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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Great Find, "Fran Betters River Map"

I was surfing the net this morning, taking a short break from my task of preseason ordering still needing completion, and I was on the site The Fly Fishing Connection and I found this map said to be hand drawn of the West AuSable River originated by Fran Betters.  I have another more recent, but dated map, that he sold in his shop at the time for around .75 cents. This one has a write up of the river and labels the river spots also.  Taking a quick look at the older map, the one on this post, the holes have some additional names.  I am going to print both versions so I can study this more.  Names like: North Notch Pool, The Bend and Riffles, 5 Flats, and Stop Pool to name a few.

Nice to have such a piece of Fran's history.  I personally reflect about Fran every time I fish the West Branch. I often think of what life and fishing was really like when Fran fished these waters in their prime. The area was more primitive. I love the woods and the rivers in them.  It keeps me feeling fresh about life and all that is in it. It deepens my respect for every thing.


Anonymous said...

Here is a map I did a while back that you may like!!125&form=LMLTCC

Unknown said...

Your map is wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to create and share it.