Field & Stream Magazine’s FlyTalk picked the 12 Best States for flyfishing in the U.S.A., and Michigan hooked their #1 spot. Kirk Deeter writes that he based his picks on a variety of factors including all-around (multi-species) opportunities, angler-friendly environment and a cultural affinity to fly fishing.
1. Michigan. Another sentimental pick, for sure. But the first brown trout in America was planted here. Trout Unlimited started here. You’re never more than a few miles or so from a fly-fishable body of water. There’s bass, pike, panfish, steelhead, salmon… and the carp fishing can rival some of the best “flats” action in America, no joke.
If you go to /Fish on Absolute Michigan, you can get all kinds of articles on Michigan fish & fishing, including features about the history of fishing in our state from Hemingway to the planting of salmon in the Great Lakes – even a 1950s travel reel on Michigan trout fishing! There’s also features on invasive species like the Asian Carp that threaten Michigan’s $7 billion fishing industry.
PS: Because it’s Michigan Wine Month, here’s a shout out to one of the coolest dining experiences that I know of in Michigan. It’s called Dining on the Fly. It takes place several times each summer in northern Michigan and features a day on the river followed by a streamside dinner paired with wines from Bowers Harbor Vineyards!