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Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 8th, 7:30 pm at Lockhart's BBQ, 202 E. 3rd Street in Royal Oak. Our speaker is Glen Blackwood, owner of The Great Lakes Fly Fishing Company, who will give a presentation on 'Fly Fishing: Then and Now'. All are welcome!

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Our 2015 season started off with our annual "Fishing Only" outing. The Riverview Lodge is always a great place to start off our year but unfortunately this time the weather was a typical Michigan spring, colder then normal, windy and some rain to complete the picture! Pictures below.

 

Our 2015 season started off with our annual "Fishing Only" outing. The Riverview Lodge is always a great place to start off our year but unfortunately this time the weather was a typical Michigan spring, colder then normal, windy and some rain to complete the picture!  Weather like that throws a bit of a "wet blanket" over the fishing but as always the conversations at the lodge when the guys get back kind of tones down everyones attitude about the bad Michigan weather. While no one can do much about it or the fishing we can always depend on the great Riverview lodge and it's fireplace to be waiting for all of us to return from our day on the river. Soon the guys start to show up with some stories to tell and from there we all start to relax, have a few drinks and end our first day on the Au Sable River.
 

Before 2011, Davis Rest, an access site on the Au Sable below Mio and Cummins Flats, was an erosion site with a pit toilet -- a well-built pit toilet. The Challenge Chapter submitted proposals to the U. S. Forest Service for steps, and started work in 2012. There's a picture below of the site before the project, and there are 14 pictures of how it looked in August, 2013. The project required two summers of work because a bank upstream from the steps started to collapse the year fter the staris were built. We went back again with the Forest Service's help and added some coconut fiber "logs" and some trees to protect the bank from being undermined by high water.

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