Category: Forum


    May 17, 2017 • Forum, Stream Reports, Upcoming Events

    To see the current stream report for the Upper Manistee and Boardman Rivers, click the link below:   CURRENT UPPER MANISTEE RIVER STREAM REPORT   CURRENT BOARDMAN RIVER STREAM REPORT   These links are updated at least once a week on the Orvis website.          


    April 26, 2017 • Forum, Tips

    Early season trout fly fishing in Northern Michigan is typically centered on the Hendrickson (ephemerella subvaria #14) hatch. This three-tailed mayfly was given it’s common name by Theodore Gordon who tied flies to imitate the hatch for Albert Everett. Hendrickson. The Hendricksons are sometimes referred to as the “Gentleman’s” hatch because of its late morning […]


    March 27, 2017 • Forum, Upcoming Events

    THIS YEAR’S TRIP IS NOW FILLED. BUT PLEASE FEEL FREE TO INQUIRE ABOUT NEXT YEAR’S KOOTENAI TRIP.   Join Dave Leonhard and fish the fantastic Kootenai River in Libby, Montana Sunday, September 3 – Friday, September 8, 2017. These eight anglers will fly to Spokane, Washington, or Kalispell, Montana and then drive to the beautiful […]

  4. How to Choose the Right Leader

    March 16, 2017 • Forum, Resources, Tips

    There are three important choices to consider when choosing the right leader for fly fishing. They are the length of the leader, and the size of the diameter of the butt section and diameter of the tippet (or level portion at the end of the leader).   Length Three factors determine what length leader to […]


    February 4, 2017 • Forum, Upcoming Events

    Join host, Mike Traugott, and fish the fantastic Nordura River in Iceland July 31-August 6, 2017. You’ll stay at the beautiful Nordura Lodge and be guided by their expert staff and fish for first-run grilse and mature Atlantic salmon on dozens of beats. Only 12 rods are allowed on the many miles of river, and […]

  6. Fly Casting: The Pick Up

    January 21, 2016 • Forum, Tips

    Most participants at the Orvis Michigan Fly Fishing School arrive as novices. As such, we start their fly-casting instruction by asking them to pick up the fly line from the ground and deliver it back to the ground.  Amazingly, this is all that fly-casting really is: a pick-up and a delivery. Everything else that we […]

  7. Double Hauling Made Easier

    January 21, 2016 • Forum, Tips

    One of the many casting techniques that I teach each year is the double haul.  When fly casters begin  to challenge their skills and attempt longer casts, they quickly learn that it becomes increasingly difficult to add the increased amount of energy into the cast in a smooth enough manner to avoid tailing loops. As […]

  8. Stream Report Upper Manistee, Boardman Rivers – 7/4/15

    July 4, 2015 • Forum, Stream Reports

    Happy Fourth of July! Boardman River Boardman River is fishing well and still trying to get on track with the hex. Lower water has had great fishing for hex as the big bugs have drawn large fish to the surface nights from 10:30pm-midnight. The upper water from the Forks to Keystone is just beginning to […]