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Mike Moreau
Guide - Conservationist
Fly Fishing Northeast Michigan
Mike Moreau, A Guide and Conservationist
Previously Published in the Michigan Outdoor News
By Jerry Kunnath

A fly fisher profile

Mike Moreau has been guiding fly fishers on his local north-east Michigan trout streams since 1995. This
married father of two boys loves fly fishing almost as much as he loves the streams and rivers on which he
guides clients. Mike spends more than 150 days a year on the water with fly rod in hand. And as he states in
his bio at his website, his days on the water are documented since he has kept a journal of his fishing for
many years now. Mr. Moreau is also an avid and talented fly tyer. Each year Mike ties over 100 dozen flies for
his personal use, his clients, and for varied fly shops throughout the State. Mike is proud of the fact that he
is a self-taught fly tyer and fly fisher. He relates how as a boy he spent many days with his father, near their
home, hiking through Upper Peninsula woods and swamps on their way to fish for brookies in some of the
local streams. Now, Mike passes that self taught knowledge on to others in his fly fishing and fly casting
classes and through his interesting and informative guided fishing trips. Mike says that 'A guided trip should
not only be relaxed and fun, it should also be informative.' While on the stream, whether in a drift boat or on a
walk and wade trip, Mike is willing to share his knowledge of local history, fishing lore, conservation and
nature. His trips not only deliver some great trout fishing opportunities, they also give his clients valuable
knowledge of the whole eco-system. After all, a fisher who understands the fish's environment can be a
better conservationist.

Mike says that his favorite fish to fish for with his fly rod is actually a toss-up between three rivers and two
fish. He enjoys fishing for brook trout on the Black River and then also for brown trout on the Au Sable and
the Manistee Rivers. His choice of the most productive fly for both of these trout is the Adams parachute, a
fly originally created right here in Michigan on the Au Sable river. His guide service features the use of either
a McKenzie style drift boat or one of the historically correct Au Sable Riverboats, which are long and lean and
comfortable. [Mike and boat in pic above] Clients can choose a full day or a half day trip on some well known
waters and some not so well known waters. This year Mike has also joined the other guides offering trips out
of Bob Linsenman's new
Au Sable Angler shop in Mio.

When Mike isn't on the water fishing he can often be found hard at work ensuring that the fishery is
protected. He is the current Watershed Coordinator of the Upper Black River Watershed Restoration
Committee, a group that he has worked with since 1994. This group is a conservation group that watches
over and works to restore the Upper Black River, one of Michigan's premier trout fisheries. Each summer
they hire a college student and a few high school students to man a crew that works on river improvement
projects for the Watershed Committee. These projects include the installation of stairways to limit foot traffic
erosion at public access sites on the river, whole tree and woody debris structures for fish cover in the
river, and tree abutments. The tree abutments are trees that are anchored to the bank with their trunks and
branches used to divert the current in places to reduce erosion. During the winter Mike spends some of his
time writing grant applications for the Watershed Committee, grants that help fund most of the Committee's
projects. Mike says that their work would be impossible to complete without the valued support, both
monetarily and from volunteer worker hours, of the
Vanguard Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the members of
the
Michigan Fly Fishing Club.

In the time that Mike has been active in the Watershed Committee he says that he can see a definite
improvement in both the quality and the numbers of trout in the river. Mike says that fish can now be found in
areas of the river where they weren't found previously. The water temperatures are lower, the water clarity is
better and the general health of the river system has improved drastically. But he does have a few worries
about his home river. Right now the daily limit of fish that can be legally kept while fishing the river is five
fish a day with fifteen fish in possession. According to Mike, five fish are way too many fish for a river that is
as fragile as the Black. Making this a catch & release fishery, or at least lowering the daily limit would help the
river immensely. Mike says that the "Black River system is smaller and that it can't take the pressure." Over
80% of the system is located in State land and there is good access to most of the water. There is just too
much pressure on the river and the level of pressure is increasing every year. According to Mike, 'If the river
is to survive and if we want to ensure its quality for the future, something needs to be done soon.' Otherwise
this beautiful river system will suffer and we all will loose.

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Mike Morea on the River
Mike Moreau - Conservationist/ Fly Fishing Guide
Mike Moreau, river guide,
with a clients nice trout