To learn more about the Anglers of the Au Sable and their current conservation efforts,
The South Branch of Michigan’s famous Au Sable River is a 25 mile world-renowned stretch of classic small stream trout water. It is one of the most popular fly-fishing destinations in the Midwest, if not the country, and home to perhaps the finest brown trout fishing east of the Mississippi.
A lack of large woody debris, due to logging, has reduced cover which allows fish protection from environmental and predatory threats.
Anglers of the Au Sable, a non-profit affiliate of The Federation of Fly Fishers, will work to place large woody debris in the river to restore and maintain trout habitat from Smith Bridge to the confluence with the mainstream of the Au Sable. The debris increases the stability of the stream channel, reduces erosion, and serves as cover for the river’s fish. It will also return the Au Sable River to its natural state prior to the logging era.