|big king from an unsung river|
Now Alex Cerveniak weighs in with his rebuttal, listing New York first, Florida second, then Michigan.
While it may be early to reply to this, as he plans to expand on this in coming days, I think I will anyhow.
In Michigan the furthest point from surface water is six miles. Michigan has what is perhaps the most diverse fishery in the U.S.- 12,000 plus miles of trout stream, 120 streams managed for steelhead, naturally returning chinook and coho fisheries, coaster brook trout, lake run browns, one of which recently brought the world record back to Michigan. Go check out Kelly Neuman's pictures of the lake trout and monster browns he gets throwing streamers in Lake Huron- the diversity of fishing in this state goes on and on. Is the Au Sable the only trout stream in Michigan? Granted, it is a fantastic and fabled hydra of a river, but the Manistee, Muskegon and Pere Marquette are nothing to sneeze at and hold large populations of large resident fish. There are dozens of unsung rivers scattered all over the state- I find fantastic fishing wherever I go, all I have to do is get away from the access points. Michigans Upper Peninsula has fishing that may never get fully explored, and rather than being all cedar swamp as he suggests, there are a number of streams that do flow through low mountains, or at least bear that resemblance. I haven't even gotten to the warm water species. There are areas on the Lake Michigan coast that hold monster smallmouth that will NEVER be fished- the coast is too remote and the surf too rough. Grand Traverse Bay flats fishing for carp is world class- beautiful crystalline water, hordes of large fish that are just shy enough to make it a challenge, but plentiful enough to make it fun. Pike, muskie, largemouth, 'gills, white bass. Want Atlantic salmon? Call Brad Petzke and fish the St Mary's river with him.
In the end, I think it's truly difficult to compare states. Choosing between Michigan and North Dakota is easy, comparing it to a state with such a similar fishery like New York is much more difficult. When you consider all of the criteria Field and Stream used, including a fly fishing heritage that gave rise to Trout Unlimited, you understand their ranking. New York is a great state to fly fish- I would love to toss the salt for stripers and bluefish. I still think Michigan has it in spades.
Sorry Alex, I disagree.
|this ain't no cedar swamp|