trout http://michiganradio.org en Proposed trout farm near “holy waters” of Au Sable River would be Michigan’s biggest http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-trout-farm-near-holy-waters-au-sable-river-would-be-michigan-s-biggest <p>If you’re a fly fisherman, there are few rivers this side of the Rocky Mountains that compare with Michigan’s Au Sable River. There’s a particular nine-mile stretch east of Grayling <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10366_46403_63473-194797--,00.html">known as the Holy Waters.</a></p><p>The water is clean, cold, easy to wade through, and packed with more than 100 pounds of wild trout per acre.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:24:27 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17521 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed trout farm near “holy waters” of Au Sable River would be Michigan’s biggest Yoga retreat & trout fishermen at odds over dam removal http://michiganradio.org/post/yoga-retreat-trout-fishermen-odds-over-dam-removal <p>A small but notorious dam on one of northern Michigan&#39;s prettiest trout streams might soon come down. But what fishermen value about the Pigeon River is at odds with how the owners of the dam view it.</p><p>Owners at Golden Lotus yoga retreat have twice made big mistakes operating their dam over the last quarter century. And each time, muck from the pond behind the dam surged downstream. It smothered river life, and killed tens of thousands of trout.</p><p>Dave Smethurst has been fishing, hunting and hiking in the Pigeon River State Forest for the last 40 years. And both times the dam failed, he was there to witness the destruction.</p><p><em>&quot;To see my river, and for trout fishermen rivers are very personal, to see my river devoid of life for several miles, it just wrenches your gut.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Smethurst is on the board of the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited. T.U. is party to a lawsuit by the state of Michigan against Golden Lotus. The organization has been pushing for the entire dam to come out.</p><p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:56:54 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5100 at http://michiganradio.org Yoga retreat & trout fishermen at odds over dam removal