Northern Michigan Fly Fishing
Fly Fishing for Steelhead
smallmouth bass on the fly

Michigan Premier Fly Fishing and Wingshooting Guides

amberjack fly fishing

Capt. Chris Butz

Owner, Wingshooting and Fly Fishing Guide

Capt. Chuck Hawkins

Founder & Fly Fishing Guide

Spring steelhead

Matt Barthels

Fly Fishing Guide

 Capt. David Tropf

Fly Fishing Guide

Fly Fishing Guides

Hawkins Outfitters guides are experts in the art and science of fly fishing in Michigan. They are among the best fishing guides in Michigan. Focusing on fly fishing the Manistee, Pere Marquette, AuSable,and Betsie Rivers along with many inland lakes, smaller lesser known streams and the Lake Michigan inshore areas generally within an hour and half radius from Traverse City, Michigan. Hawkins guides fish for steelhead, salmon, trout, smallmouth, pike, panfish and carp.

A major difference between most fly shops, guide services and independent guides is the cooperation that Hawkins guides exhibit between each other. During the prime times, when information is king. Hawkins guides check in with each other sharing information about bug location and timing, migration patterns, locations, hot flies and techniques. It is as if, when you are fishing with a Hawkins guide, you have an entire team out there collecting information to help your specific guide put you in the best position possible to catch fish.

Unlike a number of Michigan fishing guides out there, Hawkins guides don’t guide so that they can fish, they guide because they love it. The challenge and feeling of accomplishment is the reward Hawkins guides feel when you, the angler, have a great day.

Wingshooting Guides

Our wingshooting guides are lifelong bird hunters.  From chasing bobwhite quail and grouse in Indiana and pheasants and waterfowl out West to grouse and woodcock in the North Woods, we’ve got the experience to give you an unforgettable day afield.  As students of the birds we pursue, you will learn the biology and patterns of the why and how that we pursue these amazing quarry.

Wingshooting for us is a year around endeavor from scouting to training gundogs so that we can get you positioned for the best probabilities on the day of your hunt.  It’s our passion and you’ll see that during your day with our guides.

Please see our testimonial/reference page to see how past clients feel about the effort Hawkins guides and the success they’ve had.

Thank you, hope to see you in one of our boats soon.  Contact Us via the web or give us a call 231-228-7135 to book a Michigan guide trip.

Chris and Chuck

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