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Win a Fly Rod. Support the Boardman.

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For nearly 20 years, world-renowned fly rod craftsman R.W. “Bob” Summers has donated a one-of-a-kind fly rod to benefit the Boardman River. Bob has lived and worked on the Boardman River for nearly 50 years, making fly rods that are sought after all over the world, and fishing our beautiful blue ribbon trout stream. Bob uses his decades of experience to hand craft each fly rod using fine tonkin cane bamboo, a sustainably-sourced wood.

All proceeds of the raffle go to support stewardship efforts on the Boardman River, including construction and maintenance of fish habitat, monitoring and correcting human-induced erosion sites, as well as improvements to kayak and canoe launches.

If you appreciate all that the Boardman River has to offer, show your support for this Up North treasure by participating in this year’s raffle. Who knows, you might just win a world class fly rod! 

Grand Prize:

R.W. Summers 7’ 6” #3 – #4 line Fly Rod ($2,465) OR $1,800 Cash

BONUS: Purchase 10 or more tickets, and win, and enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime guided float trip with Bob Summers!

Second Prize:

A guided wade-in fly fishing trip for two on the Boardman River with David McCool from McCool Outdoors.

Third Prize:

A guided float trip down the Boardman River for 10 with Steve Largent, Boardman River Program Coordinator. Donated by Ranch Rudolf.

To buy tickets, call Steve at 231.941.0960 ext. 16 or visit the Boardman River Nature Center.

Drawing: Boardman River Showcase on 9/19/2013. Starts at 6pm, drawing at 7pm
Location: Brewery Terra Firma 2959 Hartman Rd., Traverse City, MI 49685

About the Boardman River

The Boardman River Watershed spans 287 square miles and drains approximately 182,800 acres of land through 179 miles of river and stream tributaries – all of this adds up to 30% of the surface water input into Grand Traverse Bay. The Boardman River is the largest tributary to the West Arm of Grand Traverse Bay.

The Boardman River is a state designated natural river and a blue ribbon trout stream, making it one of the top ten trout streams in Michigan. It is considered by many to be one of the most outstanding natural features of the Grand Traverse Bay Region. The Boardman River and its watershed are enjoyed by anglers, boaters, hunters, hikers, and wildlife watchers alike.