The tradition of fly fishing in Michigan goes back almost a century. If you like history as much as you like fly fishing, then the North Branch Outing Club (NBOC) needs to be on your fly fishing bucket list. Not only is this fine establishment nestled on the north branch of the Au Sable River – a famed river that brings in anglers from all over the country – but the NBOC is designated a Michigan National and Historic Site.
The building and faciliities of the NBOC were built by T.E. Douglas, a lumber baron of the time, whom realizing his lumber business was fading, decided to promote his accomodations as a premier destination catering to the elite, wealthy, and prominent fly fishermen of the age; men like Harvey Firestone, Henry and Edsel Ford, The Dodge brothers, and Thomas Edison, among others.
Today, the NBOC is a full bed & breakfast, run by Judy Fuller, offering 12 historically decorated guest rooms and a super comfortable and relaxing main room to enjoy after a memorable day on the river chasing the elusive trout.
The NBOC offers a complete fly shop with expert advice on the current river conditions, the latest hatch events on the North Branch, and maybe even directions to that secret spot on the river.
For those needing a few lessons, the NBOC offers fly fishing instruction, and full guide services on the Au Sable River(s) and the Manistee River. Making plans for a northern Michigan fly fishing trip? Contact Judy Fuller at the NBOC.