior in the north, and Lake Michigan to the West, along with the countless lakes, rivers, and streams throughout the mainland, the diversity and variety of Michigan?s fisheries can be quite overwhelming. Nearly all of the popular freshwater species exist throughout Michigan, including trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, pike, musky, and carp, giving anglers a seemingly endless list of options when planning a day on the water.
Michigan?s fishable water is well-distributed throughout the state, but the streams holding the fly angler?s primary targets ? trout, steelhead, and salmon ? are located in the central and northern portions of Michigan?s Lower Peninsula. Famous rivers such as the Manistee, Pere Marquette, and the Muskegon have epic runs of steelhead and king salmon that come in from Lake Michigan, but also support high numbers of quality brown and rainbow trout. The Little Manistee and the Au Sable, which is where the Adams dry fly was invented, are two of Michigan?s blue ribbon trout streams, offering world-class fishing for both stocked, wild, and lake-run brown trout and rainbow trout in addition to some of the best runs of steelhead and salmon in the Great Lakes region. The southern portion of the state has excellent fishing too, with the Black River known for its healthy population of wild brook trout, the state?s only native trout species, and the St. Joseph River which is likely one of the most heavily stocked steelhead rivers in the world.
Those wanting in on Michigan?s top-notch warmwater action should check out the Grand River along with its many tributaries including the Flat River ? well known for its high-quality smallmouth, and carp fishing. With such a wide variety of water to choose from and species to target, fly fishing in Michigan is an all-year pursuit, and even if you spent every waking moment fishing, you?d never have enough time to sample even a fraction of the great fishing the state has to offer.
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When the winter weather sets in, fish get lazy
posted on Tue Feb 7
Well it’s officially winter here on the east coast. For me, winter means bundling up next to the fire tying dozens of flies at the vice and eating pizza on an almost nightly basis. My winter activity is actually very similar to how trout act in th...
Choosing the proper fly rod
posted on Sat Jan 21
Proper fly fishing gear is essential. Along with the reel, flies and line, the most important gear is the fly rod. Fly rods may vary in length from 6 - 12 feet and come in different weights, colors, actions, materials and types. Understanding the rod...
6 Tips to take better photos of your catch
posted on Fri Jan 13
Having a photograph taken of your catch is something that all anglers can appreciate. First trout, biggest fish, memorable catch, etc. etc. That photograph can be looked back at years later and it will remind you instantly of that day. What I'm here ...
Guides based in Michigan
Today TU is a national organization with more than 150,000 members organized into about 400 chapters from Maine to Montana to Alaska. This dedicated grassroots army is matched by a respected staff of lawyers, policy experts and scientists, who work out of