A fishing guide is a person who is not tied to his own agenda, but a person whose purpose is to give you the best fishing experience possible.
River Marine Outfitters is the most raccoon-eyed, fish seeing, boat rowing, fly casting, gore-tex wearing, fish netting guide you'll ever find.
I have launched River Marine Outfitters, a small independent Fly Fishing outfitter based here in Manistee, with the goal of providing the best possible guide service in NW Michigan.
By doing this, I am able to utilize my affiliations with The Northern Angler fly shop in Traverse City, Michigan while simultaneously, maintaining my freedom to implement my own program. What does this mean to you? Simply put everything. First of all, the days of hidden costs associated with a day on the river are gone, everything but your fishing license is included: flies, tippets, leaders, lunches, transportation, and gear everything. You will not be given a fly bill, you will not pay for rental gear, you will not pay for shuttles, and you will only pay for the guide day. That is it. End of story.
Quality control, There is no shortage of fishing guides in Michigan, but only a select few have made my very short list. River Marine Outfitters is small, and I will keep it that way, in the event that I am booked, I have chosen the best guides in our area to represent me and my company. If the guides I work with are booked, I cannot and will not take your reservation. I will never put you with a boat jockey or in a boat with a guide that I would not hire myself.
More freedom and flexibility. Because River Marine Outfitters is not tied to a particular shop or "brick and mortar" location, we have the freedom to truly customize any itinerary, whether it be a day trip out of Manistee, or perhaps a road trip adventure. We can plan a trip to maximize your fishing and minimize the headaches that come with planning such a trip. We have unlimited possibilities within a short drive from our headquarters in Manistee, with most of our destinations within 45 minutes from downtown, and numerous others a bit further away. Two days on the Manistee, a day on the upper Manistee? Not a problem. You no longer have to try and work around guide schedules for different rivers and different parts of the state. Our knowledge, experience, and willingness to travel, guarantees that you will be in the right place at the right time.