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    ·Grand River, Ontario June 1-2
    ·Michigan's Au Sable River - Trout Opener
    ·Elk Creek, PA - Steelhead Action
    ·Elk Creek Steelhead Madness
    ·Fly Fishing for Steelhead - Elk Creek - Nov 2002
    ·Trout Season Ends - Au Sable river below Mio
    ·Walleye on the Topwater Fly
    ·Hex fishing the Huron River for Smallmouth
    ·Lake St. Clair Muskie Hunt

    Recipe for Fly Tying Success-About Mike Moreau


    Fly Tying jerrykunnath writes "RECIPE FOR FLY TYING SUCCESS
    By Jerry Kunnath
    [previously published in the Michigan Outdoor news]

    A fly fisher profile

    Mike Moreau has been guiding fly fishers on his local north-east Michigan trout streams since 1995. This married father of two boys loves fly fishing almost as much as he loves the streams and rivers on which he guides clients. Mike spends more than 150 days a year on the water with fly rod in hand. And as he states in his bio at his website, his days on the water are documented since he has kept a journal of his fishing for many years now. Mr. Moreau is also an avid and talented fly tyer. Each year Mike ties over 100 dozen flies for his personal use, his clients, and for varied fly shops throughout the State. Mike is proud of the fact that he is a self-taught fly tyer and fly fisher. He relates how as a boy he spent many days with his father, near their home, hiking through Upper Peninsula woods and swamps on their way to fish for brookies in some of the local streams. Now, Mike passes that self taught knowledge on to others in his fly fishing and fly casting classes and through his interesting and informative guided fishing trips. Mike says that 'A guided trip should not only be relaxed and fun, it should also be informative.' While on the stream, whether in a drift boat or on a walk and wade trip, Mike is willing to share his knowledge of local history, fishing lore, conservation and nature. His trips not only deliver some great trout fishing opportunities, they also give his clients valuable knowledge of the whole eco-system. After all, a fisher who understands the fish's environment can be a better conservationist.

    Mike says that his favorite fish to fish for with his fly rod is actually a toss-up between three rivers and two fish. He enjoys fishing for brook trout on the Black River and then also for brown trout on the Au Sable and the Manistee Rivers. His choice of the most productive fly for both of these trout is the Adams parachute, a fly originally created right here in Michigan on the Au Sable river. His guide service features the use of either a McKenzie style drift boat or one of the historically correct Au Sable Riverboats, which are long and lean and comfortable. [Mike and boat in pic] Clients can choose a full day or a half day trip on some well known waters or some not so well known waters. This year Mike has also joined the other guides offering trips out of Bob Linsenman's new Au Sable Angler shop in Mio. [ http://ausableangler.com/ ]

    When Mike isn't on the water fishing he can often be found hard at work ensuring that the fishery is protected. He is the current Watershed Coordinator of the Upper Black River Watershed Restoration Committee, a group that he has worked with since 1994. This group is a conservation group that watches over and works to restore the Upper Black River, one of Michigan's premier trout fisheries. Each summer they hire a college student and a few high school students to man a crew that works on river improvement projects for the Watershed Committee. These projects include the installation of stairways to limit foot traffic erosion at public access sites on the river, whole tree and woody debris structures for fish cover in the river, and tree abutments. The tree abutments are trees that are anchored to the bank with their trunks and branches used to divert the current in places to reduce erosion. During the winter Mike spends some of his time writing grant applications for the Watershed Committee, grants that help fund most of the Committee's projects. Mike says that their work would be impossible to complete without the valued support, both monetarily and from volunteer worker hours, of the Vanguard Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the members of the Michigan Fly Fishing Club.

    In the time that Mike has been active in the Watershed Committee he says that he can see a definite improvement in both the quality and the numbers of trout in the river. Mike says that fish can now be found in areas of the river where they weren't found previously. The water temperatures are lower, the water clarity is better and the general health of the river system has improved drastically. But he does have a few worries about his home river. Right now the daily limit of fish that can be legally kept while fishing the river is five fish a day with fifteen fish in possession. According to Mike, five fish are way too many fish for a river that is as fragile as the Black. Making this a catch & release fishery, or at least lowering the daily limit would help the river immensely. Mike says that the "Black River system is smaller and that it can't take the pressure." Over 80% of the system is located in State land and there is good access to most of the water. There is just too much pressure on the river and the level of pressure is increasing every year. According to Mike, 'If the river is to survive and if we want to ensure its quality for the future, something needs to be done soon.' Otherwise this beautiful river system will suffer and we all will loose.
    North-East Fly Fishing Guide Service - www.neflyfishing.com


    The ?White Fly?

    Our featured fly for this issue is the 'white fly. The 'hatch dates' of the white:f1y [Ephoron] are traditionally from mid August till late September. This fly typically emerges about one hour or so before dark and the spinner fall can extend till well after dark. The big fish love them and feed on them voraciously. If you are lucky enough to be on the water while a major hatch is on it can look to you as if it is snowing. The hatch can be that heavy. Tie this popular fly in sizes ranging from a #12 to a #16.


    Hook: TMC 5212, 12-16
    Tail: white hackle fibers
    Body: white dubbing
    Wing: white calf tail
    Hackle: white


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    Posted on Sunday, September 19 @ 20:03:38 UTC by admin


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