John Novak, b. 1945, is a tool and die maker retired from Visteon’s Ypsilanti plant where he was employed for 24 years. He has been a fisherman his entire life and a fly fisher for the last 45 years. John has been an active member of the Anglers of the Au Sable for the last 20 years and has served as a director for the last 16 years. In 1998 he became the Anglers Recording Secretary, a position he held until 2006.
He is also a member of the Federation of Fly Fishers and Trout Unlimited.
John’s brother Al introduced John to fly fishing in the early 70’s. His first experience was catching bass & pan fish on a small private lake on the west side of the state. John has never outgrown the love of catching warm water species. When the canoe hatch starts you can find him on Wakely Lake. John has enjoyed teaching others to fly fish. He has worked with a local Boy Scout Troop in Ypsilanti teaching fly-fishing & tying techniques to the members of the Troop. John has also given fly tying lessons at Visteon’s Learning Center, a place where employees can learn various skills to enhance their quality of life. John is an avid fan of fly-fishing in saltwater. He has caught a variety of species including tarpon, black tipped shark, redfish and snook, just to name a few.
John and his wife Connie have retired and live with their English setter Riley at their home on the banks of the Au Sable’s Holy Water. John and Connie have two grown children and five grandchildren whom John teaches to fly fish and appreciate the outdoors.