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Fall Steelheading 101

Meet "Lurski"

Michigan Fall Salmon 2003

Stalking The Big Kings

Meet me on the Manistee

Snow, Steelies, and the Big "V"

Chuck and Duck

Two-Hearted Trout

Little Manistee Steelhead

Trout Memories

The Art of Fly Fishing for Winter Steelhead

Fly Fishing for River Kings

Trout Fishing 101

Adventures in Fly Fishing

Christmas Folly

Michigan January Steelhead

Is Fly Fishing for Me?


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Michigan's Majestic Maniste
manistee By Tom Deschaine
The Manistee River (a.k.a., the “Big” Manistee) is truly one of Michigan’s premier  classic trout streams.  From its headwaters near Mancelona to it confluence with Lake Michigan in the city of Manistee, the river is in over 200 miles long.  Often times referred to as the ‘sister river’ to the Au Sable, the Manistee has not received as much historical attention but harbors some of the best trout, steelhead and salmon east of the Rockies.

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Happy Birthday TU

By Tom Deschaine

In 1950, two men, Mr. George Mason, president of American Motors and Mr. George Griffith, a textile salesman and conservationist, had a chance meeting on the banks of the Au Sable River.  The two men discussed the need for an organization, similar to Ducks Unlimited, that would help to preserve trout fishing for many generations to come.   Discussion groups made up of prominent Michigan sportsmen continued for several years, slowly working out the details of what would become the nations leading river and fisheries conservation organization......

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The Deadly Dozen
  By Tom Deschaine
I’ve talked with fisherman from coast to coast, and visited hundreds of fly shops.  No matter where I’ve gone I can pretty much count on seeing some classics that have stood the test of time.  I dare say that if you were to carry only these twelve patterns with you, most fishing situations would be covered.  Let’s take a look at them.

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The Teacher
By Tom Deschaine
The latest in a series of Michigan Heritage flys.....

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No More Nail Knots
  By Tom Deschaine
Sick of tying those pesky nail knots?    Don't want the side effects of putting loop to loop connectors on your line?   This technique might be for you......

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Fly Tying on a Budget
  By Tom Deschaine
Always wanted to start fly tying but thought you didn't have the money?   Well save your money for a good vice and get the materials from common household materials.   Tom tells us how......

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Two new flies with Michigan heritage added
to our Michigan virtual flybox

Borcher's Drake

Cabin Coachman

  Two new flies in a series submitted by Tom Deschaine.

Protecting Our Michigan Fly Tying Heritage
By Tom Deshaine

  Tom Deschaine writes about our preserving our Michigan fly tying heritage and presents four more patterns to be archived in our Michigan virtual fly box.....

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