Beyond BOW steelhead fishing workshop set for Luce County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program is offering a Beyond BOW steelhead fishing workshop for women.

This event is designed to introduce or further enhance steelhead fishing skills in a wild, remote river setting. Beginners are welcome, but some sort of prior basic fishing experience is preferred.

Steelhead are rainbow trout that spend a few years growing in Lake Superior before returning to streams, like the Two-Hearted River, to spawn. The river was made famous in the fishing tales of Ernest Hemingway.

“There are new skills to be learned, great fun to be had, all amongst the beautiful outdoors of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” said Michelle Zellar, event coordinator.

The workshop is scheduled for Oct. 26-28, 2018 and is open to up to 12 participants.

Overnight accommodations will be provided at the Rainbow Lodge’s Two Hearted Cabins, which are situated at the mouth of the Two Hearted River in northern Luce County.

Instruction will start promptly at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 in the beautiful Chapel of the Two Hearted River, located near the river mouth.

“We will cover history, identification, equipment set-up, regulations, casting practice and first-hand experience of fishing for steelhead on the Two Hearted River with our passionate and experienced instructors,” Zellar said.

Saturday, while spending the day fishing along the river, we will also cook lunch over an open fire at the Two Hearted State Forest Campground. S’mores included.

Participants must be 18 or older and responsible for their own Recreation Passport, which is required for entry into state parks and recreation areas, as well as a Michigan fishing license.

The registration deadline is Sept. 24, when a random lottery selection will be held to determine class participants.

Workshop information and registration materials are available online at This will be a rain, shine or snow event.