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Anglers are out for trout


GRAYLING -- Outsiders joke that the Upper Peninsula's climate consists of nine months of winter and three months of poor sledding. The truth is that winter temperatures in most of the UP are about the same as those in the central highlands of the northern Lower Peninsula.

But the snow melts earlier in the northern Lower, and the rivers warm faster, which brings Yoopers Larry and Jason Wanic and Joe Karl to Grayling each spring as reliably as the Hendrickson fly hatch.

The trout season opened last Saturday in most Michigan streams. Wanic and son Jason, who lives in Sault Ste. Marie, and Karl usually come the week before the opener and fish out of Gates Au Sable Lodge, a few miles downstream from Grayling. This year they decided to break it into two Sunday-through-Tuesday trips.    MORE...


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