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Ever taken a muskie on a topwater lure? Are you addicted to smallmouth bass fishing?? Then you need
to fish with Jeff Joseph at Hemlock River Guide Service. You simply will not find a friendlier, more
knowledgeable guide than Jeff. Let him introduce you to the little-known, underfished rivers of the Upper
Peninsula. They are teeming with chunky smallmouth bass and aggressive muskies.
Most Great Lakes area anglers have spent many days fishing lakes - but NEVER tried the rivers. Several
years ago I started exploring UP rivers, and was amazed to find little if any angling pressure. And even
more amazing was the size and numbers of smallmouth bass and muskies I found. Remember the talk
among muskie anglers about "ten thousand casts per fish"?? That old addage is mostly true with lake
fishing, but doesn't apply in the rivers Jeff fishes. In our most recent outings, we raised several muskies
a day, and hooked about one-third of those we saw. Jeff knows the rivers of the UP, and when and where
to fish them.
Jeff specializes in my favorite technique of topwater angling, with spinning rods, baitcasters or flyrods.
And he uses a couple different styles of boats, depending on river conditions.
Whether you're a veteran angler or beginner - or have caught a ton of these 2 favorite species, or have
just laid awake at night dreaming about them - go spend a day or two on the water with Jeff. And just
like me, you'll be hooked on chasing smallmouth and muskies in the wild and beautiful rivers of the UP.
My wife and I recently hired Jeff to guide us for
muskies and smallmouth bass in the U.P. (one of
the most wonderful places on earth.) I've been
fishing the U.P. for 30 years, but Jeff took us to
some amazingly beautiful places that I hadn't
found. The fishing was fantastic! In one half day,
we raised 16 muskies! I've fished with guides and
charters in Wisconsin, Michigan, Washington, and
Costa Rica. Some of them were great. Jeff was
the best I've fished with though. He's intelligent,
personable and hard-working and he knows the
rivers. Five stars!
Jeff - Thanks for the twice in a lifetime fishing trips
last Saturday and Tuesday. My son Jim went from
a never-fished-for-muskies to an expert in one day.
His buddy cannot believe 4 muskies landed,
another one lost as well as the strikes he had.
Forget Hayward. The Tuesday trip was even better
as far as I was concerned. How often do we have a
muskie and a 19 inch smallmouth on at the same
time, land them both, take pictures and release
them all in the first ten minutes of fishing. Jerry
and I think we caught 40-50 smallies on wacky
worms, surface lures, stick baits and everything
else we tried. All this was accomplished while you
tutored us on logging, wildlife and reading the
rivers. Thanks again for the continuous highlight
reel of what wilderness fishing in the U.P. is like.
Jim Haran the tenderfoot from Chicago
I have booked a fair number of guides in
Wisconsin, Florida, Mexico, and the Bahamas; and
found out for myself how the quality of the guide
service and the personality of the guide makes all
the difference in the world when it comes to
having an enjoyable day of fishing. Here's a quick
comparison between Hemlock River Guide Service
and some of my other experiences:
Some guides can sometimes bully the client into
fishing the way they want. I tried switching lures
once, and a Florida guide said, "No, stick with this
one - it's idiot-proof". Jeff understands that it is
YOUR TRIP, and will let you fish however you
want. He'll put you on the fish. He'll make
suggestions, but it's all up to you. That's how I like
Some guides care more about babying their
boat/gear than the client's fishing success. I
actually once had a guide who made me take my
shoes off to get on his precious boat! Jeff will take
you where the fish are, and if that means his boat
bangs into some rocks getting through some
skinny water, then his boat will bang into some
Some guides provide inferior rods, reels, or lures.
Old line that comes off the reel in twists/coils and
lures with half the paint missing are surprisingly
common. The tackle Jeff provides is top notch, and
you know muskies aren't very easy on lures.
Anyway, the important thing is we caught a good
number of muskies and smallmouth fishing with
Jeff. It was so much fun to see my nephew catch
his first musky ever, then his second musky ever,
then his third.... And Jeff was such an enjoyable
guy to fish with, very knowledgeable and happy to
share info. Whether you want to fish hard all day,
or spend a leisurely day on an absolutely beautiful
stretch of river with some fishing mixed in, you
will have a great time with Jeff. I encourage you to
book a trip with him today.
I've known Jeff for over 30 years, and have had
the pleasure of fishing with him on dozens of trips
for almost all species of freshwater fish. Nobody
goes to greater lengths to find and put fish in the
boat than Jeff. He has the knowledge, experience
and patience to make a trip on the water both fun
If a quality float fishing trip for Musky or
Smallmouth Bass is what you are looking for, then
The Hemlock River Guide Service should be your
next booking. You will be certain to have a quality
fishing experience, have a great time and be
comfortable doing it.
If you want to experience some great fishing on
relatively unknown as well as known waters you
will find no one better than Jeff Joseph to guide
you and fish with. Jeff strives to see you enjoy
yourself and put fish in the boat! You experienced
anglers will also learn from Jeff, improving your
skills in an environment that is sure to please.
Later when the trip is a memory you will look back
upon it as a great experience with one of the best
fisherman you've had the pleasure to spend time
with on the water! Jeff is that kind of man,
fisherman and guide ---book the trip and enjoy!
As a father, taking my sons on a guided fishing trip
is about more than just catching fish; it is an
opportunity to spend memorable time together, to
have fun, and hopefully, to leave the day better
fishermen than when we started. We accomplished
all that and more on our day-long adventure with
Jeff Joseph of Hemlock River Guide Service.
Over the years, we have had guided fishing
experiences in some incredible locations around
the world. Our time with Jeff surpassed them all.
It was easily the best guided fishing experience
any of us have had.
We spent a day on some of the most picturesque
Upper Peninsula water we’ve ever seen. Jeff
floated us through miles of rivers literally
untouched by man. We did not encounter another
fishing boat the entire day. Jeff was exceedingly
patient with us (all first-time fly fishermen and
first-time muskie fishermen) and freely shared his
extensive knowledge of the water, the fish, and
strategies on how to catch the big ones.
Everything was top quality from the boats to the
fly gear to the casting rods and tackle. That each
of the boys caught massive muskies (not to
mention smallmouth bass, pike and a walleye of
all things!) was icing on the cake.
If you are looking for a fishing experience unlike
any other, with a top-notch guide, through some
of the most beautiful land on earth, on water full
of fish, book a trip with Jeff Joseph.
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Fishing Upper Michigan's Finest Rivers