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Fly Fishing The Boyne River Michigan
The Boyne River is located in northern Michigan. It is
named after the River Boyne in Ireland. Both it and the
Jordan River flow into Lake Charlevoix. Boyne River is
formed by its North and South branches. They flow
together just above Boyne Falls to form the main part of
the Boyne River which is 5.6 miles long.

Both the North and South branches have good
populations of brown trout. Fly Fishing the Boyne River
is usually good in both these streams as well as the
main river. These are relatively small streams  
averaging about fifteen feet in width.

The main stream section has some larger size browns
and runs of salmon and steelhead from Lake Michigan.
The migratory fish run through Lake Charlevoix into the
river. The best fishing occurs below the dam and
downstream to Lake Charlevoix. Access to the North
and South branches is available from roads leading off
U. S. Highway #131.

The lower section also holds some large brown trout.
The Boyne River in this area probably averages about
forty feet in width. This section has some very good
hatches of aquatic insects and dry fly fishing can be
good at times; however, most of the fly fishing for both
steelhead and trout is done using nymphs and

Fly fishing the Boyne River can be good year-round.
The migratory species and/or resident trout one or the
other can be caught throughout the year. We should
also mention that Lake Charlevoix has another fine
trout, steelhead and salmon stream that enters nearby -
Lake Jordon. Lake Jordon is covered in another section
of this website. Both rivers offer plenty of fly fishing
opportunities for this part of the state.

The season follows the standard Michigan trout season
in all areas except the Special Regulations Area open to
fishing year-round.
Springtime is a good time for fly fishing the Boyne River
for trout due to the plentiful aquatic insect hatches. It's
also the best time for steelhead.
The action usually slows down some during the Summer
but the water stays fairly cool in the headwater sections
of the North and South branches as well as below the
dam above Lake Charlevoix.
Fall is a good time to catch a large brown trout and a
trophy steelhead.
Winter can be good during decent weather. The
steelhead and trout can be sluggish when the water
temperature is very low.  
Type of Stream

Brown Trout (Wild and Stocked with
Brook Trout
Rainbow (Stocked)

Small to Medium

Northern Peninsula Michigan

Nearest Town
Boyne City

First Saturday of April through
February all except:

Good in some areas but lots of
private property in some areas

Non-Resident License
State of Michigan

National Weather Service Link

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