Hawkins Outfitters, MI
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter in Traverse City, Michigan
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Sample of Typical Itinerary
Hawkins Outfitters offers single-day trips or trips of any duration that you desire. You are typically with our guides for 8-9 hours after meeting him at an easy-to-identify location.
Our operation on the Garden River First Nation in the fall has three day trips. Please see our website for more information on the Garden River.
In conjunction with my partner Martin Carranza of Chime Lodge, we offer week-long trips to Patagonia in Argentina in Jan-March every year.
What Should Customers Bring?
The customer needs to bring their own personal stuff such as sunglasses, rain gear, sunscreen etc.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. At what age can a child start to fly fish?
A. Most kids can pick up basic casting skills and catch panfish around the age of 5.
Q. How far in advance do I need to book my trip?
A. Prime-time steelhead trips for the fall need to be booked by June most years. Prime bug hatches in the month of June are usually full by spring. If you are date-specific in a prime time, earlier is better.
Q. I’ve never Spey cast. Can I still catch steelhead?
A. Yes, we have single-handed rod techniques that will get you hooked up on steelhead.
Q. Do you have accommodations?
A. No, we like to move around and fish a variety of waters depending on species and time of year. We do provide you with a list of housing options when you book a trip with us.
Q. How many days should I fish?
A. That depends on your schedule, ability, and desire. We suggest a minimum of two days if you are traveling a distance or learning a new technique.
Species You Fish for by Season
Michigan has fish that can be caught by fly anglers 12 months a year. Steelhead are available most years from mid-September until the following April, with prime time being October and November, followed closely by December through March. Resident trout fishing runs from late April through November with May and June being prime time. Salmon start showing in August most years and hang around through October.
Small- and largemouth bass, bluegills, pike, and other warmwater species are pursued successfully from May to October in both lakes and rivers. Carp and smallmouth on the Lake Michigan bays are prime in early June.
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