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Currently in Grayling, MI:


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River Flows:

Mio Dam
1180 ft³/s
Smith Bridge
294 ft³/s
Parmalee Bridge
1060 ft³/s

Fallen Tree Structure


Fallen trees represent, typically, a very focused structure. There is a good chance that many fish will be jammed into a fairly compact area around a fallen tree.

A few key things to consider when fishing a fallen tree:


  • There is likely more than a few fish there
  • Certain parts of the tree will be more attractive than others (think holes, cover)
  • Some parts of the tree will be difficult to reach, coincidentally, these areas will likely hold larger fish

The limbs of the tree and underside of the trunk are great areas to start exploring for fish. These areas provide excellent cover. It is important to move towards the tree carefully so as not to disturb the fish. Find a position where you can reach several different tempting targets without getting too close. You need to be positioned in order to deliver the fly accurately and with minimal sound or activity.

Working from the outside in will help you avoid bringing a fighting fish from the inner part of the tree through all the other fish present.


Home to:

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Crappie
  • Panfish
  • Trout

Good patterns:

  • Wide Variety of Streamers
  • Season appropriate Dry Flies



Conceals a number of fish


Snags, but they’re worth it.  Fish the wood.



Lots of cover and opportunity


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