John Karakashian, Baldwin Bait & Tackle, Michigan

I have been fishing my whole life and began fly fishing the rivers of Michigan in the early 1990’s. At that time, I was in college at Western Michigan University and made frequent visits to Michigan’s Northwest Rivers in search of Steelhead, Salmon and Trout. Over those years, my addiction took root and I began logging more and more days on the rivers. As a result, in 2002, I began guiding on the Pere Marquette & Muskegon and quickly learned that guiding is extremely enjoyable and gratifying. In 2004, I was asked to join the Guide staff at BBT and have thoroughly enjoyed the experiences. Some of my fondest memories have been on the river and I look forward to all the good times yet to come. My fly fishing addiction has taken me to Alaska five times, several trips to the Florida Keyes, Belize, Colorado and Wyoming.

In my opinion, Northwest Michigan holds some of the best year round fly fishing opportunities in the country (migratory Steelhead and Salmon, year round trout fishing and some world renowned hatches). I love working spey rods for steelhead, stripping streamers for trout, dredging deep pools for aggressive kings and most of all dry fly fishing. I like instructing clients on their techniques, as well as learning new tricks from them. The most rewarding aspects of guiding for me is slipping the net under someone’s first species (or the fish of a lifetime) and taking in that contagious enthusiasm. I also spend countless hours tying flies for every situation I might face on the rivers.

Please join me for a day on the river and see for yourself how exciting, yet relaxing, the experience can be.

Later & Fish-On!
John Karakashian