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Michigan's storied fly fishing heritage
Field and Stream magazine recently named Michigan the top fly-fishing state in the country for its smorgasbord of angling opportunities on world-class streams and its rich history in the sport. How much do you know about the Great Lakes State’s fly fishing heritage?

1. What Upper Peninsula stream is Ernest Hemingway thought to have had in mind when he wrote the story “Big Two-Hearted River”?
a) Laughing Whitefish River
b) Fox River
c) Yellow Dog River
d) Two Hearted River (duh!)

2. The Adams—quite possibly the world’s most famous artificial fly—was invented at the tying bench of what Mayfield, Michigan, resident?
a) Leonard Halladay
b) Charles F. Adams
c) August H. Adams
d) Adam R. Sandler

3. The Longest Silence, widely considered a classic of fly-fishing literature, is a book of essays by what Michigan-born writer?
a) Jim Harrison
b) Jerry Dennis
c) Robert Traver
d) Thomas McGuane

4. How many miles of designated blue ribbon trout streams flow through Michigan?
a) 540
b) 1,000
c) 13,700
d) 36,000

5. Which Michigan river was the birthplace of Trout Unlimited?
a) Manistee River
b) Au Sable River
c) Thunder Bay River
d) Boardman River

6. Some fly-fishers spend thousands of dollars pursuing bonefish in the saltwater flats of the Florida Keys and other points south. What fish, sometimes called “budget bonefish,” is the focus of a growing freshwater flats angling scene on Michigan’s Great Lakes shorelines?
a) Lake Herring
b) Whitefish
c) Tiger Muskie
d) Carp

7. What northern Michigan town sports a statue of a 17-foot long brook trout and is home to the National Trout Festival, which celebrated its 75th anniversary this year?
a) Mio
b) Traverse City
c) Kalkaska
d) Glennie

8. An article in this edition of the newsletter notes that the first brown trout in North America were planted in Michigan. What river received that first batch of browns from Germany?
a) Pere Marquette River
b) Au Sable River
c) Platte River
d) Muskegon River

9. In what decade were Pacific salmon first introduced to the Great Lakes?
a) 1870s
b) 1910s
c) 1930s
d) 1960s

10. What Michigan native, in his Testament of a Fisherman, wrote that he fished “because only in the woods can I find solitude without loneliness; because bourbon out of an old tin cup always tastes better out there; because maybe one day I will catch a mermaid; and, finally, not because I regard fishing as being so terribly important but because I suspect that so many of the concerns of men are equally unimportant—and not nearly so much fun”?
a) Bruce Catton
b) John D. Voelker
c) Robert Traver
d) Michael Moore
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