Michigan and the Great Lakes

Twelve Classic Trout Streams in Michigan

A Handbook for Fly Anglers
Gerth E. Hendrickson
Fully Revised by Jim DuFresne


This completely revised and updated edition of the indispensable original offers more information on why Michigan is such a great place for all fly fishers. Twelve Classic Trout Streams also features new material—for example, information on hatches, including a hatch schedule chart; a list of ten flies that every Michigan angler should have; and equipment (line weight, rod length, etc.) for Michigan streams.

At the heart of the book is the increased number of public access sites complete with GPS coordinates—a first among guides to Michigan streams. There are also all new photographs and improved maps that include stream bottom identification.

Twelve Classic Trout Streams answers basic questions for any trip to a trout stream to be successful. Where are the best access sites? How wide and deep is the river there? Will you stand on firm sand or gravel, slip on hard clay or muddy stones, or sink into soft sand or mud? Is the current slow enough that you can wade easily upstream or so fast that you will be swept off your feet? All of these things are described or shown on the maps.

"Since it first appeared in 1985, Hendrickson's book has introduced legions of fly fishers to the state's most-treasured rivers. In this newest edition, author Jim DuFresne has made a good book better. . . DuFresne, author of more than twenty books, is a careful, consummate researcher and passionate fly angler. Modern trout anglers are lucky to have a wealth of Michigan rivers and streams to discover and to carry on the special sport first enjoyed by fly fishers more than 150 years ago. And they are lucky to have this book to help guide them to the best of all places to do it."
—Tom Huggler, award-winning author of more than a dozen outdoors books

Cover photograph by Jacom Stephens © iStockphoto.com

Gerth E. Hendrickson was a member of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. He wrote prolifically on trout streams.

Jim DuFresne is an outdoor writer based in Clarkston, Michigan, and author of more than a dozen wilderness/travel guidebooks. DuFresne gave up the spinning rod for the fly rod in the mid-1980s and has never turned back.

Praise / Awards

  • "Did you ever wish for a buddy who would provide all the advice you need to head to a new spot, ready for that particular piece of water? The real scoop on where you park and what's there, and what they hit? You've got him. His name's Jim DuFresne."
    —Steve Griffin, Midland Daily News

  • "Dufresne shares his ample knowledge of Michigan—he's long written about camping and the outdoors for years for Booth Newspapers—and has an assortment of sidebards of interest...it's a fine introduction for those wanting to test the water."
    —Steve Begnoche, Ludington Daily News

Look Inside

Michigan Twelve Classic Trout Streams map

Twelve Classic Trout Streams map


Au Sable Map

Au Sable map

News, Reviews, Interviews

Read: Review AnnArbor.com | 5/27/2010

Read: Review Grand Rapids Press | 4/25/2009

Read: Review Oakland Press | 4/23/2009

Read: Review Detroit Free Press | 4/5/2009

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 324pp.
  • 11 color, 59 B&W photographs, & 77 maps.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Paper
  • 2009
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-03368-3

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  • $18.95 U.S.



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