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Big Fish: Wood carver enjoys fishing for those fish he carves

By Howard Meyerson SYLVAN LAKE, MI — Bob Batchik has long been hooked on fish and fishing: bluegills, trout, bass, pike and perch. He isn’t fussy. He likes them all – particularly if he has a carving knife in hand. … Continue reading

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Bamboo fly rod builder: Wes Cooper honored with MSU heritage award

By Howard Meyerson FREMONT, MI – In the quiet of his basement workshop, Wes Cooper has been keeping a 90-year-old Michigan tradition alive – that of hand-building bamboo fly rods in an era dominated by mass-produced fishing poles. Cooper is … Continue reading

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