Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide 15 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Werkman Outfitters

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Outfitter


Phone icon(616) 502-4899 Email iconguides@werkmanoutfitters.com Link iconwerkmanoutfitters.com
Grand Rapids, MI

  • Smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, and steelhead
  • Fish Michigan's largest and longest river
  • We pride ourselves in showing our clients that the Grand River is a viable, urban-fishing corridor
  • Rates start from $350
  • We fish all year, as long as the river does not freeze during the winter months

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The Story

Enlist the services of the Orvis-endorsed guides at Werkman Outfitters on your fly-fishing trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2016, Tom Werkman started Werkman Outfitters with two goals in mind: The first was to weave a common thread through his and his son Max’s life. He believed that together they could push each other to become better anglers, better guides, and better business owners. The second goal was to help people see that the Grand River is a viable fishing corridor and to bring to light the environmental challenges it has overcome, and the challenges that remain. Since then, they have guided hundreds of clients from all over the United States and well beyond. They pride themselves on building lasting relationships, curating memorable experiences, and advocating for the environmental health of the Grand River and its tributaries.

Provided equipment includes rods, reels, leaders, and flies. Lunch and drinks are provided on full-day trips, light snacks and drinks on half-day trips. You will need a valid Michigan fishing license and sunglasses. Transportation: The are no spotting services on the rivers we fish. If a car spot is needed, we will need your help in spotting a car. At most, round trip time from boat launch to boat launch is 20 minutes. Gear Recommendations: For bass fishing, 7 wt. or 8 wt., 9-foot rod works best. Floating lines and intermediate sink tips are needed with 0X leaders. For steelhead, 7 wt.,10-foot rods with floating line work best.

The Grand River is Michigan's longest river and second-largest drainage system. Its story is one of ruin to recovery. The river has many rocky shoals, logjams, and river grasses that hold fish. Depending on the time of year, we will either fish downtown Grand Rapids under the skyscrapers and fast-paced rapids or on the quieter, slower moving, more remotes sections of the Grand.

Rates start from $350.

You can find pricing information at https://werkmanoutfitters.com/payment/

Are there additional activities?

Grand Rapids is known as Beer City, USA. It has numerous breweries and restaurants. In addition, it has many fine hotels right downtown along the river.

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