The prime times in Michigan are March and April for steelhead and big browns, Late May and June for dry fly fishing, Sept for the Garden River and October and November for fall steelhead. These times/species book very quickly because of high demand for Hawkins Outfitters Guides.
If you’ve wanted to fish with a particular guide and/or for a particular species, now is your best chance to make that happen.
Call Cherie at 231-228-7135 and get them booked. Don’t be disappointed.
Hawkins Outfitters specializes in fly fishing for steelhead, trout, salmon, smallmouth, pike, muskie and carp. We practice strictly catch and release fishing. We are fully permitted by both United States Forest Service (see below*) and the State of Michigan to guide on the Manistee, Pere Marquette, Pine, and Ausable rivers in northern Lower Michigan. We also fish the Great Lakes inshore areas (including Grand Traverse Bay) and smaller lesser known streams and rivers. In addition to guiding fly anglers in Northern Michigan we book and guide trips in the fall for salmon and steelhead on the Garden River in Sault St Marie, Canada. In the winter months we book and host trips to Patagonia and Belize. Having traveled and fished extensively in both countries we can help anglers have the best opportunities possible in these remote locations.
Michigan is truly a year round fishery. Weather permitting we fish almost every day of the year. Fly fishing for Steelhead is possible from September through April with March, April and September through December being prime time. Whether swinging a fly or dead drifting an egg, we know where they are.
Brown and Brook trout are plentiful and are available in some waters all year. With miles of special regulation streams and great hatches our trout fishing is wonderful. Our main hatches occur in May and June with terrestrials and mousing kicking in July and August.
Smallmouth fishing in the area is world class in some of our lakes, bays and streams. Smallies plus the other warm water species round out our spring and summer fly fishing opportunities
Being located near Traverse City, Michigan puts us near the center of much of the best fly fishing in the Midwest. It also provides a high quality environment when not on the water or for the non-anglers in your group. Traverse City boasts many fine restaurants, quality shopping, The National Cherry Festival, Traverse City Film Festival and Horse Show by the Bay, all nationally recognized events. Fly Anglers based in or near Traverse City have diverse lodging options, hotels, motels and cabins are all available.
High quality fly fishing opportunities with world class dining and entertainment. Add great guides and the ability to fish any of the area rivers gives our customers the opportunity to have a trip well worth remembering
For further information, and to reserve your trip, please contact us or call 231.228.7135
Come join us on Any River…Anytime℠
*This institution is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit with the Huron Manistee National Forests.