The Pere Marquette River Lodge has one of the most personable guide staffs in the Midwest. They love to teach and watch others catch fish as much as they love to fish themselves. Our guides are licensed, insured as well as federally & state permitted. Give us the opportunity to provide you the best possible destination fishing expereince. If there is specific guide you would like to fish with please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Although there are no guarantees

 

2 person full day is $415. Includes lunch/dinner, gear and all flies

3 person full day is $540. Includes lunch/dinner, gear and all flies.  Please confirm with the lodge that this is possible based upon the guide and the boat.

2 person half day is $300. Includes snack, beverages, gear and all flies.  There are no half day trips during peak season between September 1 – October 16 and March 14 – May 1.

 

All prices exclude guide gratuity.  Clients are responsible for their own rain gear, clothing and sunglasses.

$200 deposit required upon booking

Wader Rental is $45/day

Frank Willetts

Frank’s father taught him to fish at age two where he grew up on an all sports lake in Commerce Township. After which he began fly fishing on the Au Sable River where at his parents’ vacation home just below Mio on the Trophy waters of the Au Sable River. Then found the Pere Marquette River when he was attending Ferris State University. Frank’s love for this fable river never died. After working many years in the automotive business Frank and friends were able to return and purchase the Pere Marquette River Lodge. When not out on the river showing others how to fly fish he can be found working around the lodge. A true outdoorsman who enjoys archery and upland bird hunting with his Yellow English Lab “Orvis.”

Uber

Chris Raines 
The first time that Uber fished the Pere Marquette, he was a freshmen at Ferris State University and the teachers went on strike. Beer and pizza were in short supply in Big Rapids and the fabled Pere Marquette river was calling (conveniently located 20 miles to the west of campus). That was the fall of 1987, and the call of the river is stronger today than ever.

Uber loves teaching people how to fish the river and his passion is contagious.   As a father of four, he also has a knack for teaching kids to fish. Although the majority of his time is spent fly fishing, He does offer spin, centerpin and back plugging fishing trips as well.

Guiding on the river 12 months of the year, he is familiar with the resident fish as well as the migratory runs. Stripping streamers, floating dry flies both day and night, waking mice, floating indicators, nymphing and swinging flies are some of the types of techniques that he employs.

Devon

Devon has been an avid fisherman for over 20 years and started fly fishing over 12 years ago. He got his start in fly fishing on Au Sable River in Grayling during the summers.  His love for the sport grew even more when his family became members of the Pere Marquette Rod and Gun Club, which is located on three miles of the Pere Marquette River.  His passion for fly fishing followed him through college where he achieved a bachelors degrees in Business and Marketing. During college he was the treasurer of the student chapter of Trout Unlimited.  He’s been professionally guiding on the Pere Marquette River for over five years now.

Freshwater fishing takes up most of his time but he is very enthusiastic about saltwater fishing.  He spent three summers guiding in Alaska and realized that he missed summer time trout and smallmouth fishing in Michigan.  Speaking of smallmouth, Deveon will also guide on the Muskegon for these bronze bombers.

He is a huge streamer fanatic and could throw streamers 360 days a year.  Fly tying is also one of his biggest passions; he also enjoys teaching fly tying as well. He is qualified to instruct in fly casting, fly tying and rod set up.  He has a laid back personality with a competitive side. His goal for our clients is to provide the experience they desire. For example; some want a high volume of fish while others want to wait for that trophy fish; others want a nice float on the river while improving their casting skills. He can customize each trip for the desired adventure. With every client his ultimate goal is to provide an unforgettable experience, while watching clients enjoy spending time on the water. He looks forward to fishing with you.

His favorite saying is “remember the wind is your friend!”

Casey

Casey walked into the fly shop one day with a plat map, four friends and a whole bunch of legal questions in regard to access of public water surrounded by private land.  He started working behind the counter when he was 14 and has been guiding for lodge since 2011.  Casey is very knowledgeable on the hatches, technique, and the gear needed to catch fish.

Kyle

The first time Kyle stepped foot in the PM, he was in 4th grade. After experiencing the raw power of the mighty steelhead, he was hooked. The following fall, he landed his first king and the deal was sealed. Throughout high school every meager pay check was immediately put into his gas tank to get to and from the river to pursue the migratory species as well as the resident brown trout of the Pere Marquette. After graduating high school, he spent the following 5 summers guiding in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska. After he honed his guiding skills up north, he finally went all-in and got a house in Baldwin with his girlfriend (now his wife and she still out fishes him regularly) to begin his guiding career in Michigan. From fooling giant browns on the Au Sable to wrestling smallmouth on the Muskegon to tailing a hot fall steelhead on the PM, Kyle has experienced a lot of what this great state has to offer in terms of fly fishing opportunities. His unrivaled patience and laid back attitude makes him a delight with clients. He is great with introducing new-comers to the sport and putting seasoned fly anglers on the big ones.

Griffen a.k.a. (Fry Jack)

Griffen originally came to the lodge via a steelhead guide trip with me. Throughout the trip Griffen explained that he was going to Western Michigan for a degree in Parks & Recreation and wanted to pursue a career in the lodging/guide service industry. By the end of the trip I offered young Griffen a job in the fly shop. After learning a few tricks from a few of veteran lodge guides and staff, as well as being nick named “Fry Jack” he quickly found his footing and became apart of the entire culture of the Pere Marquette watershed. His upbringings in Kalamazoo gave him a wealth of knowledge on smallmouth fishing and steelhead fishing on the Rogue, Grand and other area tributaries that had fish to pursue with a fly. Coming up to the PM opened up a whole new can of worms. Nocturnal trout chasing, swinging for steelhead with gaudy streamers and two-handed rods or steering big kings to the net meshes, Fry Jack has quickly learned the ways of the PM’s local inhabitants.

So poof, in a nut shell he’s now a guide. given a shot you won’t be disappointed.

Ryan

Ryan grew up fishing in Michigan on the Thornapple and Grand Rivers in Ada. He studied and graduated from MSU with a BS in fisheries and wildlife management and then wandered the country for awhile only to settle back down in western Michigan.   Almost 20 years ago, with little more than a heart beat, a boat and a used set of oars, he began guiding on the Pere Marquette River.

For the past 10 years he has been guiding in Alaska’s Katmai National Park during the summer months.

Aside from the Pere Marquette, Ryan also fishes the Manistee, Muskegon, White and the Grand river systems. So whether its fall steelhead, summertime bass and pike fishing on the Grand River, to even a trophy Artic Char or Rainbow he is your guide.

As an avid fly tier he teaches classes year round while also having a private lake in his backyard, so a casting lesson is just a short walk out the door. Ryan can work with the most seasoned fly fisherman or new comers to the sport.

His wife and four daughters all love to fish so teaching comes naturally him.   He looks forward to meeting new people and spending the day on the water.