Fly Fishing

Light Tackle

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The Guide

My name is Jeff Joseph. I was born in Wisconsin in 1959. After receiving a degree in Forest Management and Soils from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point I traveled north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to embark on what turned out to be a 30 plus year career as a forester. From the time I arrived in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) I was overwhelmed with the boundless opportunities available to fisherman. From the south shores of Lake Superior and Isle Royale to the islands of northern Lake Michigan and everything in between, I have spent most of my free time exploring, learning and fishing the great waters of the U.P. I have learned over the years that some of the most productive and consistent fishing waters in the U.P. are the tributary rivers that eventually feed the Great Lakes. Well away from the big lakes these rivers are fed by expansive watersheds. Due to the remoteness of the area, many stretches of these rivers have undeveloped access and are overlooked by most fishermen. Relatively small in size (300 to 1500 cfs summer flow) these rivers are heavily impacted by spring runoff (snowmelt) but stabilize nicely in the summer. I have found that Musky and Smallmouth Bass thrive in some portions of these rivers. Each river I fish has its own unique characteristics lending to their ability to produce a quality fishing experience. As a Michigan Licensed Guide with years of experience I would like to offer you the opportunity to experience some of the U.P’s finest rivers with me. For the Fly Fisherman, I offer guided float trips for Musky and Smallmouth Bass. If you are an experienced fly fisherman and want the ultimate challenge in the north, I’ve got a trip for you. Casting 8 and 9 wt. rods and large flies for musky is a lot of work but the rewards are great. I have specialized gear and tackle available to use or bring your own. Fly fishing from a drift boat for smallmouth is great fun too. Cast to mid-river rocks and overhanging trees holding hungry smallies. These aggressive fish will take top-water poppers as well as a stripped streamer. For The Light Tackle Fisherman, I offer guided Musky and Smallmouth float trips from one of my specialized boats. Stout rods, big baits and aggressive Musky make a recipe for a day of fun. I have matched rod and reel combinations specifically set up for these powerful fish. For the Smallmouth enthusiast, spend the day casting top-water baits to fish holding structure and experience the thrill of an explosive top-water strike. It’s hard to beat the fun and it’s a great way to spend a summer or fall day. I will supply quality spinning rods and reels and all the tackle or bring your own if you like. Again, I thank you for your interest. As your guide, you can trust I will be professional, work hard and do everything possible to make your experience with me a memorable one.

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Fly Fishing

Light Tackle

Copyright © 2024 Hemlock River Guide Service.

The Guide

My name is Jeff Joseph. I was born in Wisconsin in 1959. After receiving a degree in Forest Management and Soils from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point I traveled north to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to embark on what turned out to be a 30 plus year career as a forester. From the time I arrived in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) I was overwhelmed with the boundless opportunities available to fisherman. From the south shores of Lake Superior and Isle Royale to the islands of northern Lake Michigan and everything in between, I have spent most of my free time exploring, learning and fishing the great waters of the U.P. I have learned over the years that some of the most productive and consistent fishing waters in the U.P. are the tributary rivers that eventually feed the Great Lakes. Well away from the big lakes these rivers are fed by expansive watersheds. Due to the remoteness of the area, many stretches of these rivers have undeveloped access and are overlooked by most fishermen. Relatively small in size (300 to 1500 cfs summer flow) these rivers are heavily impacted by spring runoff (snowmelt) but stabilize nicely in the summer. I have found that Musky and Smallmouth Bass thrive in some portions of these rivers. Each river I fish has its own unique characteristics lending to their ability to produce a quality fishing experience. As a Michigan Licensed Guide with years of experience I would like to offer you the opportunity to experience some of the U.P’s finest rivers with me. For the Fly Fisherman, I offer guided float trips for Musky and Smallmouth Bass. If you are an experienced fly fisherman and want the ultimate challenge in the north, I’ve got a trip for you. Casting 8 and 9 wt. rods and large flies for musky is a lot of work but the rewards are great. I have specialized gear and tackle available to use or bring your own. Fly fishing from a drift boat for smallmouth is great fun too. Cast to mid- river rocks and overhanging trees holding hungry smallies. These aggressive fish will take top-water poppers as well as a stripped streamer. For The Light Tackle Fisherman, I offer guided Musky and Smallmouth float trips from one of my specialized boats. Stout rods, big baits and aggressive Musky make a recipe for a day of fun. I have matched rod and reel combinations specifically set up for these powerful fish. For the Smallmouth enthusiast, spend the day casting top-water baits to fish holding structure and experience the thrill of an explosive top-water strike. It’s hard to beat the fun and it’s a great way to spend a summer or fall day. I will supply quality spinning rods and reels and all the tackle or bring your own if you like. Again, I thank you for your interest. As your guide, you can trust I will be professional, work hard and do everything possible to make your experience with me a memorable one.
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