The 2013 Michigan Fish-In will be held from June 23rd to June 29th, 2013. Gates' Au Sable Lodge will again be our hosts for this wonderful week of fun and friendship. Come join us and fish on the Holy Waters of the AuSable, one of the world's premiere trout rivers.
Our schedule this year will be similar to last year, with most days fully open for fishing.
On Monday, June 24th the Fish In committee will hold a "Meet and Greet"/Cookout. This event will be held in front of the Brown Trout Suite at Gates' Lodge. This is an opportunity for all attendees to put a face with a name and for new attendees to pick the Old Timers brains for the best fishing spots. The festivities will start around 6pm.Hot dogs and burgers will be served. The burgers, dogs, buns, condiments and dinnerware will be furnished. Donations to defray the cost of the dinner will be accepted, and any monies left over will be donated to the Anglers of the AuSable in the name of Rusty Gates. The Fish- In Committee asks that if possible, you bring a dish to share. Attendees will need to bring their drinks, and a chair.
If there is enough interest, a casting contest or two may be held. Dates and times TBD. Gates has a casting yard for distance events, and there is room in front of the Brown Trout Suite for accuracy type casting. These events are normally for bragging rights only, but if someone wishes to make a prize donation, they will be graciously accepted. Heckling is a requirement for these contests, so come prepared!
Come enjoy a wonderful week (or even just one day!) with fellow FAOL members. I would suggest that if are planning on staying at Gates' Lodge, you make your reservations as soon as possible, as there are only 14 rooms, and they book quickly. Excellent meals and a full service fly shop are also on premise. You can contact Gates Lodge here
There are many other lodging choices in and around Grayling. For people wanting motel type lodging, The Woodland Motel (800-966-3818 comes highly recommended, which has nice clean rooms, great rates and a wonderful staff. It's also an easy drive to Gate's for the fish-in activities.
Many camping opportunities exist around Grayling. There are several National forest campgrounds right on the AuSable River. These are primitive type campgrounds. Harwick Pines State Park is a short drive away and boasts a class "A" campground.
There are no fees for registration or attending charged by FAOL. Those attending are entirely responsible for making their own reservations and arrangements. Cost is dependant on where one wishes to stay and what you choose to eat.
If you do plan on making it to the Michigan Fish-In 2013, drop us a PM and we will put you on the I'm going list.