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July 2019

Orvis 101 Free Fishing Day

July 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Orvis and TU have teamed up with dealers to offer FREE instruction for everyone. Mason-Griffith Founders TU volunteers (guides themselves) and MGFTU board member and Gates Lodge lead instructor Mark Hendricks are here to make fly fishing fun and accessible. No wading or waders required. This is the easiest way to get started. Please bring appropriate clothing, as well as anything you might want to drink or snack on. Bugspray and sunglasses are recommended. - Class is free and the…

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Comprehensive Fly Casting, with Mark Hendricks

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Many of you have expressed the desire for a more comprehensive one-day fly fishing casting class.  This is it.  One day devoted entirely to making you a proficient fly caster.  The goal is simple: regardless of starting ability, you'll leave this class able to cast.  Includes lunch.  Topics covered: Fundamentals of Fly Casting Hand Grips Wrist Action Back Cast Forward Cast The Casting Stroke False Casting Roll Casting Single Haul Double Haul Casting in the Wind Off Side cast Belgian…

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August 2019

Project Healing Waters Dinner and Fundraiser

August 2 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is having the third annual “ Holy Waters Ambassador  Tournament“ trip for five disabled veterans on Aug. 24, 2019 at Gates Au Sable Lodge, the five “ Ambassadors” are selected from programs throughout the county to give them the opportunity to fish the Holy Waters of the AuSable river. Our goal this year is to bring more awareness of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (PHWFF) and our veterans experience on the AuSable, this also a fundraising…

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Kid’s One Fly (Box) Challenge

August 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Anglers of the Au Sable sponsors this annual event. This is our 7th Kids One-Fly (Box) Challenge for anglers 17 years and younger. All participants will receive a complimentary fly box with donated flies and, if needed, volunteer chaperones to take them to the river (or pond, or lake, or creek) for a morning of fishing. Awards! Prizes! Anglers must use the flies in their box of choice. We do this because kids are awesome, and a kid fly-fishing…

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Midnight Derby

August 10 @ 7:00 pm - August 11 @ 3:00 am

Have you ever seen so many people who think going fishing at midnight with a box full of mice is cool? Neither have we. So we celebrate it: a night fishing one-fly “competition.” Every year we raise well over $1000 for the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited. This is a fun event. Not a serious competition…though we do offer some real prizes through our partnerships with Hatch Reels and Sunrise Distributors. Includes a huge barbecue at 7 p.m., music, and…

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