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Orvis Helios 2 Fly Rods - Still at the top of the heap! Award winning technology!

Orvis Helios 2 fly rods are still at the top of the technological heap. At the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Warren, Michigan last weekend, we were amazed at how they still dominate the casting pond, customers' bucket lists, and the river. Check out this new video from Manchester.

Still made in Manchester, Vermont. First-hand knowledge of the quality.

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March 14, 2014 Resources, Forum

New Boardman River Section — Come Float Along - 11/2013

Take a ride along on the Upper Boardman River just 8 miles south of Traverse City, Michigan to see the fantastic river that has returned since the removal of the Brown Bridge Dam last Spring. This river has been underneath Brown Bridge Pond. The length of these videos requires that we put them in three separate sections.

The river is still fairly sterile this Fall. As woody debris and invertebrates re-inhabit the river, fish will return. Spring runoff will also help to reintroduce new life.

This great video was produced by the BOARDMAN RIVER CLEAN SWEEP, a non-profit advocate group for the Boardman.

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November 02, 2013    Resources, Photo Gallery, Forum

Notre Dame Biologists Study Salmon Impact

The University of Notre Dame has graduate students studying the impact of salmon on Michigan trout streams. Finally, a follow up to the famed Hunt Creek work, this work will not only study the issue of competition of young of the year brook and brown trout, but also the impact of decomposed salmon and the contaminants that they bring into the delicate cold water resource. Many anglers have long fought the introduction of salmon and steelhead into the pristine, self-sustaining trout waters of the upper Boardman River in Traverse City, Michigan. While the students' work will begin by focusing on the Platte River, in Michigan's Benzie County, this author is hopeful that the work will ultimately help to document how large spawning Great Lakes species

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October 22, 2013 Resources, Forum

Fly Casting On Small Streams

Busting brush into the dark and overgrown headwaters of our better-known and larger trout streams can offer lots of exciting fishing. Hunting tiny creeks for pocket water and beaver ponds also presents a list of different problems for fly anglers to overcome. Casting to tiny spots without room for a back cast, fooling a trout at close range, or even getting to the stream without breaking the rod can offer trouble without some preparation or experience. This issue, let’s see how to deal with some of these challenges.

Choose the right rod.

Fly casting to a trout that is holding under a bank only ten feet in front of you on a stream that is only six feet wide can be a tough shot. Add to that scenario tag alder, willow and cedar all around and you’ll have a perfect environment for trout to hold in and a nightmare to move about and to cast. A couple of things can help if you plan ahead. First, choose a rod that is suited to such a tight environment. Rods of s.

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October 22, 2013 Tips, Resources, Forum

Upper Manistee and Boardman Rivers — Overview

BOARDMAN RIVER OVERVIEW: The beautiful Boardman River, birthplace of the Adams fly, starts east and south of Traverse City and ends as it flows into the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in Lake Michigan. Self-sustaining populations of rainbow, brown and brook trout inhabit all sections of the river, but have higher populations of brook trout in the uppermost sections. Favorite hatches include Hendricksons and black caddis in May, sulfurs, brown drakes and isonychia in June, with gray drakes and the famous hex hatch in late June and July. Late July and August terrestrial, trico, and baetis fishing rounds out the summer. Aggressive fall spawning browns chase large streamers and attracters in September as well. The upper Boardman River closes the end of September while the lower river below Sabin Dam remains open all year.

In September and October, the lower river fills with Lake Michigan Chinook and coho salmon. The salmon run culminates in late October with a fall run of steelhead.

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May 06, 2013 Resources


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