I grew up in West Michigan with a real love for the Great Outdoors. After guiding in the great state of Alaska, I returned to my favorite rivers and streams here in Michigan. My favorite, the Pere Marquette River is where I have settled. I have spent many years just down the road from this great river in the town of Baldwin, and have developed a deep love for this amazing, natural scenic river. I became a professional guide in 1998, and guiding still remains a real passion for me.
I’m a licensed USFS Special Use Permit holder and State of Michigan Permit holder for. This allows me to guide the entire water shed of the Pere Marquette River. I am fully insured and CPR Certified. I run Full Day and Half Day Trips, Instructional trips, walk and wade, or float trips.
I am truly blessed to have the beautiful Pere Marquette River as my office. As a Fly Fishing Guide, I strive to give the client the best experience in Northern Michigan. Your day on the river with me may not just be about the number of fish we hook. A trip with me is also about learning something new you can take home with you. Maybe you’re looking to learn a new cast, try a new technique, looking for help learning how to read water, or looking to fine tune your skills. From a beginner to a seasoned fly fishing veteran, I can help. As we all know, there is so more to fly fishing than just the we cast. I love to share my knowledge and passion about the great river, the fish, and the entire process of netting a fish on a fly.
To everyone who has joined me over the many years, I truly thank you! I have developed so many wonderful friendships throughout my years of guiding. I have enjoyed watching all of my clients grow as avid anglers. I appreciate the continued referrals you send me. I enjoy teaching anglers of all skill levels and ages. Anyone is welcome to join me for a great adventure, floating down one of the most pristine rivers the great State of Michigan has to offer.
I have been a full time guide now for 25 years. I have had the numerous opportunities to write fly fishing articles, appear in television shows, and make several guest appearances on fly fishing videos on throughout my career.
I have written for Eastern Fly Fishing Journal, Mid West Fly Fishing, Angler Magazine, Swing the Fly Magazine and numerous guest articles on multiple blogs.
I spend a lot of time at the fly tying vise. Over the years I have developed many signature fly patterns. These patterns are featured in multiple publications, including Kevin Feenstra’s “Matching Baitfish.” I personally tie each of the flies you will use on a guided trip. I have shared some of these well-tested fly patterns in the FLY BOX section of my site.
I have appeared on Trout Unlimited TV, Outdoor Magazine, The Northern Angler Live Fly Tying events, and made special cameo appearances in Kevin Feenstra’s Searching For Steelhead and Tom Larimers Skagit Master 4 Videos. You can check out a few of the videos HERE
Fly Fishing Michigan Rivers is an ever changing sport. I am always open to trying new techniques, methods, flies, and equipment. Our fly fishing industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. I am privileged to be a part of this great industry of people who continue to pour their knowledge and passion into this great sport!
When you book a trip with me, you’re making an investment in great memories for years to come. I hope to hear from you soon. Always feel free to drop me a note if you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas! Thank you for stopping by!