Guided Float Trips On The Finest Rivers In Northern Michigan

Streamside's guided fly fishing trips take you to the best rivers Northern Michigan has to offer.  Our home water is the Au Sable River in North East Michigan.   We also offer trips in North West Michigan on the Betsie, Platte, Manistee, Jordan, Sturgeon and a few others.  There is no better way to fly fish Michigan rivers than by floating them in one our comfortable river boats.  You'll be perched high above the water, running down a beautiful river with a perfect shot at every spot a trophy Trout, Steelhead, Salmon or Smallmouth might be!

         Big Waters of the Au Sable River



 Au Sable River Steelhead Au Sable River Streamer Fly Fishing

We offer fly fishing float trips for all four seasons in Nothern Michigan for Trout, Steelhead, Smallmouth Bass and Salmon.  Our home river is the Au Sable River and it offers excellent fly fishing for trophy Brown Trout, Steelhead and Smallmouth Bass.  We also float a number of other rivers throughout Northern Michigan -  the waters we fish will be chosen based on time of year, water conditions and your species preferences.  Our river boats hold 1 or 2 anglers and arrange trips for larger groups with multiple boats and guides.  Typically are float trips are 8-10 hours and we provide a fine grilled shore meal along with all of the equipment needed.

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 Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass Betsie River and Platte River Salmon




The Au Sable River
Mio to Alcona

Au Sable River fly fishing 

The Au Sable River from Mio Dam to Alcona is approx. 30 miles of trophy Trout water. The river is 100-150 feet wide with an average depth of 4 feet. The river has a medium gradient with deep riffles and pools that will float your hat! More trophy trout come from this stretch of the AuSable than all other Michigan rivers combined. The Trophy Waters from Mio to Mckinnly is open year round to trout fishing.  Streamer fishing for trophy browns is best in Spring (April/May) and in the fall (Oct-Dec)

There are several major hatches:

  • Hendrickson (late-April/early-May)

  • Brown Drake (late-May/mid-June)

  • Isonychia (mid-June)

  • Hexagenia Limbata (mid-June/early-July)

  • White Fly, Ephron (late-August)

Au Sable River trout photos






The Au Sable River
Alcona Dam to Foote Dam

AuSable River Smallmouth Fly Fishing 

Smallmouth bass becomes the fish of choice throughout the warm months of July and August.  This is one of the most scenic and under-fished stretches of the Au Sable.  Where else can an angler catch two dozen smallies with a chance at a trophy trout on the same trip?

This is also great Hex water. We offer an overnight trip to fish the Hex at night and smallmouth the next day.

Au Sable River Smallmouth Bass photos 



The AuSable River
Foote Dam to Oscoda, Michigan on Lake Huron

Au Sable River Steelhead 

The last stretch of the AuSable from Foote Dam to Lake Huron  is most famous for its great Steelhead and Salmon fishing.   AuSable steelhead are in the river 8 months of the year.  Spring time gets the biggest run of fish - peak time is March, April and early May.  In the fall Salmon first show up in Sept. and early Oct.  Steelhead follow with peak months being Oct. and Nov.

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Lake Huron
Shore line and river mouths

Fly Fishing Lake Huron Shoreline 

November/December in the fall and April/May in the spring are great months for fly fishing around the shore line of Lake Huron and the river mouths.  This time of year you never know what you might find - Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout or even a big Walleye.  These fish are all looking for bait fish and will hit streamers very hard.  Fish long sink tips and large bait fish patterns this time of year.  Places to try on Lake Huron are mouth of the AuSable River, Singing Bridge, Tawas Bay, Harrisville Harbor, mouth of the Thunder Bay River and the mouth of the Ocqueoc River.

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Betsie River

Betsie River fly fishing King Salmon 

Interested in fresh Salmon?  Come float the Betsie River, near Traverse City, with us in late August and throughout Septempber.  This is the best river Salmon fishing I have seen in the Great Lakes region!

March is steelhead time on the Betsie.  This is probably the hottest river during this time of year, with good numbers of fish and wonderful solitude.  

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Night Time For Trophy Brown Trout - Hex Hatch & Mousing

Hex Hatch and Night Time Mousing 

The heat of summer June, July and August - night time is the time for big brown trout!  It all starts in June with night time dry fly fishing on the Brown Drake, Iso and Hex Hatch.  Once these hatches are over in mid Julu then its time to break out our mouse patterns and surface streamers.

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Lake Huron Shoreline Carp & Smallmouth Bass 

Lake Huron fly fishing for carp 

Lake Huron shoreline is great place to fly fish for Carp starting in mid May thru June.  Our favorite place is on the flats of Tawas Bay.  During this same time frame there can also be some excellent Smallmouth Bass fly fishing.  We offer half day trips and full day trips.

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