2023 Guide and Rates:
Due to rising gas prices and other expenses, 2022 guide rates are subject to change.
Peak Season (June) Full Day ( Brown Drakes, Hex) $595 (One or two anglers)
Full Day Float – $525 (two anglers) $500 (one angler) includes lunch or dinner.
Half-Day Guide – $375 (one or two anglers)
Mouse Fishing – Half Day – $425
Full-Day Upland Bird Hunt – $495 (One or two hunters)
A $100 Fee is Charged for trips canceling less than 5 days from scheduled float. Trips canceled within 24 hours are charged the full rate.
Our team of licensed and experienced local guides has fished the many rivers and lakes of northern Michigan. And our upland hunting guides, along with their highly trained bird dogs, will provide you an unparalleled hunting experience in the north woods.
They know when the mayflies are going to dance on top of the water even before the mayflies do. And they know when the woodcock are migrating and where the grouse are hiding.
We offer both full and ½ day guided fly fishing trips from a traditional drift boat or a classic Au Sable longboat, comprehensive fly fishing schools and casting lessons – for anglers interested in learning how to successfully fly fish or for advanced fly fisherman looking to fine-tune their skills. Full and ½ day wade trips are also available.
In the fall, we offer full and ½ day upland hunting trips for grouse and woodcock.
Delicious shore and river lunches are available from simple handmade wraps to deluxe charcuterie boards with assorted cheeses, meats, fruits and veggies.
Paul discovered his love of shotgunning through his experiences hunting in the fields and marshes of Michigan. He started shooting skeet recreationally to improve his field shooting skills and really enjoyed it. When sporting clays became available in this country, he gave it a try and was hooked. He then went on to start shooting competitively. Not long after that, he discovered that he really enjoyed helping others achieve their shooting goals and decided to pursue his NSCA Level I Instructor designation. That was over fifteen years ago. A few years after completing his Level I Paul went on to complete his Level II Instructor designation. He feels that sporting clays presents one of the best opportunities to improve shooting skills because of the unlimited variety of target presentations that the sport offers. He has helped shooters from beginning to advanced levels. Paul enjoys working with target shooters and field hunters on everything from fundamental shotgun skills, field shooting, how to make a plan, eye dominance problems, gun fitting and stock alterations.
Gunsmith, Gun Fitter & Bird Hunting Guide
Del grew up in southern Minnesota and during his youth spent a lot of time in northern Minnesota hunting and fishing. It was this magical time on the water and in the woods that would develop his passion for the outdoors and steer his career path. In 1998 Del attended Pine Technical College, earning a degree in gunsmithing under the tutelage of the America Master gun maker, Bruce LePage. Upon graduation, the British gunmaker John Rigby & Co. in Paso Robles, California, hired Del. At Rigby’s, he honed his gun-making skills working with American, Continental European and British gun makers in stocking action work, barrel making and stock building. Del moved to Traverse City, Michigan in 2002 and became the in-house gunsmith for Fieldsport, doing stock alterations, custom work and gun repairs. After a couple of years, Del moved to Lake Ann. Michigan and set up his own gun shop, specializing in gun fitting, stock making, stock alteration and restoration of fine shotguns.
Del is an upland bird hunting enthusiast, focusing mainly on grouse and woodcock, while also pursuing western and southwestern upland birds. He trains his own bird dogs and owns both flushing and pointing dogs, including a French Brittany and a field-bred English Cocker Spaniel. Del is an Orvis pro staff and a technical writer for Shooting Sportsman magazine. Del enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, beekeeping and shooting 28 GA and 410 GA shotguns.