This Week's View

by Deanna Lee Birkholm
July 30th, 2007

Kudos Angler's and Gates Lodge

In the snail mail this week was a single page pink announcement. Well, it was that, plus an invitation to be part of this years Michigan Au Sable River Clean-Up. It's a rather long drive for us, and while we would love to be there we're stuck here on the left-coast.

Here's the deal, this is I believe, the fourteenth year the Au Sable River Clean-Up has been done by the Anglers of the Au Sable. And it covers the main stream, north and south branches of the river. It was great fun just to read all the names of the various landings and access points. Fun memories.

"The rivers are divided into sections and three-man teams are assigned a section. The teams physically walk each section, picking up refuse left from the long commercial canoeing season. Teams will meet at Gates Au Sable Lodge at September 8th, 9:00 A.M. where river assignments, trash bags and Rusty's innovative "poking sticks" will be passed out. "The plan is to wade your assigned section of river and fill up several bags, which you'll set aside on a log jam to be picked up by river boat crews coming down after you. The boats will also be used to access difficult sections of the river. Teams should be able to walk their section in two to three hours, leaving plenty of time to fish during the peak part of the day. We'll also have refreshments and appetizers at the Lodge after 4:00 P.M. so plan on dropping back in to see how well you and your team did. We hope you can make this worthwhile event."

If you happen to be in the region and can help out, call Gates Lodge and make reservations - they do need to know how many to plan for. (Includes food too.) I expect there will be a great turn-out. Here are a few photos from previous clean-ups.

There are clean-ups in other places, for instance, quite a successful one on the Yakima River here in Washington. In fact, if you have one locally, please write it up and post it on our Bulletin Board. We'd love to give credit to the folks who are giving back.

I hope this little article just might inspire you (or your local fishing club) to give something of substance back to your favorite river. If you don't have an annual river clean-up, start one. Everything has a beginning - what a wonderful way to say 'thanks' to your river. ~ The LadyFisher

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