• Meet Your Guides

    With over 65 years of fly fishing experience and hundreds of days on the water every year, we have the passion, patience, and knowledge to ensure anglers of all levels have a fantastic day on the water. We specialize in creating one of a kind fly fishing experiences on some of the U.P.'s most iconic brook trout, brown trout, steelhead and smallmouth streams. By offering both wade fishing and float fishing trips, we help ensure your time on the water is not only enjoyable but memorable.

  • Chris Gestwicki

    Chris started his fly fishing journey in Maryland fishing the Big Gun Powder River. He stalked wild browns, rainbows and brookies throughout the long pools of this fine eastern tailwater. He honed his dry fly skills but also discovered the addiction of streamer fishing (to this day you can find Chris throwing the big stuff even during a hatch). After a tour of duty, Chris found his way to lower Michigan where he discovered steelhead, salmon and lake run browns. He chased these fish all over the state, including the St. Joe, Dowagiac, Big Manistee, Pere Marquette and the Little Manistee River before eventually finding his way to Upper Michigan. Along the way his streamer addiction morphed into a two-handed spey addiction swinging big flies for big fish. His passion for swinging flies and triggering that massive lightning bolt strike has never slowed.

     

    Since moving to the Upper Peninsula in 2000 he's fished all corners, waters and species in this area. When he's not swinging for steelhead he loves to chase browns on the Escanaba River, brook trout in the back country and float for smallmouth on the many Lake Michigan tributaries around our area. In 2002, Chris started Caddis Shack to introduce others to the amazing fish and waters in the Upper Peninsula. Since then he's introduced hundreds, if not thousands to the amazing experience of fly fishing.

     

    You won't find anyone more passionate, outgoing and dedicated than Chris and it's what makes him such a great guide. He has a ton of versatility, from teaching beginners the basics to guiding an expert in catching the fish of a lifetime.

  • Jason Brownewell

    Jason an original resident of Colorado has been chasing trout in some form almost his entire life. In his childhood and teen years the Rockies were what he considered home chasing these wild trout in the clear, cold water of the mountains. As age and a drivers license came with time so did Jason's sense of adventure. Pursuing his passion "trout on the fly" he started venturing into Wyoming, Montana, Utah and even going as far north as Canada. Fast forward a few years and Jason marries a Yooper Girl (for those that don't know a Yooper is a person from Michigan's Upper Peninsula). His wife hatches a plan to bring Jason to the Upper Peninsula and introduce him to a fly fishing guide to help him explore. Well he was hooked. Within a few short years (you guessed it) he's living here.

     

    If you were going to pick Jason's skill set out of the following: 1) streamer junkie, 2) nympher, 3) dry fly enthusiast or 4) two handed junkie; - Jason would be a strong 2 & 3 with the ability to join em on the swing and streamer thing. Jason is a dynamic nympher with a great passion for the dry fly as well. He has tremendous ability to dissect a river and pull pockets apart. A very well rounded individual as guides go as when he is not chasing trout and smallmouth in the warmer months he can be found chipping ice out of his guides as he tries to pull in a steelhead or lake run brown from the bottom of a pool in the winter months.

     

    Jason loves to pass on his knowledge and skills to clients, whether it's reading water, casting or learning a new technique to catch fish. He loves introducing beginners to fly fishing and helping them catch fish, but most of all he enjoys showing people around our beautiful area and waters.

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