Michigan Fly Fishing Festival Coming To Boyne Mountain July 20-21
Michigan has been named the “No. 1 State for Fly Fishing in the United States” by Field & Stream magazine. Boyne Mountain is honoring that tradition by hosting the first annual Michigan Fly Fishing Festival July 20-21.
Fly fishing is often popular with skiers, and Boyne Outfitters, located at the resort, offers fly fishing excursions for guests even during the winter months, which have become quite popular, Boyne's Erin Ernst told SnoCountry.com.
“We started offering the fly fishing trips last winter and found they were a popular outing with skiing and boarding guests,” she said. “That trend has carried into the summer with golfing guests and families visiting the resort.”
The festival brings about 20 fly fishing manufacturers together and offers complementary casting clinics and guest speakers, fly fishing challenges, casting competitions, a barbecue and live music.
Festival hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. Vendors will set up near the Mountain Grand Lodge and will feature fly fishing equipment and clothing. Complementary casting clinics will be available at the pond throughout the festival. Admission is free.
A casting competition at the pond is from 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - on Sunday. Entry fee for the contest is $10 with half the fee going to Miller-Van Winkle Chapter of Trout Unlimited for conservation work and the other half being divided between the top three contestants.
The Tip of the Mitt Fly Challenge kicks off at noon on Saturday. The 24-hour fishing competition costs $25 to participate and the angler that catches the largest fish in northern Michigan takes home a Redington Link 590-4 Rod valued at $350. It’s a catch and release competition. Registration takes place at Boyne Outfitters.
Fly fishing has a long history in this part of northern Michigan. Boyne Mountain and Boyne Outfitters are situated in the heart of the Midwest’s “Golden Triangle” of fly fishing with access to miles of pristine blue-ribbon trout streams. Author Ernest Hemingway spent summers during his early years just up the road. Trout Unlimited was formed a few miles away on the legendary AuSable River. Leonard Halladay created the famous Adams fly on the Boardman River.
Boyne Mountain is offering 15-percent off lodging for festival attendees. The offer includes the casting competitions, 24-hour Fly Challenge, access to speakers, vendors and a Saturday barbecue lunch and live music.
Guests can also enjoy Michigan’s largest indoor waterpark, ziplines, golf courses, and lift-served mountain biking and beach activities on Deer Lake. It’s a complete family resort.
Photos: Boyne Mountain Flyfishing