Pro Tips: Chuck Hawkins’s Top 10 Michigan Flies

Written by: Chuck Hawkins, Hawkins Outfitters


Chuck Hawkins loves the variety of fishing opportunities in his native Michigan.
Photo courtesy Chuck Hawkins

Kirk Deeter, writer for the Field and Stream blog, once said that he believes that Michigan is the top fly-fishing state in the union. One of the main reasons he believes this is that tremendous diversity of. . .

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Returning a Trout and Salmon River to Its Natural State

Written by: Kory Boozer, Boozer’s Guide Service


Removal of the Pucker Street Dam will reconnect hundreds of river miles of trout, steelhead, and salmon habitat.
Photo by Tim Scott Images

In the late 1800s, a gem of a river in southwestern Michigan began its long journey toward being straightened, confined, and essentially held hostage, with little chance of ever being . . .

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Photos: Discovering Michigan’s Wild Trout Waters

Written by: Tyler Coleman


Michigan’s state fish, in its native waters, is quite a prize.
Photo by Anastasia Coleman

Well, it didn’t take long before my love for small-stream trout fishing had me out and on the hunt. Where we are currently living, there are a few close areas you can fish for browns and the . . .

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Photos: Discovering All a New Home State Has to Offer

Written by: Tyler Coleman


Catching pumpkinseeds on a glass rod is a lot of fun.
Photo by Tyler Coleman

We have recently relocated to Michigan from Arizona. (You may remember our wild-trout series over the summer.) With an overwhelming amount of water around us, I started off by fishing . . .

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Photo of the Day: Monster Michigan Musky


Capt. Eric Grajewski shows off a big musky taken on a fly on Lake St. Clair.
Photo courtesy Capt. Eric Grajewski

You might remember Capt. Eric Grajewski from Robert Thompson’s film “The Brothers Brown,” about the Grajewski family’s love for casting streamers on Michigan’s Au Sable River. But. . .

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Trout Bum of the Week LVII: Brian Kozminski


Kozminski feels blessed by the miles and miles of quality water near his home in northern Michigan.
All photos courtesy Brian Kozminski

Brian Kozminski (or “Koz” to his buddies) is one of those guys I’ve been Facebook friends with for years but whom I’ve never met. It’s clear from our online relationship, however, that this is. . .

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Photo of the Day: A Kaleidoscope of Color


It’s tough to beat a wild brook trout for spectacular colors.
Photo by Greg Miller

Greg Miller—Head Guide at Orvis Streamside in Traverse City, Michigan—sent in this great shot of a gorgeous brook trout that he caught back in August on one of his local streams. The purple. . .

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Photos: November is a Great Time for Splake

Written by: Brian Kozminski,  True North Trout


This splake went over 20 inches and hammered an articulated streamer.
Photos by Brian Kozminski

November fishing can be some of the most spectacular in northern Michigan. Last week, we were catching 20-inch fall back browns (heading back to the lake after spawning) on the upper. . .

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