About Michigan Fly Fishing

Probably no finer and varied cold water fishing exists in the lower 48 states than in the vast reaches of Michigan’s two unique peninsulas and the encompassing Great Lakes. Seated between four of the five Great Lakes in which 20% of the world’s available surface fresh water is located, Michigan supports over 12,000 miles of quality trout streams and the longest coastline in the continental United States. In this very diverse fishery system one can fish for Brook, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Atlantic Salmon, Coaster Brook Trout, Lake Trout, Steelhead, Chinook, Coho, and Pink Salmon. The abundant gorgeous trout waters include tumbling hard rock mountain stream, unique spring fed creeks and rivers (some over a mile wide), the Great Lakes teeming with salmonid species with large anadromous fisheries creating runs of steelhead and salmon unrivaled in the continental United States. Most of these waters are public access, running through large State and National Forest systems, along with large corporate forest holding with public access.

Michigan’s history is entwined with the sport fishing world.  To name just a few examples: Famed rod makers James Heddon & Sons, L. L. Dickerson, The Paul H. Young Co, and R. W. Summers; Innovators such as Scientific Anglers, Cummings, Iverson; Authors including Ernest Hemingway, Swishers & Richards, Jim Harrison, John Voelker, Chauncey Lively, Jerry Dennis and Tom McGuane; Birthplace of Trout Unlimited and the world’s most indispensable fly: The Adams.

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