Frequently Asked Questions
We cover a lot of different watersheds in the Tip of the Mitt! We cover waters such as the Boyne River, Jordan River, Sturgeon River, Pigeon River, Black River, Maple River, Manistee River, and Lake Michigan. Due to the plethora of opportunities, we fish the best water for that time of year.
Everyone should always bring a camera, hat, sunglasses, insect repellent & sunscreen, and rain gear. During cold weather, please dress appropriately with layered clothing.
All of our trips include the necessary gear to enjoy your day on the water! Guides will provide rods and reels based on the targeted species and techniques, and will all the accessories as well. We offer a Simms waders rental program for $25/day.
All of our trips include snacks to enjoy throughout the day. Furthermore, our full day floats, walk & wade adventures, and private-access trips include your choice of a mouthwatering grilled shore lunch to enjoy some of the finer things in life, or a box lunch with several choices of wraps if you wish to focus more time on fishing.
Non-alcoholic beverages and water are included with all guided trips. If you wish to sip whiskey out of an ol' tin cup or have a glass of wine with your grilled shore lunch, you must provide your own alcohol. Alcoholic beverages may be purchased prior to your trip from the Mountain Express Deli & Provisions, the Made in Michigan store, and several other locations at Boyne Mountain Resort.
Tipping is very much appreciated. Twenty percent of the trip price is a standard gratuity.
Our trip prices do not include flies and we use an a-la-carte system for flies. The flies that work are constantly changing and it is important to have the right flies each day.
Catching fish is never guaranteed. The number of fish landed varies with conditions and angler ability. Our professional fly fishing guides do their best to put you on as many fish as possible on every trip.
We guide anglers of every ability and age level. Beginners are welcome! All of our guides are adept at teaching novices how to fly fish.
There are no specific age restrictions. Every child is an individual case. Most kids are ready to learn between 8 and 10 years old.
You must purchase a fishing license if you are 17 years of age or older to fish. If you are under 17, you may fish without a license, but you are required to observe all fishing rules and regulations. 24-hours, 72-hour, and annual license are available at our fly shop or online.
Float trips involve fishing from a drift boat or raft and offer access to miles of water unreachable by wade fishermen. Wade trips give anglers the time to thoroughly work the water at a relaxing pace. Both can be enjoyed by beginners or experts alike.
Exclusive waters such as the Everett Kircher Preserve or Hidden River Golf & Casting Club offer solitude and unpressured trout. In some cases, larger than average trout are available. Competition with other anglers is never a problem. Our private-access waters are open from the last Saturday in April through September 30th.
We fish every month of the year and the fishing can be great all year long. Fantastic dry fly fishing is found May through September. Autumn offers beautiful fall colors, salmon fishing and chasin' brown trout with streamers. Spring offers chances at hungry trout as well as chrome steelhead during their spring migration. Winter offers opportunities at nymph fishing winter trout on uncrowded rivers.
Unfortunately, we cannot control the weather; luckily the fish don't tend to mind a little drizzle or snow. Therefore, we fish in all weather conditions except those that the guide determines to be dangerous. Weather in northern Michigan can change extremely quickly so please be prepared and dress for all weather. Layering is very important. Please check the local forecast before your trip.
Reservations are encouraged a minimum 72 hours in advance for guided trips, however we will do our best to accommodate trips with less notice. A credit card is required to confirm your reservation. A $175.00 deposit s required for your reservation and is non-refundable nor transferable. All guided trips have a 14 day cancellation policy. If cancelled prior to 14 days, only the deposit is withheld. If the trip is cancelled within 14 days of the reserved date and the guide cannot be rebooked, we reserve the right to retain payment for the full trip amount.
Catch and release is a commendable and necessary practice that benefits us and future generations. Without catch and release, some fisheries would simply not survive, so conscientious anglers strictly follow rules requiring the practice. Most of our fisheries depend on wild reproduction, so we do our best to help nature continue this. Therefore, all Boyne Outfitters trips are catch & release fishing only.
If you cannot find an answer to the questions you have in regards to our fly fishing trips, send us an email or give us a call! We are happy to answer your questions and help make your time on the water more enjoyable!