Michigan’s trout opener is about fishing and friends

Sure, I caught and released a 16-inch brown the opening day on the Au Sable River’s South Branch before the skies opened up with rain.
Sure, it was typical weather for a trout opener in northern Michigan: threatening rain, a chance of snow, and a river that was nearly at flood stage.
None of that mattered. The real meaning of trout season opening day in Michigan is friends.