In the first issue of our first newsletter in the spring of 1987, founding editor Jim Enger wrote the following in the Au Sable News & Notes: "It will essentially be this publication that binds us together. Primarily, we will report to you on the issues that affect the Au Sable and what we are doing about them. But, we will also include other information, hopefully some fun stuff. For example, we may publish information on hatches, patterns for flies that seem to work particularly well on the Au Sable, maybe some interesting historical stuff, and so on."
The words that applied to that first edition still apply to our current newsletter, The RIVERWATCH, now in its twentieth year of publication. The RIVERWATCH newsletter is the lifeline of our organization. It communicates our agenda, our sentiment, and the results of our work. Lauded by the fly fishing and conservation press for its editorial content, professionalism and design, The RIVERWATCH is a strategic asset for the Anglers. Plainly, it is an educational tool that has proved itself beyond all expectations.
The history of The RIVERWATCH begins with the founding of the Anglers. In March 1987, less than two months after our founding meeting, the first edition of our newsletter was published, edited by Jim Enger. It was titled Au Sable News & Notes and was six pages in length. Jim continued this newsletter for one additional issue. Dan Drislane was Editor of News & Notes issues 3 and 4. With each issue, News & Notes grew in size and diversity of topics, but the last issue was published in the summer of 1988. A new format and concept was in store.
Harry Campbell and Ed McGlinn began The RIVERWATCH in autumn of 1988 (RW#1). The co-editors did published RW#2 the following winter. In the Spring of 1989, Harry became the sole editor with Ed McGlinn supporting and contributing to issue #3 as well as helping recruit writers. Ed also continued to do the artwork. However, Harry could not continue to serve as editor due to pressing business matters. The Anglers were without a an editor (and newsletter) until Ed McGlinn returned as sole editor in the winter of 1990 (RW#4). Ed along with his wife, Judy, edited The RIVERWATCH for the next eight years with their final issue being May 1997 (RW#26).
Noted author and director Bob Linsenman took the helm from Ed and Judy. He edited and published The RIVERWATCH for the next ten issues (RW#26 - RW#36). Bill Sodeman then took the helm to produce issues 37 through 39. Duke Grimshaw edited issue 40. Thomas Buhr then assumed the helm with issue 41 and has been our editor since.
The RIVERWATCH is nominally published three times per year. Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome and may be considered for publication. Manuscripts may be works of fiction, non-fiction or poetry. The ideal submission format for copy should be in Microsoft Word (or Word Perfect). Submissions may be emailed to Thomas Buhr at firstname.lastname@example.org. Accompanying photos and supporting graphics (charts, maps, etc.) should be emailed to Thomas at the address given. Formats should ideally be in JPEG and be 1:1 original scale (so we can have the option of reducing as necessary). If you cannot send photos and graphics as email attachments, please email Thomas for further instructions.
The RIVERWATCH On-Line
The RIVERWATCH On-Line is the brainchild of director Ed Mc Glinn and Andrew Morris, the graphics artist who did the layout for The RIVERWATCH issues 4 through 26. RW On-Line contains on-line web editions of The RIVERWATCH issues 19 through the most current issue in 2008 , as well as numerous selected articled from issues 14 through 18. The site also contains:
Useful links to Other Site
2008: | Issue_51_Winter_2008 | Issue_52_Summer_2008
2007: | Issue_48_Winter_2007 | Issue_49_Spring_2007| Issue_50_Summer_2007
2006: | Issue_46_Summer_2006 | Issue_47_Late_Summer_2006
2005: | Issue_44_Spring_2005
2004: | Issue_41_Spring_2004 | Issue_42_Summer_2004
2003: | Issue_40_Spring_2003
2002: | Issue_38_Spring_2002 | Issue_39_Fall_2002
2001: | Issue_37_Fall_2001 | Issue_36_Spring_2001
2000: | Issue_33_Winter_2000 | Issue_34_Spring_2000| Issue_35_Fall_2000
1999: | Issue_31_Spring_1999 | Issue_32_Fall_1999
1998: | Issue_28_Spring_1998 | Issue_29_Fall_1998 | Issue_30_Fall_1998
1997: | Issue_25_January_1997 | Issue_26_May_1997 | Issue_27
1996: | Issue_22_January_1996 | Issue_23_April_1996 | Issue_24_September_1996
1995: | Issue_20_March_1995 | Issue_21_August_1995
1994: | Issue_17_March_1994 | Issue_18_July_1994 | Issue_19_December_1994
1993: | Issue_13_January_1993 | Issue_14_Late_Winter_1993 | Issue_15_Summer_1993 | Issue_16_November_1993
1992: | Issue_10_Spring_1992 | Issue_11_Summer_1992 | Issue_12_Winter_1992
1991: | Issue_7_Spring_1991 | Issue_8_Early_Fall_1991 | Issue_9_Winter_1991
1990: | Issue_4_Spring_1990 | Issue_5_Late_Fall_1990 | Issue_6_Winter_1990
1989: | Issue_3_Winter_1989
We have put all past issues of The RIVERWATCH into PDF files.
