Please see the Fishing Reports section of our website for detailed information about where and how we fish, and for which species we fish.
Wolfe Outfitters' guide service runs half-day and full-day guided trips. Half-day trips last three to four hours on the water. Full-day trips last five to ten hours on the water. The average full-day lasts eight hours on the water, though the duration of each trip is tailored to the needs of our clients. Depending on where we are fishing, the travel time to and from the water will vary from ten minutes to ninety minutes each way. Please see the Rivers page to get geographically oriented.
Guides will pick up their clients at Crystal Mountain, or at a location arranged between guide and clients prior to the trip.
Wolfe Outfitters' guides provide all the tackle, flies, lures, and other fishing equipment you'll need. We welcome you to bring your own equipment, as well. Wolfe Outfitters' guides also provide snacks and non-alcoholic drinks for half-day trips. For full-day trips, guides provide meals, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. If you have any dietary restrictions, please discuss them with your guide prior to the trip.
You'll need to bring weather-appropriate clothing including rain gear, even if the forecast doesn't call for it. Dress in layers so that you can adjust to any changes in the weather. Michigan weather is notoriously fickle. You should also bring sunscreen, a hat, polarized sunglasses, a camera, and any personal items you might need, such as medication.
Most guide trips are run out of a boat, so waders are not always necessary, but they are a good to have on-hand. We sometimes use the boats just to get to the good fishing spots and then fish while wading in the river. Consult your guide before your trip to determine if you'll need waders. If you don't own them, please inform your guide so that arrangements can be made. Wading trips are done in the warmer months of the year, and can be done either with waders or as a wet-wading style without waders. We recommend Gore-Tex waders for their superior breathability and lack of bulk when wading, especially during summer months.
Wolfe Outfitters is fully insured, and is licensed and permitted to run guide trips by the State of Michigan, the US Forest Service, and the US Coast Guard. Please see the About Wolfe Outfitters page for more information about our guides.
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Clinics & Classes
Wolfe Outfitters runs fly casting, and fly fishing clinics and classes at Crystal Mountain on a regular basis during the summer. Please call Crystal Mountain to inquire about our free clinic times and availability. Private two-hour classes can also be scheduled. Beginner to experienced technique-specific lessons are available. Please call 231-378-2000 ext. 7010 or toll free at 800-968-7686 ext. 7010.
Off-site classes and clinics for groups can also be arranged. Please Contact Wolfe Outfitters for options and pricing.
Equipment will be provided for clinics and classes, however, please feel free to bring your own rigged fly rod and reel.
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Prices for guided trips include local transportation to and from your lodging, food and drinks, all fishing tackle, and the guide's expertise and great attitude. Gratuities to the guide are not included in the prices below.
Half-day, 3-4 hours on the water, up to 2 people: $325
Full-day, 5-10 hours on the water, up to 2 people: $400
Add 3rd person to either half-day or full-day: $100
Please consult with your guide before booking to discuss possible limitations caused by adding a 3rd person. We will make every effort to be accommodating, but adding a 3rd person in some situations may not be possible.
Wolfe Outfitters and Crystal Mountain also offer excellent fishing and lodging packages.
If you're interested in learning more about tipping fishing guides, check out this in-depth article at MidCurrent.com: How to Tip Fishing Guides and Lodges
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Wolfe Outfitters reserves the right to retain your trip deposit or 50% of the trip cost at our discretion if a trip is cancelled within 21 days of its scheduled date without rescheduling. We understand that things arise which may not be avoidable, and we try to work with each customer in these cases. Wolfe Outfitters has multiple guides that work for the company, and we need to be fair to each guide, as a last minute cancellation may be difficult to rebook. Wolfe Outfitters also reserves the right to cancel or postpone trips at ours and/or our guides' discretion if there is unsafe weather or unfishable conditions. Our customers' safety is our top priority, and we will try our best to reschedule trips when Mother Nature forces us off of the water.
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