The waters of northern Michigan are nothing short of an angler's paradise. Clear, cold water bubbling out of glacial sands, flowing over beautiful gravel riffles, and massive submerged lumber logs reminiscent of an era-gone by. This is Hemingway country, home to the Pigeon River Country State Forest, and a place where famous individuals like John Voelker - the author of Anatomy of a Murder and Trout Madness - and Paul Young - the bamboo rod maker and fly shop owner from Detroit - fished with guide Teddy Kotowich on the Jordan River.
Things are surely different than they were in the early 20th century, but the serenity and beauty of our rivers, as well as the legends among them continue to stand the test of time.
Relatively small for most of its length, however, do not let its small size fool you. There are some great angling opportunities in these waters.
Michigan's First Natural River. Considered by many as the most scenic locale in Northern Michigan, the Jordan River Valley is a beautiful escape from the ordinary.
The upper reaches of the Manistee River - or the Upper Manistee as most refer to it - is classic Michigan trout water in true form and arguably contains some of the best fly fishing opportunities in the Midwest.
The fastest river in Michigan's lower peninsula. Cold and well oxygenated, the Sturgeon offers fantastic fishing opportunities along its northern route to Burt Lake.
A Michigan Natural River and the heart of 'The Big Wild' - Michigan's Pigeon River Country State Forest. A classic blue ribbon trout stream hidden from the noise of modern civilization.
“This is the way forests were in the olden days. This is about the last good country there is left." Hemingway Country, through and through, and one of the finest brook trout streams east of the Mississippi.
Cold and sandy bottomed with a beautiful tannin stain and a healthy population of brook, brown and rainbow trout... the Maple is a classic Northern Michigan trout stream tucked away in northwest Michigan.