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Battle the TROUT...not the crowds. 
Enjoy a guided drift boat fly
fishing trip. 

Explore the Au Sable River's less traveled "Trophy Waters" below Mio.

The AuSable River Trophy Waters

From the dam in Mio to the backwaters of the Alcona pond, there are over 30 "river miles" of free flowing water in this tailwater fishery.
This is "big water fishing" and if there were mountains in the background, you would feel like you were fishing a large western river.
There is no better way to enjoy fly fishing than floating high above the water casting to trout from the comfort of a drift boat. 
You will cover more water in a day than you could wade in a season, exploring sections of the river that see much less fishing pressure.
Floating the AuSable is very scenic with frequent views of bald eagles, deer and mink, not to mention all three species of resident trout. 
All trips include a cooked streamside dinner. Our guides are licensed from Michigan's DNR and commercially permitted in the national forests.  All equipment, except waders, is provided.  (Note: we rent waders for $10 per person if needed).
We have been given good reviews by Eric Sharp, outdoor writer for the Detroit Free Press, Great Lakes Outdoors TV show on Public television, Michigan Woods N Waters magazine, Flint Journal and Trout Unlimited's magazine, Michigan Trout.
We specialize in "beginners" and "family friendly trips" as our trips do not include any alcohol, tobacco products or colorful language.  Fly fishing for us is a way of life and our guides do not "watch the clock".  Owner, Michael Johnson is a third generation fly fisherman.
All of our guides really enjoy being out on the river. Our goal is that by the end of the day we have taught each person sufficient instructions so that they are ready to explore fly fishing on their own.
So take a day off work, invite your wife, child or friend and create a memory on one of Michigan's most famous rivers.

Read newspaper articles about Michael click here...

"If you are after lunker browns, try the main river...
Fishing pressure is limited because there is little access. But
local anglers catch some huge browns on flies and small spoons..." 
                            ~ Janet D. Mehl & Company/Trout Streams of Michigan, MUCC

Escape for a day and fish 9 scenic river miles (approximately 8 hours)

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Cast to healthy populations of Rainbow and Brown Trout, with a real chance of fighting a "Trophy Fish". Great streamer and dry fly fishing.

Includes a delicious streamside dinner
for two!

Dinner features a chilled shrimp appetizer, grilled buffalo, potato salad, strawberry shortcake with real whipped cream. 


Rob and Suzie from Great Lakes Outdoors
With Michael Johnson, Riverguide


"To offer a relaxed day of catch and release
trout fishing with a great streamside meal" 

Third generation fly fisherman, Michael Johnson - Riverguide,
a Limited Liability Corporation.

    * For insurance reasons, no alcohol or tobacco products on trip.
    * Children 10 and older only.

     * $395.00 for two persons

Also Note:
      I also offer float trips from Mio to Comins Flats, Commins to Alcona Dam,
      Alcona to Rollaways (July great small mouth action) Manistee River,
      Sturgeon River, May through September Noon til Dusk. 

 Beginners Welcome!!

Eric Sharp Enjoying A Guided Float Trip


An easy going, good attitude, intimate knowledge of the river, first class equipment, a brand new McKenzie style "Hyde Pro Series" low profile, 3 person drift boat with padded comfortable pedestal seating.

Ross "Evolution" 5/6 wt. reels with Rio fly line. 

"Breathable" rain coats. 

Custom tied flies.

Three course streamside cooked dinner. 
Chilled shrimp appetizer, grilled steak or buffalo, potato salad, strawberry shortcake or pie with real whipped cream. 

If you forget something, I have extra hats, jackets, sunglasses,
tissues and first aid kit

20 inch Brown trout caught by Ralph Valentine on the Au Sable River 


Please pack very light. It will give you more floor space from which to cast.

Take your time and drive safely. If you are a bit late, don't worry. We will just fish later. Keep your cell phone and watch in your car to keep them safe and dry.
Eat a good meal just before your fishing trip begins.


Catch and release fishing only - No exceptions, unless it's a mermaid (Hey, I'm single)


Keith Moore's 22 inch Brown Trout


No alcohol or tobacco products on trip.

Children 12 and older only

We must all wear a very small "belt buckle size" co2 "pull cord" style life belt around our waist. I have larger life vests on board...your choice. 


Native Brookies on a dry fly. July fishing is fantastic! 
Catch 20+ fish on a trip (8"-12" range with an occasional 14").
Call for details.

Note: After fishing this undisclosed stream please do not reveal its location so future generations can enjoy this fishery.



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