This current exhibit features Trout magazine covers dating from 1959 through 2017. Trout is the quarterly publication of Trout Unlimited, America’s foremost cold water fisheries conservation organization. Founded in July of 1959 on the banks of the Au Sable River in Grayling, Michigan, a group of concerned Michigan anglers wanted to ensure the health of trout, their habitat, and the sport of angling. The 12 founding members of Trout Unlimited were: Lon B. Adams, Casey E. Westell, Jr., Arthur C. Neumann, Victor C. Beresford, George A. Griffith, Comelius M. Schrems, Kenneth M. Putnam, C.R. Evenson, Pierce Stocking , Harry S. Busbee, John N. Keen and D. Earl Kimble.
Trout Unlimited won its first victory in 1961 when Michigan decided to replace its stocking of catchable sized trout with stream improvement programs, fingerling planting and protective fishing regulations. When word got out of their success in Michigan, other conservation minded anglers, from Pennsylvania to California, got together under the Trout Unlimited banner to preserve and improve their trout fisheries.
As you move counterclockwise through the display in our Gardner L. Grant Library, you will find covers that are the work of artists such as Rudolphe LaRiviere, Bob Frankowiak, Eldridge Hardie, Apayo Moore and William J. Schaldach. The first cover of Trout in the winter of 1959 issue featured the Chairman of the Michigan Conservation Commission Fish Committee and Trout Unlimited founder and director George A. Griffith, fishing on the famous Au Sable River. Another Trout cover displayed in the library is from 1964 and features the TU “American Trout Policy Draft”, which focuses heavily on preserving trout fisheries for future generations of both trout and trout fisherman.