After 10 years of the Midnight Derby, we thought it was time to do something different. So here is our beta version of a brand new fundraiser. From 12 pm Saturday to 12 pm Sunday (August 13-August 14), teams of two anglers can fish anywhere they want, with whatever fly they want, on a sprawling (or not so sprawling) scavenger hunt across Northern Michigan (or as far as you want to drive, really). Fish for an hour, or 24 of them. Just turn your checklist in when you’re done fishing. This year, there’s no lunch, no shirts, and no fee. But, yes, prizes! Fly rods, Lines, Fly Selections, and more. Next year, we’ll make it an official fundraiser.
We will have donation buckets at the event for the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited, which we supported annually through the Midnight Derby. If this is nothing more than a great excuse to grab a kid and spend a weekend fishing, then mission accomplished. If you and a bud want to give this thing a real run, well, have at it.
The 2022 24-Hour Challenge
Free Fly Casting Lessons: 10 am – 12 pm
Lunch: 12 pm Aug 12 – 12 pm Aug 13
Teams of two, fly-fishing only
Most points Biggest Trout Best Picture Biggest of Each Species Size 28 Club
Teams of two can enter up to two fish per species, and do so by entering the length of the fish caught. Example: Bluegill 8”, Bluegill 9” would yield the team 2 points, but the total length of all fish caught will be used as a tie-breaker.
Brown Trout (2):
Trout on a size 28 (6):
-Teams must START and END at Gates to qualify fish.
-Teams must use fly fishing techniques and flies to score and compete.
– Please measure your fish safely and accurately and, of course, don’t lie.
-Fish wherever you want in the state of Michigan.
-Have fun and explore.