Michigan Fly Fishing Charters

Michigan Fly Fishing Charters

Best Fly Fishing Charters in Michigan

Fly Fishing in Michigan

So you want to go fly fishing in Michigan? Excellent choice! Known as the Great Lake State, you can’t swing a cat without it landing in prime fly fishing waters. This is the state where you’ll find the longest freshwater shoreline in the whole world – you know the fly fishing is going to be epic with that kind of achievement!
 
What to Expect
Michigan has access to three of the Great Lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, and Lake Erie. This means you can book a trip as short as four hours and be fishing in no time.
 
Most local trips focus on targeting a particular species, which changes depending on the time of year. If you’re heading out with one fish on your mind, make sure it’s in season before climbing aboard.
 
For some species, you should consider heading out very early in the morning or during the evening. Fish such as Steelhead and Trout avoid the bright midday sun; they come to the surface to feed when it’s darker, which is when you’re most likely to catch them. 
 

What to Catch

Trout fishing is especially popular in Michigan. There are over 20,000 miles of cold water for Trout to live in, both stocked and wild, making this a bucket- list destination for fly anglers. The official beginning of the Trout season is usually in the last week of April, and this is your time to hit the water.
 
Salmon is another prized catch in Michigan, and for all the good reasons. The best time to go after these feisty fish is any time from late spring to early autumn (depending on the species). Chinook are out and about mid-August, and Coho is available all year, though the action is best in early spring and late October.
 
If you’re on the lookout for Pink Salmon, you’ll have better luck in odd-numbered years. As for Atlantic Salmon, they’re late bloomers, and the best period to target them is usually in late fall.
 
Other species you can catch include Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, Pike, Rainbow, Brook, and Brown Trout.
 

Where to Go

As well as the Great Lakes, some other top waters to fish in include St. Clair River, Lake Huron, Manistee River, and of course the famous Au Sable River. Measuring nearly 80 miles long and leading into Lake Huron, this river is the best place to go fly fishing for Trout. It even has a famous hatch, the “Hex” hatch, which cannot be missed! There are parts of the river that are great for beginners, and others that will really test your skills. Top targets here include Brook, Brown, and Rainbow Trout, as well as good populations of Steelhead. 
 
Other top waters you won’t want to miss include Betsie River, Huron River, Muskegon River, White River, Fox River, and plenty more.
 

How to Prepare

Michigan fly fishing guides can show you where to find the best bite based on the time of year. Some guides provide fly fishing gear for their customers, but you should confirm this ahead of time. If you plan on bringing your own gear, pack two fly fishing rods – one 8’ with a 3 wt and a 10’ rod with a 6 wt. This will allow you to catch the full range of species in Michigan’s waters.
 
Before your trip, everyone in your group over 17 will need to buy a fishing license. Check the current regulations for each fish in the body of water you’ll be fishing – these are subject to change each season.
 
Don’t forget to pack your amber polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug repellant, and you’ll be ready to fish.
 
Book a Michigan fly fishing trip today and you’ll be hooked for life.
Michigan
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What anglers said about Fly Fishing in Michigan

