Chuck Hawkins has been fly fishing for almost 50 years and guiding for half that. He and his wife, Cherie moved to Leelanau County, near Traverse City 29 years ago. Twenty-five years ago they decided to form Hawkins Outfitters with the goal of providing the finest fly fishing guide service in northern Michigan. Passion, attention to detail, hiring the best guides available and requiring cooperation and communication between the guides has accomplished that goal. Hawkins Outfitters was named the 2010 Orvis Endorsed Guide Service of the year.
Chuck is a FFF Certified Fly Casting Instructor and a US Coast Guard Captain. As an Orvis fly designer , Chuck has numerous flies available in the Orvis catalog including the Triple Double, Hat Trick, Nutcracker, and Little Rascal streamers.
Chuck’s favorite rivers are the Manistee, Pere Marquette, and AuSable chasing steelhead and resident trout. But is quite often found on the flats in Belize or many different rivers in Argentina.
Whether hunting the biggest trout, chasing steelhead or teaching a five year old to fly cast, Chuck loves to guide and looks forward to heading to work everyday.