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2024 FLY TYING CLASSES NOW FORMING!


Join us for the 2024 Fly Tying Classes. Classes begin January 15, 2024 and include use of tools, course book, and all materials. cost for the class is $89 and is geared for beginners, but even experienced tyers will learn new techniques and skills.

CLICK THE LINK TO SIGN UP https://streamsideorvis.com/streamside-classes.html


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October 21, 2023    Tips, Upcoming Events

Spring Art Walk 2023 — Featuring Custom Knife Maker, Patrick Smith


Join us May 5, 2023 from 4-7pm for another Art Walk. Our featured artist will be Patrick Smith, master knife maker from Cole Creek Forge. Patrick will be on hand to answer questions and demonstrate his skill of knife making.

JOIN US FOR ART, WINE, AND LOTS OF FUN!


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April 17, 2023    Upcoming Events

FREE HATCH MATCH CLASS - MARCH 11, 2023



Join us Saturday, March 11 from 10am-noon and learn about basic aquatic entomology,

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January 31, 2023    Upcoming Events

CURRENT STREAM REPORTS

To see the current stream report for the Upper Manistee and Boardman Rivers, click the links below:


CURRENT UPPER MANISTEE RIVER STREAM REPORT

CURRENT BOARDMAN RIVER STREAM REPORT

(These links are updated at least once a week on the Orvis website.)


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December 20, 2021    Stream Reports, Upcoming Events

ORVIS MICHIGAN 2022 SCHOOL DATES


The Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School returns to the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa just east of downtown Traverse City. Orvis Michigan will once again offer both one and two day schools. Conveniently located only a few minutes from downtown Traverse City, the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa will offer dedicated classroom facilities, private trout pond, and luxurious accommodations at special rates for Orvis one day and two day students.

Overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan, the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing Schools combine northwoods beauty and classic elegance at The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. After matching the hatch on Michigan’s famed Manistee, or Boardman Rivers, you can choose to relax at the beach, play some golf or tennis, or explore the beautiful sand beaches of Grand Traverse Bay. The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa is home to our two day fly fishing schools which include wading the famous Boardman River where the Adams fly was invented. Miles of streams are available after class, or take in the sun on the Resort’s private Lake Michigan beachfront.

Schools utilize private trout ponds and classrooms, as well as serene stretches of the Boardman River only a few minutes away. Orvis Michigan is designed to introduce the intricacies of fly fishing to an absolute novice, but even experienced fly anglers will find personal and advanced instruction tailored to their level of experience. From knots to entomology, casting to tackle, the instructors at Orvis Michigan will fully prepare you to step into the stream.



At Orvis Michigan you’ll learn:

- Casting techniques

- Proper fly selection

- Essential knots

- How to play, land and safely release fish

- How to choose your gear and tackle

- How to read the water

- Stream entomology, and more!









One of the attractions of the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School is the variety of rivers that surround the resort. While the Manistee River’s "flies only" water lures most of our float and wade trip anglers, the Boardman River and public access is only minutes away. (Note: The famous Adams fly was invented on the Boardman River in nearby Mayfield, Michigan.) The Manistee is nearly a mirror image of its sister river, the AuSable River. Miles of easily waded gravel and sand bottom and easy access makes the Manistee River the river of choice to set out on your own. The river is approximately thirty to sixty feet across in most stretches and boasts prolific hatches. While the Boardman River is a little narrower (twenty to forty feet across in the upper reaches) it too has open stretches that are especially inviting for the novice angler. Both rivers have easy public access, are two to four feet in depth, and are only twenty to BOARDMAN BEAUTY2thirty minutes from the shop. Spring runs of steelhead and fall runs of Chinook








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November 01, 2021    Upcoming Events

GEARING UP FOR THE HEX HATCH

GEARING UP FOR THE HEX HATCH


by Dave Leonhard

The big bugs are nearly here. Sulfurs (both of the tiny pale yellow mayflies ephemerella invarias #16 and ephemerella dorotheas #18), yellow stoneflies #12-14, brown drakes #10, isonychia bicolor #10, and of course, the hexagenia limbata (hex #4-6). It doesn’t matter that you know the Latin names of the insects that will be hatching over the next several weeks, but it will certainly matter that you match the size, shape, and color of them with your flies to fool the feeding fish. Size does matter.











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June 21, 2021    Tips, Upcoming Events, Forum

The Silent Hatch

This article appeared for the first time in Spring of 2003 as an article I wrote for Michigan Trout’s Shooting Lines. I suggested we reprint it in an effort to avoid a “silent hatch” this year on our favorite streams.

The Silent Hatch

By Dave Leonhard

Many years ago, I wrote a fictitious article about two fly anglers fishing on a Michigan river during the brown drake hatch just as the hex were starting in late June.

The story revolves around two anglers who set out for a weekend of fishing. The two fellas had set up camp at a nearby State campground one Friday night in mid-June and hurried off to the river to find clouds of brown drakes over the water. Filled with excitement they found fish feeding all over the river. With nearly a dozen large trout feeding in front of them they each caught and kept two browns over 16 inches which they

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June 21, 2021    Tips, Upcoming Events, Forum

LEARN TO FLY FISH - FREE! FF101 CLASSES


Learn to fly fish for FREE at a Streamside Orvis FF101 class.

CLICK THIS LINK TO SIGN UP FOR A FREE FF101 CLASS.

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March 22, 2021 Upcoming Events

BACKCAST PODCAST - DAVE LEONHARD


The Lovells Township Historical Society Museum has a great series of podcasts featuring many interesting fly fishing and fly tying experts that share a great history of the sport in the Grayling area. This month's podcast features our own Dave Leonhard who shares nearly 60 years of fly fishing in the area. I think you'll enjoy the conversation around the ol' stove. JUST CLICK THE LINK BELOW:

https://lthsmuseums.podbean.com/e/the-backcast-podcast-episode-19/


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October 04, 2020    Upcoming Events, Forum

CONTACT INFORMATION

Address:
Streamside Orvis
300 E Front Street, Suite 101

Traverse City, MI 49684  

Phone:
(231) 933-9300  

Email:
StreamsideOrvis@mail.com

STORE HOURS

Monday–Thursday
10am–6pm

Friday
10am–7pm

Saturday
10am–6pm

Sunday
11am–4pm

July 4th
10am-3pm



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