“Join Us In The Summer Of 2014 On Beaver Island, Michigan.
Two Three FIVE Groups To Choose From- Two July Groups Just Added!”
In 2013 we had a great group of people from as far as Wyoming to Maryland. Everyone did a great job and were a lot of fun to not only fish with, but to spend time with. We have been extremely lucky to have such great people attend our outings. Many had never touched a 9wt and have never even tried to fish for carp. The results? Everyone got on the board with a carp as well as some REALLY nice incidental smallmouth. The common thread among each person? Each said they would without a doubt return to the island to fish. In fact, one of last years participants had such a great time, he is hosting a group in June of 2014! These really are addicting fish to target.
Here are some pictures from our 2013 outing:
Beaver Island and Indigo Guide Service have both been featured on a variety of local and national media outlets. Shows like In-Fisherman TV and Conway Bowman’s TV Show, ‘Fly Fishing The World’. Be sure to check your local listings for each of these shows, but in the meantime, check out the trailers below:
Fly Fishing The World Trailer:
In-Fisherman TV Trailer:
Not only is the fishing fantastic, the island is a great place too. A small community of only 600 full time residents swells to thousands of visitors over the summer months all without getting too ‘touristy’. The island boasts of a handful of great restaurants and bars that all offer great food, a fantastic grocery store that surprisingly had everything we needed some of the nicest people you will ever meet.
While Beaver Island is pretty remote, there is a daily ferry schedule as well as air options to get to the island with ease. The ferry ride takes about two hours and is easy to book. No reservations required unless you are taking your vehicle (no need to for this trip). The 25 minute plane ride in is surprisingly affordable (at around $95 roundtrip) and gives you an outstanding view of the island coming in, just make sure your camera is charged for the flight!
We only have room for six anglers per group and we already have participants from last season re-booking. There will be two anglers per boat, but feel free to book individually. Almost everyone that attends these outings book solo and everyone has had a great time. If you and your favorite fishing buddy want to come up, we will make sure you two are paired together each day.
Your trip will include lodging at The Fisherman’s House, only a 30 second walk to the bakery/deli where we will meet for breakfast each morning, this is next door to the only grocery store on the island. The home features four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a full kitchen, a nice sun porch and a wrap around deck where we spend the evenings trading fish stories. You are also only three blocks to where we launch the boats. The perfect location.
The trip includes guided fishing with Indigo Guide Service. There are only a small list of guides that I can recommend without hesitation and Indigo is on that list. These guys have cracked the code for big carp on the fly and you will learn a lot fast. You will not find a better trio of carp fishing guides, they are the best. Even if you have never sight fished big fish on the fly, Kevin, Steve and Austin will get you going in no time. Most that come up are trout or bass anglers looking for something different. If that is you, you are in for a treat. There really is nothing like this available in freshwater.
Here’s what is included:
- 3 nights lodging
- 2 ½ days of guided fishing with Indigo Guide Service
- Breakfast at the deli (hot breakfast, juice and coffee)
- Lunch is provided by the guides (sandwiches and wraps ‘to-go’ from the deli for an on the water lunch)
- Bottled water provided by the guides
- Day 1 ‘Meet and Greet BBQ’ with all participants and guides
- Unlimited pre-trip advice and individual assistance on the island
- Fly rod, reels, flies, leader, tippet (guides have it all, but bring your own if you want)
- Evening fly tying demos with your guides and host
Here is what is NOT included:
- Transportation to and from Beaver Island, Michigan
- Michigan fishing license
- Waders and boots
- Rain gear
- Polarized sunglasses (a MUST for sight fishing!)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Dinner on Day 2 & 3
$799 per angler
Here is what you can expect once you arrive on the island:
Day 1: Arrive on the island via plane or ferry. Make sure to plan your arrival for after 2pm (I will help you every step of the way to get on the island) You will be met at the airport or dock where you will be driven to the Fisherman’s House. This is a great time to unpack, get settled in and take a stroll around town. Around 6:30pm we will all meet back at the Fisherman’s House for the BBQ. Your guides will join us to talk about what to expect and answer any questions you have. After dinner, we will get gear and everything ready for the morning.
Day 2: At 7-8am, we will all walk a block down the street to the Dalwhinnie Bakery and Deli for breakfast. They have great breakfast options like bacon and eggs, omelets, muffins, bagels, juice and coffee to choose from (get what you want, it is included!). After breakfast, you will pick out your lunch from the deli and we will hit the water for the day. This is a full day of fishing. Lunch will be served on the water and your guides will have bottled water. After a full day of fishing you will be dropped off at the Fisherman’s House where you can unwind for the day.
Dinner is up to you, but there are plenty of options on the island. Feel free to join the guides and me. There is also an excellent grocery store only a block away if you would like to prepare something in the full kitchen. If there is interest, we will have a fly tying demo in the evening.
Day 3: Day 3 is the exact same as Day 2. We meet for a hot breakfast then hit the water for the day. Back to the Fisherman’s House to decide on where to eat and more time to hang out with the other participants and your guides if you choose.
Day 4: Your last day on the island starts just like the last two. Meet for breakfast, then you will hit the water for a half day of fishing with your guide. After noon we will wrap up the fishing and head back to the Fisherman’s House to pack up. Since we have groups coming in, you will need to schedule departure or your alternate lodging no later than 2:30pm on your last day. We will drive you to either the airport or ferry dock for departure.
2014 Group Dates:
Group 1: June 15th-18th
ARRIVE: After 2pm on Sunday June 15th
FISH: Monday, June 16th
FISH: Tuesday, June 17th
FISH/DEPART: Wednesday, June 18th
Group 2: June 18th-21st
ARRIVE: After 2pm on Wednesday, June 18th
FISH: Thursday, June 19th
FISH: Friday, June 20th
FISH/DEPART: Saturday, June 21st
Group 3: June 21st-24th
ARRIVE: After 2pm on Saturday, June 21st
FISH: Sunday, June 22nd
FISH: Monday, June 23rd
FISH/DEPART: Tuesday, June 24th
SMALLMOUTH season officially opens July 1st and there are MONSTERS lurking in Lake Michigan. The guides have had clients put numerous 5-6lb smallies in the boat each year have have put 7-8lb fish to a scale. It is hard to avoid smallies in June (the hang with the carp in many spots) but in July we get to target them. They love topwater and the best part is, that you see everything. It is all sight fishing. The July groups should be right on the money with both carp and smallmouth.
Group 4: July 5th-8th
ARRIVE: After 2pm on Saturday, July 5th
FISH: Sunday, July 6th
FISH: Monday, July 7th
FISH/DEPART: Tuesday, July 8th
Group 5: July 8th-July 11th
ARRIVE: After 2pm on Tuesday, July 8th
FISH: Wednesday, July 9th
FISH: Thursday, July 10th
FISH/DEPART: Friday, July 11th
How to Reserve Your Spot or Have Questions?
If you have any questions, or if you would like to reserve your spot, please do not hesitate to contact me. The form below will alert me to a question/comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible. In order to reserve your spot, a $350 deposit made out to Indigo Guide Service is required. Please contact me with your desired dates so I can check availability.
Once you hear there are spots open, please send deposit to:
Indigo Guide Service
P.O. Box 93
Walhalla, MI 49458
This is a non-refundable, but transferable deposit. That means that if you need to cancel, you can use that deposit for other dates with Indigo Guide Service (carp, steelhead, salmon) for up to one year after the deposit was mailed in.
If you are interested in single day dates, or other dates, please let me know. I would be more than happy to talk to you about setting up a trip to Beaver Island and will get you in contact with Indigo to reserve your dates.