“NOW BOOKING 2016! Our 2015 Group Had A Blast & We Are Headed Back In 2016. We’ve Got THREE Great Dates To Choose From”
Hello and thank you for visiting. My name is Evan, the one netting the fish in the above photo. I live in St. Louis, Missouri and work at a local fly shop (Feather-Craft Fly Fishing). For the last four years I have been hosting groups to Beaver Island, Michigan to target carp on the fly. What was going to be just a ‘one and done’ type trip, has turned into an annual event that I look forward to every year. The island is home to some of the nicest people you will ever meet, great weather and some of the best freshwater sight fishing in the states.
As usual, our 2015 groups had a great time on the island. This year was different than years past due to Lake Michigan being about 3-4 ft high, but the guys with Indigo Guide Service did not disappoint, plenty of fish were caught. But talk to anyone about Beaver Island and they will all tell you the same thing. It’s not just about the fishing, the island really is something you have to experience.
So much so, that we have guys that have made this an annual trip. I have been fortunate to get to know them and call them all friends. Take Greg for example. He is the one I am netting the fish for in the photo at the top of the page. Greg has eagerly booked every year we have had these group trips to Beaver Island. He loves it. In fact, Luis from Maryland, who has fished the island with us since the beginning is hosting our third group. He is a great angler and a lot of fun to hang out with.
In the coming weeks we will be posting pictures from 2015, but for now, take a look at a few from years past and take a moment to read a little about the trip. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to fill out the form at the bottom of the page and I will get back to you ASAP.
Thanks for reading,
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 great lakes carp 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
$899 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.
2016 Group Dates:
Saturday, June 11: CHECK-IN
Sunday, June 12: FISH
Monday, June 13: FISH
Tuesday, June 14: FISH/DEPART
Tuesday, June 14: CHECK-IN
Wednesday, June 15: FISH
Thursday, June 16: FISH
Friday, June 17: FISH/DEPART
Friday, June 17: CHECK-IN
Saturday, June 18: FISH
Sunday, June 19: FISH
Monday, June 20: FISH/DEPART
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. Just fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible. In order to reserve your spot, a $400 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.