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Au Sable River (Michigan)  French + English 《river
  A famous trout river in Michigan, U.S.A., "au sable" is a French word meaning "much sand." The river is located in the northeast part of Michigan, and originates in the central part of the Lower Peninsula of the Great Lakes. It flows east, passes along the town of Grayling and Mio, and ultimately drains into Lake Huron at Oscoda.
  Owing to good water quality and abundant aquatic insects, the river contains many trout. Brook trout inhabit the upper part, and after brown trout were stocked at the beginning of 1900, many brown trout now inhabit the lower section of the river. In addition, steelhead can also be found in the 20 km section from Hoote Dam to the mouth of the river. The best fishing time is June when excellent hatches of insects occur.
  It is an important river in the history of American fly fishing. The river has been fished for 100 years or more, and the name of this river appeared in many fishing stories and reports in which a huge mayfly called Michigan caddis is often mentioned. In addition, the Au Sable is known as the river where the Catch and Release (C&R) movement developed its early stages. It is also the birthplace of Trout Unlimited.  At present it has become a "holy river" for American fly fishermen, and was selected by Trout Unlimited as one of "America's 100 Best Trout Streams".
In addition, special attention should be given to the fact that a famous river of the same name exists in New York State.
ReferenceMcClane's new standard fishing encyclopedia, 1998 (1965). Trout unlimited's guide to America's 100 best trout streams, 1999.
catch and release, Trout Unlimited, Michigan caddis

 
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