Near East Jordan, the Jordon River is located in the northern section of the lower peninsula and is popular for its steelhead and salmon runs. It is also gaining popularity for its trout.
To reach the access from Traverse City, head toward Lake Charevoix. Head south on SR66 for about 20 minutes and the road parallels the Jordon River. The river is quite scenic as it runs through forest. It has a gravel and rock bottom, and is typically 25 to 50 feet wide. You can expect to find brook trout and brown trout hiding in the pools, riffles and dead fall.
The headwaters are near the town of Chestonia at the intersection of US131 and SR32. From the headwaters, you will find more brook trout and as you head downstream the brown trout population will increase. Steelhead are more plentiful from late March through early May. The caddis hatch is typically from mid-April through mid-September.
Overall, Jordon River is the 24th most popular fly fishing river of all 26 fly fishing spots in Michigan.