Nighttime mousing is one of the most exhilarating experiences you'll have fishing for trophy browns. Slidding down the river on a dark and silent night waiting for that "Gulp" fallowed by craziness and excitement. All I can say is hold on!!!!!
Streamer Fishing is a very active and engaging way of fishing for trout. Watching your streamer back to the boat, seeing a flash or even the mouth of a brown trout chasing down your streamer, than that aggressive take.
Using dry flies is a very traditional way to catch trout. Using a small size 16 adams fooling trout and watching their nose break the surface. Or chasing giants in the middle of the night with a size 4 hex. (michigans biggest mayfly hatch).
From late October after salmon start dying off steelhead enter the rivers in search of eggs. They keep entering the river through winter until early May when steelhead start to spawn. If you can bear the cold, winter steelhead fishing can be some of the most exciting fishing you'll come across. If its throwing a centerpin watching bobbers go down or a using a fly rod chuck and ducking. I have the gear and skills to get you on the fish.
At the end of summer Michigan offers up its biggest and baddest fish. The salmon some of these beast can get up to 25 pounds. The big Chincook salmon or King salmon come in first a very aggressive. I love throwing skien under a bobber, something about it shooting down yanking back and knowing that the snag you thought you were in is now a 20 pound fish. If youre into a more tradition way of fishing we can always throw streamers or throw egg patterns.
I started fly fishing at a young age. My father took me fly fishing for the first time when I was just six years old holding my hand crossing the Au Sable river in Graying right in front of Gates Fly Shop trying to catch rainbows and brown trout, casting dry flies is where it all started for me. From there he starting taking me steelhead fishing where I was able to land my first fish at just eight years old. I quickly found the love and passion that still drives me today, at age eighteen I purchased my first row boat which opened up a who new world of fishing to me. Since than I've been out trying new water ways around Michigan's lower peninsula testing my eighteen years of knowledge chasing and putting friends and family on fish. One of my favorite things now a days is seeing others around me excited to get out and catch a fish they could only dream of. Now a days you'll catch me floating around in my 13' Stealth Craft casting streamer chasing trout.
My main target fish is big browns, where I love catching them throwing big streamers. I enjoy the challenge of chasing steelhead, swinging flies, but have more success floating beads under a float using a centerpin or a casting rod. When summer turns to fall is where I start throwing streamers on the fly rods for salmon, I have also used skein under bobbers for salmon which is a great and fun way to catch these fish. When I am trout fishing I strictly throw flies only. Whether its big streamers, elegant dry fly fishing, nymphing with indicators , or throwing a mouse in the dead of night.
Depending on water conditions and previous knowledge will determine where we fish unless special requests are made previously (also as long its within my licenses) . My home waters are on the Au Sable running from Mio to Comins Flats and the upper Manistee, but I have been on many other rivers and have the resources to fish other rivers around Michigan.
Full day Float (8 Hours of fishing) $400 for Salmon and Steelhead
Steelhead and Salmon are full day trips only. Trout trips are $350 for a full day and $250 for a half day. Another person can be added to the trip for an extra $100. All gear is provided by me which includes: rod, reel, line, flies, terminal, etc. I will not charge extra for any lost gear including: flies, line, hooks, sinkers, or floats.
Full day trips include a hot lunch for both anglers and soft beverages. All half day trips will include snacks and soft beverages. I will call ahead of the trip for any food preferences and or any food allergies.
MAKE SURE TO HAVE A UPDATED MICHIGAN FISHING LICENSE!!! One can be purchased at a licensed dealer or online at www.mdr-elicense.com
Things I would recommend bringing: waders, rain jacket, hat, sun glasses (Polarized is preferred), extra layers; you can always take clothes off if you get to warm. If your trip is planned in the cold months, hand warmers will be provided if needed. Additionally, please bring extra gloves incase your original pair get wet.
One thing that I try to teach is the importance of catch and release of fish in a safe manner for the fish. These fish are one of Michigan's great resources and us as fishermen have a responsibility to protect them. We try to get the fish out of the net and back into the water as soon as possible gives the fish the best chance to swim away.
A security deposit of half of the price of your will be taken upon booking. If you have to cancel your trip there will be a full refund if I am made aware fourteen days before the trip. If you cancel within the fourteen days, your deposit will be forfeited. If you have to reschedule, your deposit will be transferred to your later date. If for some reason I have to cancel because of weather or safety issues your deposit will be refunded or transferred.
Deposits can be paid with a check or Paypal, Venmo.
The remaining balance can be paid on the day of the trip with cash or check.