Monday, April 23, 2012

Trout opener near

   Although the numbers aren't similar between the number of deer hunters and fly fishermen heading north for their respective openers, there is still a migration of sorts that will head that direction for this Saturday's opener.
   Whether you take half a day off work on Friday or decided to leave early Saturday morning, notwithstanding the weather, there will be a population influx in Grayling and surrounding environs.
   Should you find yourself north this weekend here are some ideas to consider that provide a little diversion from the usual opening day.
   The first would be the practically all day barbecue at the Old AuSable Fly Shop and the yearly annual opener party.
   With the shop stocked as full of new merchandise as the grills are with wonderful food, this outing is always well attended.
   Later Saturday evening, the Grayling library across from the hospital, hosts several of the area's top fly tiers and guides for a purely demonstration experience.
   Some of the guides will speak about trout fishing, giving some area history to go along with it. And the  library has a wonderful collection of rare books about fly fishing, area characters and some of the history that went into making this a special place.
   Those not in the stream Saturday may want to drive to Lovells and the Lovells Township Historical Society's annual trout opener celebration.
   Fly tiers, artists and rod builders gather to show off their work and talk fly fishing. A leaky waders 1K run are part of the festivities.
   Be sure and wander into the museum on the grounds of the historical society. There are more exhibits and treasures to discover in the recently remodeled building.

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