Availability & Rates for 2022

Availability & Rates – 2022

Most all guided fishing trips are booked in advance (some a year or more) and secured with a deposit.  Spring steelhead, fall salmon, fall steelhead and early summer streamer/dry fly trout fishing dates are the most sought-after.   As a result, these are booked well in advance, 4-6 months out is more common than not.  The daily rate is for up to two anglers per boat, however 3 person trips are not uncommon, but time of year, species of fish and equipment of choice often dictates 3 person trips. There is an additional charge for a third angler.  For more than 3 anglers, multiple boat outings are common and I enlist the services of other, full time guides that I’ve done trips for and with, over the past 2+ decades.  Following confirmation of your date(s) and requested number of guides, the appropriate deposit is sent in and once received, your date(s) are secured.  A full day is 8 hours on the water with lunch and soft beverages provided. A half day is 4 hours on the water and includes soft beverages. We provide all necessary equipment and tackle.  Not provided are a valid MI fishing license (expires March 31), appropriate apparel, polarized glasses/protective eyewear and gratuity, if you choose.

Cell: (616) 560-3195   jrbacon@ameritech.net


Full Day – $500 (1 or 2 anglers. 3rd person can be added for $100)
Half Day – $350 (1 or 2 anglers. 3rd person can be added for $75)
Please be sure and secure dates with me first.


Trout, Smallmouth Bass & Pike

Full Day – $450 (1 or 2 anglers. 3rd person can be added for $100)
Half Day – $300 (1 or 2 anglers. 3rd person can be added for $75)
Please be sure and secure dates with me first.


General Deposit

You can also elect to make a deposit for your trip below. Please be sure and secure dates with me first.

You will be asked to describe this deposit in the next step.

Postal Mail

If you prefer, you can mail me payment to the address listed below. Please make checks out to either “Jeff Bacon” -or- “On The Fly Guide Service”

Jeff Bacon
5388 E. Heathwood Dr. S.E.
Kentwood, MI

What is included:

  • U. S. C. G. Master Captain Jeff Bacon as your guide. (For multiple boat trips, other very qualified guides will be secured for their services.)
  • Fishing from the comfort of a 15′ Stealthcraft drift boat or 18′ Stealthcraft jet sled, when not wade fishing
  • Personal instruction and use to top quality equipment – feel free to bring any preferred/appropriate rod and reel.
  • Use of top quality fly fishing and light spin tackle equipment and soft beverages.
  • Grilled lunch included on full day trips.
  • All necessary tackle, line, tippet, terminal tackle & flies/lures.

What is not included:

  • Appropriate clothing for time of year and time of day you will be fishing.  Click: Weather for present conditions and W. MI forecast, pack accordingly.
  • Gratuity – A gratuity (tip) is a tradition in the guided fishing/fly fishing world.   Should you decide to “tip” your guide, do so based on effort and level of service, much like a restaurant.    A gratuity is for good service, effort and attention to details, not simply numbers of fish.
  • Camera, “billed” style hat and polarized sunglasses.  Due to the nature of such fishing with flies being cast in the air, protective eyewear HIGHLY recommended.
  • Valid Michigan fishing license – March 31 annual expiration date.   Under 17 years of age, no license required.  To purchase: www.mdnr-elicense.com/welcome.asp

Reservations, Deposit and Cancellation Policy:

A $225/day deposit is required to hold your reservation.  It can be processed with a credit card on this website or by sending a check to me by mail.  Full payment of both individual trips and groups outings with credit card subject to a 3% processing fee, which is added to the total amount processed.  Checks can be made out to either “Jeff Bacon” -or- “On The Fly Guide Service”.  Any outstanding balance will be paid at the end of the days fishing with check or cash.

Our cancellation policy is that you can cancel your reservation MORE than 30 days out from your scheduled outing without penalty.  If you cancel within 15 days, your deposit is forfeited.  If you cancel within 7 days of your reservation,  full payment for your trip is requested.  Deposits are not refundable and only transferrable due to extreme weather conditions such as road closing blizzards in the winter, river closing floods in the spring and extreme storms of summer with recorded and forecasted lightning.  We fish in the rain, fish don’t know….they’re already wet !