Some South Branch brown trout can actually talk.
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Fisheries Research Papers
These very informative and excellent papers have been published by the DNR (thanks to DNR Research Biologist Andy Nufer for the leads):
Hooking Mortality of Trophy-Sized Wild Brook Trout Caught on Artificial Lures (Andrew J. Nuhfer and Gaylord R. Alexander)
An Initial Evaluation of the Habitat and Fisheries Resources Associated with a Dam Removal in a Michigan Coldwater Stream. (Kristi D. Klomp, 1998)
EVALUATION OF ALTERNATE METHODS FOR ESTIMATING NUMBERS OF OUTMIGRATING STEELHEAD SMOLTS (Tammy J. Newcomb and Thomas G. Coon, 1997) [Get full report in PDF.]
Estimating Angling Effort and Catch from Michigan Roving and Access Site Angler Survey Data (Roger N. Lockwood, 1998) [Get full report in PDF.]
Growth and Production of Juvenile Trout in Michigan Streams: Influence of Potential Ration and Temperature (Leon C. Hinz Jr. and Michael J. Wiley) [Get full report in PDF.]
Growth and Production of Juvenile Trout in Michigan Streams: Influence of Temperature (Hinz, L. C., Jr. and M. J. Wiley. 1997.)
Relative Growth and Survival of Three Strains of Rainbow Trout and Three Strains of Brown Trout Stocked into Small Michigan Inland Lakes. [Get full report in PDF.] Nuhfer, A. J. 1996.
Seasonal and daily movements of large brown trout in the Mainstream Au Sable River, Michigan. (Hudson, J. P. 1993)
Comparative vulnerability to angling, growth, and survival of two wild stocks of brown trout.(Alexander, G. R., and A. J. Nuhfer. 1993)
Range of movement and daily activity of wild brown trout in the South Branch Au Sable River, Michigan. (Regal, G. E. 1992. M.A. Thesis.)
Evaluation of catch-and-release regulations on the South Branch of the Au Sable River, Michigan (Clark, R. D., and G. R. Alexander. 1992)
Movement, habitat use, and daily activity patterns of trophy brown trout in the South Branch of the Au Sable River, Michigan (Clapp, D. F. 1988)
Effects of sand bedload sediment on a brook trout population. (Alexander, G. R., and E. A. Hansen. 1983)
Sand sediments in a Michigan trout stream. Part I. In-stream sediment basins: a technique for removing sand bedload from streams. (Hansen, E. A., G. R. Alexander, and W. H. Dunn. 1982. )
Bob Linsenman & Steve Nevala, Michigan Trout Streams: A Fly Anglers Guide [W.W. Norton, New York, NY, 1993]
Bob Linsenman & Steve Nevala, Great Lakes Steelhead: A Guided Tour for Fly Anglers [W.W. Norton, New York, NY, 1993]
Bob Linsenman, River Journal: Au Sable [River Journal Series, Frank Amato Publications, 1998]
Bob Linsenman, Kelly Galloup & Jerry Dennis, Modern Streamers for Trophy Trout: Techniques, Tactics and Patterns [W.W. Norton, New York, NY, 1999]
Jim Enger, The Incompleat Angler: A Fly Fishing Odyssey [Countrysport Press, New Albany, OH, 1996]
Chauncy Lively, Chauncy Lively's Flybox [Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA, 1992]
Michael Delp, with illustrations by Ladislav R. Hanka, The Text of the River [Anglers of the Au Sable, Inc. Riverwatch Press, Farmington, MI, 1993]
Michael Delp, with illustrations by Ladislav R. Hanka, Under the Influence of Water [Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI, 1992]
Hazen Miller, The Old Au Sable [William B. Eerdman's PublishingCompany, Grand Rapids, MI, 1964]