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Au Sable River Valley Blue Ribbon Trout Streams
The Au Sable River Valley is home to 172 miles of Blue Ribbon Trout Streams. A Blue Ribbon Trout Stream must meet certain standards or criteria. It must be one of state’s best trout streams, be able to support excellent stocks of wild resident trout, have the physical characteristics to permit fly casting but be shallow enough to wade, produce diverse insect life and good fly hatches, have earned a reputation for providing an excellent (quality) trout fishing experience, and have excellent water quality. Michigan Department off Natural Resources management of Blue Ribbon Streams is directed toward accommodating the needs of trout anglers, maintaining strong stocks of wild resident trout that best suit the character of each stream, maintaining and enhancing trout habitat and the natural stream environment, providing adequate public access and public frontage, and preparing appropriate informational materials on these special Blue Ribbon Trout Streams of Michigan.