Now in its third year, Fuller’s North Branch Outing Club is pleased to host the 2009 Michigan Fly Fishing Festival on the weekend of July 11th and 12th. The North Branch Outing Club is located in historic Lovells, on the banks of the North Branch of the AuSable River.
The festival is sponsored by Sage Fly Rods, Mackinaw Harvest Music, and by Fuller’s NBOC. On the docket are a number of activities, including free fly fishing, fly tying, casting lessons, and a scotch and wine tasting program.
Also featured this year is the North Branch Outing Club’s Fly Fishing Challenge, which is a catch-and-release fishing tournament, and the Sage Casting Challenge, which is a distance-and-accuracy fly casting tournament. The prelims are held on July 11th with the finals on July 12th. Both the fly fishing challenge and the fly casting challenge require a $50 entry fee. One of the nicer parts of the Fly Fishing Festival is the music, and the festival will also host a lineup of performers on Saturday from 12PM to 6PM.