Its just getting light in the east as you pull on your
waders. A few birds are chirping to welcome the dawn. It
takes a few minutes to gather all of the gear that every
trout fisherman must don before entering the stream.
The net, creel, box of flies, maybe some #8 hooks and a
few "garden hackle." Sounds like you're ready to start.
When you get to the stream it's a good idea to "study the
water." Hmm! No Hatches are on, so no need to tie on
the #14 Adams. What will it be? Nymph, wet, streamer?
Maybe one of the "garden hackle." No, save those in
case the flies don't work. They're always good for the
last resort. Tie on the streamer and start fishing.
A Crystal Falls Catch!
The water is crystal clear. The bottom is good solid
gravel. A few false casts and the streamer hits the water.
A few casts later and "bang!" a brookie hits. A few
moments and you land your first fish of the day. You'll
probably let the fish lay in your hand for a few minutes
as you admire the beauty of a native brook trout. You
remove the hook and let it return to the water. You'll get
a bigger one when you get down to your favorite spot.
Sound pretty good? Well this is what to expect when you
fish the Blue Ribbon Trout Streams of Iron County.
Beautiful scenery, quiet solitude and some of the best
doggone fishing you've every experienced. Come on up
and give it a try.
Michigan is blessed with an abundance of cold, quality
trout waters offering 38,000 plus miles of rivers and
streams, including over 12,500 miles of classic trout
streams. Remarkable, 868 miles are considered
premier top-quality streams, which Michigan classifies
as its Blue Ribbon Trout Streams (BRTS).
A Blue Ribbon Trout Stream must meet certain
standards or criteria. It must be one of Michigan's best
trout streams, be able to support excellent stocks of wild
resident trout, have physical characteristics to permit fly
casting but be shallow enough to wade, produce diverse
insect life and good fly hatches, have earned a
reputation for providing an excellent trout fishing
experience and have excellent water quality.
Management of Blue Ribbon Streams by the Michigan
Department of Natural Resources is directed toward
accommodating the needs of the trout angler,
maintaining strong stocks of wild resident trout that best
suit the character of each stream, maintaining and
enhancing trout habitat and the natural stream
environment, providing adequate public access and
public frontage and preparing appropriate informational
materials on these special Blue Ribbon Trout Streams of
District 2 Blue Ribbon Trout Streams, which includes the
Crystal Falls area, is the home of 6 of Michigan's best.
Brule River, Iron County (M-73 to M-189)
Cooks Run, Iron County (US-2 to Paint River)
Fence River, Iron County (Junction with East
Branch to downstream edge of Section 35, T45N,
R31W - See Plat Book)
Iron River, Iron County (Raft Lake (T43N, R36W,
Section 12) to City of Iron River
Paint River (South Branch), Iron County (Forest
Road 3270 to Gibbs City
Ford River, Dickinson County (Upstream edge of
Section 15, T43N, R30W to Henderson