Float trips vs walk & wading trips are largely dictated by water levels which are the result of how much precipitation (rain or snow) our local river systems have received. When we get decent precipitation (usually Mar-Jun) the water levels will run higher and floating will be the most effective option and sometimes the only option. When we get dry spells (usually July-Sep) the water levels drop, and depending on the flows, wading may be the only option. The takeaway here is that mother nature deals the cards and we do our best to play 'em.
The stellar trout waters we fish are best experienced by walking and wading especially when targeting the epic evening hatches. On these waters, the walking and wading are minimal, easy, and enjoyable. Most of the time we're meandering along a trail or bank, working our way up and down the river, targeting wonderful little buckets, pools, and runs from the bank. When we wade, we're usually only about knee-deep, and because it's a wide shallow river with a flat granite bottom you'll have stable footing. We have safely guided anglers of all ages (younger and older) and all mobility levels. We take our time, we're careful, and we help every step of the way. Wade trips allow us to be right there at your hip directing and coaching you, and without a boat to manage, we can spend more time on instruction and technique.
We mainly run float trips during steelhead and smallmouth season, or when clients have mobility issues, or when floating is the only option due to high water levels. We have two well-equipped drift boats (one is a custom 14' StealthCraft Ransom). Spring steelhead and smallmouth seasons tend to give us more opportunity to float due to higher, seasonal flows and the opportunity to get into very remote stretches of river. Float trips help us access water that can't be reached on foot and it gives us the ability to fish when water is running really high. That said, we can and do run float trips for trout, but we tend to use the boat more as transportation between spots which we then get out and fish (it's not like the Manistee River or a big western river where you're continuously drifting and fishing).
Regardless, whether doing a float or a walk & wade, your safety and comfort level are our #1 priority. Please contact us and we can discuss options to make sure you have the best possible day on the water.
What's included when you book a trip:
- A great rod/reel outfit by Sage, Redington, or Orvis.
- All the flies and terminal tackle you'll need on your outing.
- A delicious, streamside lunch will be provided on all full-day trips.
- Snacks and drinks will be provided with all trips.
- If needed we can provide boots and waders if doing a walk & wade trip.
What you'll need to bring:
- Valid Michigan fishing license (get one here: www.mdnr-elicense.com).
- Sunglasses, hat, and weather-appropriate clothing (we'll provide recommendations before your trip).
Payment, cancellations, and refunds:
- Deposits will be collected via PayPal to hold the trip date and the balance will be due in cash at end of the trip.
- Damaged fly rods will entail a $150 charge to offset warranty repair cost.
Other special mentions:
- We practice catch and release on all guided fly fishing trips (we take tons of pictures and share them).
Have a question or request?
- We'll do our very best to accommodate special requests or situations.
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