01/23/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 9

Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

Some of the Great Lakes tributaries of Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota are
highly rated trout, steelhead and salmon streams. Several of the spring creeks in
the Driftless Area of Southeast Wisconsin and corner of Minnesota and Iowa are
first class trout streams. There's over 600 spring creeks in the Driftless Area. Here
are some of the Great Lakes and Northern Mid-Westerns Streams we like.

Pere Marquette River Michigan
This is the very first river to be stocked with German Brown Trout in the nation. It's
also one of Michigan's best salmon, steelhead and brown trout streams. It's a
tributary of Lake Michigan. One thing that makes it an excellent trout stream is the
fact much of its water comes from springs. All of its tributaries are spring fed. This
means a good pH level with plenty of food for the trout. It has an eight mile long,
catch and release only, artificial fly/lure only section that is excellent. You have all
types of options. A nice steelhead run with plenty of wild fish and a good Chinook
Salmon run for those who enjoy catching them on the fly. It's also a beautiful stream
with some large wild brown trout. I'll give this one an "B plus" and the only reason it
isn't an A is because it doesn't solely depend on wild trout.  

Little Manistee River Michigan
The Little Manistee River is our favorite Michigan stream to fish. Its trout are mostly
brook and brown trout and all of them are wild or native. Like the Pere Marquette
River, it too is spring fed and a tributary of Lake Michigan. All of its steelhead are
wild. They enter the river twice a year. The salmon enter the river to spawn where
some are caught at a weir dam and their eggs taken for stocking other streams. The
salmon proceed on up into the upper part of the stream.  It's a beautiful stream
that's a pleasure to fish. It's very diverse and fishing it requires a number of different
tactics at different times depending on what species you are pursuing. I'll give it an
"A minus' and the minus is there only because the trout waters have limited access
and although it holds some large brown trout, much of the lower part consist of
large, deeper pools that limits normal stream-like trout fishing.

Boardman River Michigan
This little river is quite different from the normal trout stream. It looks like a brown
trout heaven with all kinds of structure and cover in its waters for brown trout. It is
noted for its good brook trout fishing and its brown trout. It also has wild and
hatchery raised steelhead and salmon runs. We have fished it twice and both times
it seemed we caught a brook trout at least every other cast. The browns are also
very plentiful and can often be caught on a dry fly. The river has too many dams
and the lakes created by them degrade the river. I think some are either being torn
down or under consideration to be torn down. The river also has very limited
access. I love fishing this little river but I cannot rate it over a "B plus" because of
dams and access problems. By the way, the Adams fly was named on this stream.

Au Sable River Michigan
The Au Sable River is certainly the most famous river in the state of Michigan and
known by most fly anglers around the entire country. It's a tributary of Lake Huron. I
can't figure out whether someone did the World's best marketing job for this river, or
if in fact it is a great trout stream; however, if I were forced to bet, I would put my
money on the marketing side. It's a very good trout stream, so please don't take that
statement wrong. I just don't think it's one that belongs at the top of the list for the
nation. It has a great nine-mile long catch and release area, called the Holly Waters
that's a very good section of trout water. It's big, about eighty miles long, with a
huge variety of fishing opportunities including steelhead and salmon runs. Its trout
are wild and plentiful and there's decent access to much of the stream. It's also
known for its huge "
Hexigenia Limbata" hatch. I'll give it an "A minus".

Wolf River Wisconsin
The Wolf River, located in Northeastern Wisconsin, has sixty miles of water that
holds trout. Thirty-four can be fished by the general public and the remaining
twenty-six can is set aside for the Indians of the Menominee Reservation. It's in
essence a shallow river with lots of huge boulders and rocks spread throughout
much of its length. It's a beautiful trout stream. Heavy icing conditions in the Winter
and shallow water makes it tough for a lot of natural production or stream-bred trout
but it has approximately 30 percent wild trout and in some areas of the river, all the
trout are wild. If your in the general area, this river is well worth fishing. I can't very
well rate it at the top because it is heavily stocked but I will give in a "B". Check out
some of the pictures of it
on the four pages of this site.
By the way, all of these streams are included under the Stream Section with four
pages of pictures and information on each one.

Trout Run Creek Minnesota
Trout Run Creek is a beautiful little spring creek that's a tributary of the North
Branch of the Root River. It's located in the famous Driftless Area mentioned above
and is one of the 600 spring creeks in the area. It has both stocked and wild trout
but plenty of wild browns, especially in its uppermost area in it's cooler water. In fact,
the little stream has some big brown trout. It's just one of a many spring creeks in
the Driftless area that's well worth fishing. It's difficult to rate this one little stream
high or as a destination stream, but the spring creeks of the Driftless Area as a
whole should be considered a fly fishing destination for those that like small spring
creeks. I'll give the stream a "B plus" and the Drfitless Area as a whole a "B plus".
The only reason I don't give the aras A is because, for the most part, the streams
are very small and access is a problem for many of them. If you look around you
can find plenty of streams that you can fish though.


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