Conservation

Most of the proceeds from the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo flow right back to the source – Michigan’s Trout, Salmon and Steelhead rivers. That means better recreational opportunities for fly anglers all across Michigan. The Expo’s host, the Michigan Fly Fishing Club, is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It has funded close to $500,000 worth of conservation projects since the Expo began. In this decade alone, thanks to you purchasing tickets for the Expo, we have contributed over $95,000 to conservation. Most of those funds have been donated to groups here in Michigan to improve our fishing.

A sample of the projects that proceeds from the Expo has helped to fund include:

  • Clinton River Watershed Council
    Gallagher Creek data collection, monitoring and restoration to allow for the return of Brook Trout and its habitat
  • Upper Black River Council
    In-stream habitat enhancement project for the Upper Black River by installing large woody debris ad stream bank stabilization
  • Au Sable River Property Owners Association
    To plant Cedar trees to help with stabilization of the riverbank and to provide needed shade for the fish environment
  • Upper Manistee River Association
    Repairing, creating and maintaining woody debris structures in the river and along with bank stabilization in the tree farm area of the Upper Manistee
  • Anglers of the Au Sable
    Analysis of insects at six sites on the North Branch for a baseline data of the macro invertebrate population
  • Conservation Resource Alliance
    Mitigate bank erosion and the placement of large woody debris in the Pine River near the Silver Creek Pathway in Lake County
  • Mason-Griffith Founders Chapter of TU
    To pay for the analysis of the water above and below the Grayling fish farm for total phosphorus and suspended solids
  • Vanguard Chapter TU
    To build a stairway at the Gallagher Road Bridge parking lot from the lot to the usual high water mark of Paint Creek
  • Coldwater River Watershed Council
    Planting of shade trees and the placement of seed buffer strips for erosion control along with the placement of woody debris into the Coldwater River to improve fish habitat