"Since it first appeared in 1985, Hendrickson's book has introduced legions of fly fishers to the state's most-treasured rivers. In this newest edition, author Jim DuFresne has made a good book better . . . DuFresne, author of more than twenty books, is a careful, consummate researcher and passionate fly angler. Modern trout anglers are lucky to have a wealth of Michigan rivers and streams to discover and to carry on the special sport first enjoyed by fly fishers more than 150 years ago. And they are lucky to have this book to help guide them to the best of all places to do it."
---Tom Huggler, award-winning author of more than a dozen outdoors books
This completely revised and updated edition of the indispensable original offers more information on why Michigan is such a great place for all fly fishers. Twelve Classic Trout Streams also features new material---for example, information on hatches, including a hatch schedule chart; a list of ten flies that every Michigan angler should have; and equipment (line weight, rod length, etc.) for Michigan streams.
At the heart of the book is the increased number of public access sites complete with GPS coordinates---a first among guides to Michigan streams. There are also all new photographs and improved maps that include stream bottom identification.
Twelve Classic Trout Streams answers basic questions for any trip to a trout stream to be successful. Where are the best access sites? How wide and deep is the river there? Will you stand on firm sand or gravel, slip on hard clay or muddy stones, or sink into soft sand or mud? Is the current slow enough that you can wade easily upstream or so fast that you will be swept off your feet? All of these things are described or shown on the maps.
Gerth E. Hendrickson was a member of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He wrote prolifically on trout streams.
Jim DuFresne is an outdoor writer based in Clarkston, Michigan, and author of more than a dozen wilderness/travel guidebooks. DuFresne gave up the spinning rod for the fly rod in the mid-1980s and has never turned back.
Cover photograph by Jacom Stephens © iStockphoto.com