Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies

Explore Michigan Rivers with Dan Nealy’s Fishing Buddies! Dan takes extreme pride in providing his guests with an experience that they won’t soon forget. Dan’s experience, positive energy, love, and passion for the water and fishing will extend to his guests. Dan love’s teaching, coaching, and watching others learn new techniques, improve skills, and experience success fishing all the great waters Michigan has to offer.

Your boat will be a Hyde Drifter that can comfortably sit 3 fishermen. Dan will oar while you take in the sights of the river or while fishing from the boat. There are two leg locks for those who would also like to fish while enjoying the drift. Wading or fishing from the boat, the float trip allows you to cover a lot of river and chase more fish!

Walk and Wade is a more intimate way of fishing and walking the river. If wading is your preferred method of finding fish, Dan can accommodate you. There is nothing Dan enjoys more than walking the river and hiking fisherman trails to find big fish.

While many tackle options are available, our preferred technique is fly fishing gear. Top notch gear will be provided and in most cases, flies tied by Dan himself. Dan is a willing and patient teacher, there is no wrong technique that helps us catch fish. We will be on the prowl, depending on season for Steelhead, Salmon, Trout, and Bass!

Capt. Dan also provides grilled lunch, (depending on weather) water, and snacks for full day trips and snacks and water for half day trips. Don’t forget to bring your fishing license.

Join Dan Nealy’s Fishing Buddies for a day of bliss and relaxation.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Walk and Wade
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $235
    Getting some exercise to find the best spot to fish! It is an outstanding way to spend your time on the river. Time of day of trip is negotiable! Includes snacks and water. What are you waiting for?! Please ask what river is fishing well! A few river options can include Chippewa River, Pine River (Gratiot County) Au Sable River, and the Roque River.
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout Boat
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $275
    Targeting Smallmouth, Largemouth Bass, Trout, and anything else that bites! A favorite trip length and the best value! Using light tackle and gear specific for whatever species you're looking for. Snacks and drinks are included in the price. Two fishermen max. Fishing options include the Muskegon River and local Montcalm/Gratiot County lakes and rivers. Please ask what's fishing well!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip–Salmon/Steelhead (Boat)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $325
    Looking to slay some Salmon or Steelhead? This is a perfect trip length and the best value! Using flies and either spin rods or fly rods, and we'll find fish that will take you for a ride! Snacks and drinks are included. A 5-hour float trip.
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout (Boat)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 1 - Sep 1
    $350
    Targeting Smallmouth, Largemouth Bass, Trout, and anything else that bites! A favorite trip length and the best value! Using light tackle and gear specific for whatever species you're looking for. Snacks and drinks are included in the price. 2 Fisherman max. Fishing options include the Muskegon River, local Montcalm/Gratiot County Lakes & Rivers. Please ask what's fishing well! A 5 to 6-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour – Salmon & Steelhead (Boat)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $410
    There is literally nothing better to do in Michigan than to catch a massive King Salmon or have an acrobatic Steelhead put a charge in your rod while fighting them in a river (usually just hanging on and praying). Spend a whole day with the captain fighting these brutes! Grilled lunch (weather permitting), drinks, and snacks are included in the price. 2 fisherman max.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout (Boat)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    Seasonal trip May 15 - Aug 31
    $410
    Ready for all day on the river, chasing Smallmouth Bass and Trout and anything else you can get to bite!? That's right, depending on the river and time of the year, you'll target some hard-fighting fish that will leave you addicted. This is a 7-hour trip. Grilled lunch (weather permitting), water/drinks, and snacks are provided. 2 fisherman max.
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About the Captain

Daniel Nealy
Newaygo, Michigan, United States
ID & License verified
6 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since June 2021
I'm from southern Michigan and grew up pond and lake fishing for Bass, Catfish and Pike. I went to Central Michigan University and started falling in love with river fishing Smallies on the Chippewa River. While in Mt. Pleasant, I met a guy who guided on the Pere Marquette. He offered to take me at the end of Steelhead season to see if we could find some late spring Steelies. While on that trip, I fought many Steelhead, and landed a trophy brown Trout. From that point on, my passion grew for fishing Michigan rivers. I currently live in Alma, which is dead center of the state. I live with my wife (Aleisha) and my three dogs (Berkley, Caddis, Stella) and my two cats (Orvis & River). I currently work in Youth Basketball programming.

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Targeted Species

Bass (Smallmouth) Smallmouth Bass
Brown Trout Brown Trout
Pike (Northern) Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)

Salmon (Coho) Coho Salmon

Boat Specs

Hyde (Drift boat) originally built in 1999. Powered by a 6HP Nissan engine.

Length
14 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 25% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
PayPal
Bank Transfer

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.6 / 5
out of 5 stars from 6 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.2 / 5
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Good experience
83%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
67%
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William M.
Alto, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day Muskegon river trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout Boat on June 17, 2022
Dan was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He was very helpful with my 8 year old son.
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Shane S.
Corunna, MI
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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June fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  4 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout Boat on June 18, 2022
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Terry K.
Elkhart, IN
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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Fishing with Daniel

VERIFIED   7 Hour – Salmon & Steelhead (Boat) on April 24, 2022
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Gabriel M.
Erie, PA
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Very good
4.0 / 5
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   7 Hour – Salmon & Steelhead (Boat) on December 31, 2021
Best guide I’ve had
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Jefc K.
Whitehall, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Fishing with Daniel

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip–Salmon/Steelhead (Boat) on October 16, 2021
Good trip and Dan worked hard to catch fish..
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FAQs about Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies

Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies offers the following trips to customers:
  • $185 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip – Walk and Wade (4 hours)
  • $225 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 4 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout Boat (4 hours)
  • $275 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 5 Hour Trip–Salmon/Steelhead (Boat) (5 hours)
  • $300 per group, additional $50 per person after 1 guest - 6 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout (Boat) (6 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $60 per person after 1 guest - 7 Hour – Salmon & Steelhead (Boat) (7 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $60 per person after 1 guest - 7 Hour Trip – Bass & Trout (Boat) (7 hours)

Trips booked with Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Fly Fishing Equipment

Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies offers the following type of fishing:
  • River Fishing

Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing (Provides flies for guest. )

Top targeted fish species with Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies include:
  • Bass (Smallmouth)
  • Brown Trout
  • Pike (Northern)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Salmon (Coho)