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JC and I have also offered to do a free casting class one afternoon for those interested in improving their casting. (Most of the hatches will be morning and evening at that time of the year.)
Jean DeSavage highly recommends the Woodland Motel (800-966-3818), 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. Jean's other suggestion is a visit to the Bear's Den. This is a nice family style restaurant which has great pizza and even greater Calzones!
Monday: - The day is open but in the evening Bill DeSavage will be hosting an evening of sharing your favorite fly tying patterns. Join us for a convivial evening and learn something new.
Plan on at least one trip to Spike's Keg-O-Nail's for their famous burger!
Gate's Lodge (Sponsor) also offer's float trip's.
I suggest a Google search for "Au Sable River, Michigan" to find place's to eat, visit, etc.
Thing's are filling up fast for the summer so don't delay too long.
I strongly encourage everyone to attend, either to watch as their favorites tears his shorts trying for the longest cast which is indeed well worth the price of admission, which to watch is free. Or to enter, which will cost five dollars. Yes, five big smackers, but wait, there is more! The money will go into a 'pot' for any expenses incurred by the guys putting on the FI. Next, each person who signs up and 'must actually cast' will be given a number. The matching number will go into a hat.
When the event is over, the longest three casts will be 'recognized' with a cheap ribbon and we will draw ONE name from the hat. He will win, on the spot, a incredible suprise! (To be announced.)
The contest is not official in any way, just a fun event of the FI, but you will see some great casting. I know there are several shooting at JC in the contest. Should be a blast. Yes, we will need 3 or 4 guys to help. A long tape, 4 stakes, a 8 foot square of carpet or something to stand on and cast from, an old stop watch. This is will be after dinner on July 4th.
There's a rumor about some other 'fun' casting games as well. Stay tuned.
For more information of the AuSable including the flies, click on the book photo at the right which will take you to our Great Rivers section and excerpts from the book. You will also find a link on the Gates AuSable Lodge website for the hatches.
As with all FAOL events, everyone is cordially invited. There are no registration fees. Everyone is on their own, FAOL does not make reservations or arrangements for you. You are welcome to come for the whole week, or just a day. Whatever works for you. Families are welcome as well.
For those attending from out-of-state, you can purchase your fishing license on-line. Just click on the "e-license" graphic above.
While it is ideal for all of the Fish-In folks to be in the same location, it just wasn't possible last year. We hope folks will feel free to travel back and forth between locations. They really aren't that far apart.
It's a great time, and an opportunity to make new friends, and to put faces on names. The fishing should be great, there are lots of places to access the rivers. We'd love to have you join us.
If you do plan on making it to the Michigan Fish-In 2007, drop us an
firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put your name on
the I'm Going List! Please designate MICHIGAN Fish-In. ~ LadyFisher
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