Boardman River

Traverse City, Michigan

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Perhaps the finest wild trout stream in Michigan. Cold and clear and rising in a swamp of mixed cedar, pine, and hardwood, the Boardman has earned a reputation as a small, fine trout stream. Like most of the streams that drain the state’s great thumb westward into Lake Michigan, this river picks up speed as it cuts through moraines before flattening out in the ancient beaches somewhat inland from the shore. Nowhere is this river really wide enough to fish from a drift boat, though armies of canoeists ease their way along its bucolic course on the hot weekends of summer. But, for the large part, they leave the river alone during the week, and in fall, when fishing can be spectacular, they are all but gone. Species: Brown, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.
America's 100 Best Trout Streams

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America's 100 Best Trout Streams

by John Ross (Falcon Guides)

Perhaps the finest wild trout stream in Michigan. Cold and clear and rising in a swamp of mixed cedar, pine, and hardwood, the Boardman has earned a reputation as a small, fine trout stream. Like most of the streams that drain the state’s great thumb westward into Lake Michigan, this river picks up speed as it cuts through moraines before flattening out in the ancient beaches somewhat inland from the shore.

Nowhere is this river really wide enough to fish from a drift boat, though armies of canoeists ease their way along its bucolic course on the hot weekends of summer. But, for the large part, they leave the river alone during the week, and in fall, when fishing can be spectacular, they are all but gone. Species: Brown, brook. Angling methods: spin, and fly-fishing.

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Activity Type: Fly-Fishing
Nearby City: Traverse City
Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Late April through September
Local Maps: Michigan DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Boardman River

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10/16/2006
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Excellent review of this stretch of the Boardman. A blue ribbon section of trout stream.



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