Country Anglers


United States


2080 S. Thomas Road Saginaw, Michigan 48609


Latitude: 43.393126

Longitude: -84.114897



989 280 3238

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COUNTRY ANGLERS’ owner, Jac Ford, grew up with a fly rod in his hand. He took up fly fishing in grade school, first fishing for Blue gills on Wiggins Lake, near Gladwin. He was tying his own flies by the fifth grade and begin fishing for trout by age twelve. Jac was lucky, having a couple mentors in Vic Sandvic and Ralph Taylor, who both contributed much to his development in becoming an adroit fly-fisher for trout and other fish. Before graduation from high school, he was an avid fly-tier and fly-fisherman. 

In 1962, at the age of twenty-two, Jac became a “catch and release” fisherman of Michigan.

By 1972, Jac’s best catch, JoAnn, came along and since has been very supportive of his fishing passion. Jo Ann later became a fine fisher herself. It was then that Jac began fishing for Steelhead, and in 1973, he began fishing for trout yearly in Montana and other out-of-the-country fishing venues.

During this time, Jac fished the Per Marquette for steelhead for ten days each spring and countless days wading a small river or the Manistee and AuSable river right here in Michigan, every spring starting his trout fishing at Traefa Lodge, on the main stream of the AuSable on opening weekend. Jac also chased the Brown and Gray Drakes and the Hex hatch, sometimes driving back and forth to and from Saginaw so he could squeeze in working a few times a week.

Jac has had a wonderful experience being involved with Trout Unlimited and Federation of Fly Fisherman, having been a life member of both since the early seventies. Three-time president of the Mershon Chapter of Trout Unlimited and 2013 recipient of TU National's "Distinguished Service Award," Jac is currently serving as president of the Mershon chapter.

Jac began fly tying and fly fishing classes to support the chapter in 1976. Other than several years in the 80’s, Jac has been instructing these classes. Many particpants from the classes have become active members, board members, and chapter officers. 

Jac continued fly fishing in Montana for a few weeks every year until 1991, when he retired. After fishing there for a month with some friends shortly after retiring, Jac became a guide in Montana and an outfitter two years later. Jac had his own fly-fishing outfitter business for the next ten years. With Jac’s expertise in trout fishing in Montana, he developed a fully booked repeat business, after being in business for only one year.

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