Book later for better chance at Chinook, but all the lake trout you could ask for in June
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book later for better chance at Chinook, but all the lake trout you could ask for in June
Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters
Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters
Bring a jacket, it's still cool on the water in Michigan in mid-June. Catch limit on lake trout is two per person, so don't keep unless they're of decent size.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring a jacket, it's still cool on the water in Michigan in mid-June. Catch limit on lake trout is two per person, so don't keep unless they're of decent size.
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
Pure Angling – Lake Trout, Salmon (Troll/Jig)
If you suffer from motion sickness get Dramamine in your system the night before. Have plenty of water with you it can get hot quick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you suffer from motion sickness get Dramamine in your system the night before. Have plenty of water with you it can get hot quick.
Silver Beach Fishing Co
Silver Beach Fishing Co
Absolutely. Captain can you please send me a picture of that pike. Much much appreciated.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Absolutely. Captain can you please send me a picture of that pike. Much much appreciated.
Windrift Sport Fishing
Windrift Sport Fishing
I definitely would. We drove up from South Haven and will continue to drive up to Holland for charters with this crew.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
I definitely would. We drove up from South Haven and will continue to drive up to Holland for charters with this crew.
Powderhorn Sportfishing
Powderhorn Sportfishing
Bring Plenty of Ice, Drinking Water, Snacks, Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, long sleeve shirt, pants, boat shoes, and bug spray -just in case blackflies are out. Be ready to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring Plenty of Ice, Drinking Water, Snacks, Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, long sleeve shirt, pants, boat shoes, and bug spray -just in case blackflies are out. Be ready to catch fish.
Legends Sport Fishing
Legends Sport Fishing
Bring bug spray for the black flies and wear appropriate clothes for the black flies. If not, the captain will have 100% deet spray for you.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring bug spray for the black flies and wear appropriate clothes for the black flies. If not, the captain will have 100% deet spray for you.
Ratchetjaw Charters
Ratchetjaw Charters
Weather and bait patterns determine how many fish are schooled up. The Capt is dialed into where and how they might be hungry. June is great for walleye in open water and getting in a great day on the boat!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Weather and bait patterns determine how many fish are schooled up. The Capt is dialed into where and how they might be hungry. June is great for walleye in open water and getting in a great day on the boat!
Show Up & Fish Charters
Show Up & Fish Charters
Dietrich's SportFishing with Captain Shane is an excellent choice that I highly recommend.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dietrich's SportFishing with Captain Shane is an excellent choice that I highly recommend.
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters – 28’
Dietrich's Sportfishing Charters – 28’
Aaron is a great Captain! He found a great spot and took good care of all of us.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Aaron is a great Captain! He found a great spot and took good care of all of us.
Ratchetjaw Charters
Ratchetjaw Charters
We caught more fish the last couple times we went out, but that's just how fishing goes sometimes. Over all we were very satisfied
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught more fish the last couple times we went out, but that's just how fishing goes sometimes. Over all we were very satisfied
Flagship Fishing Charters
Flagship Fishing Charters
Come ready to catch fish and have an amazing experience with two top notch fisherman
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Come ready to catch fish and have an amazing experience with two top notch fisherman
Reel Life Great Lakes Sportfishing
Reel Life Great Lakes Sportfishing
If you take the stream trout fishing trip, be prepared to hike through very rugged, hazardous terrain and very slippery, hazardous rocky rushing streams. If you have any disabilities / physical limitations make sure to let Mike know ahead of time!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you take the stream trout fishing trip, be prepared to hike through very rugged, hazardous terrain and very slippery, hazardous rocky rushing streams. If you have any disabilities / physical limitations make sure to let Mike know ahead of time!
MQT Adventures
MQT Adventures
Be prepared to not catch fish you can eat. Lots of Drum fish which are not good to eat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to not catch fish you can eat. Lots of Drum fish which are not good to eat.
FishGH – Danel
FishGH – Danel
Our first time fishing in Monroe. I’d say if you book with Earl as your captain you won’t have any issues.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Our first time fishing in Monroe. I’d say if you book with Earl as your captain you won’t have any issues.
Showdown Fishing
Showdown Fishing
Whipping is a great way to catch fish and it is good fishing in Algonac and Marine City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Whipping is a great way to catch fish and it is good fishing in Algonac and Marine City
Outlaw Guide Service – Algonac
Outlaw Guide Service – Algonac
Dress appropriately open water winds can get nippy I wore sweaty and thin sweats and was shivering closer to the end of night
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Dress appropriately open water winds can get nippy I wore sweaty and thin sweats and was shivering closer to the end of night
Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters
Fast Times Sport Fishing Charters
Montague is the perfect place to fish. If you fish during the fall or spring, check the weather temperature so you can dress accordingly. During the day, the sun shines bright. If you don't like to much sun, bring a hat. You will love Monrague..
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Montague is the perfect place to fish. If you fish during the fall or spring, check the weather temperature so you can dress accordingly. During the day, the sun shines bright. If you don't like to much sun, bring a hat. You will love Monrague..
Dave’s Fishing Charters
Dave’s Fishing Charters Detroit, Michigan
During this time of year expect the unexpected with weather. Bring a hoodie and a rain jacket. Don't be afraid to go out in a little rain.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
During this time of year expect the unexpected with weather. Bring a hoodie and a rain jacket. Don't be afraid to go out in a little rain.
Send It Charters – Linwood
Send It Charters – Linwood
Book with Captain Shae - Erie West Sportfishing - You will not be disappointed!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Book with Captain Shae - Erie West Sportfishing - You will not be disappointed!!!
Erie West Sportfishing
Erie West Sportfishing

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