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Tommy Lynch, The Fish Whisperer

Baldwin, MI

The Fish Whisperer Guide Service, located in Baldwin Michigan and local to the famous Pere Marquette River, is one of Michigan’s PREMIER guide services. Tom Lynch, owner, with over 20 years of guiding experience, and almost 30 years of Fly Fishing under is belt, has stayed well ahead of the pack by becoming an innovator and not a follower all while being a great instructor which really is the backbone of being an Elite Fly Fishing Guide in Northern Michigan, or anywhere for that matter; ones ability to instruct and teach what they know of good fly fishing practice, not just being able to catch fish or be a good angler!

Whether you’re interested in Stripping or Swinging Streamers for Browns & Steelhead, tightening your Indicator/Nymphing Skills for Trout or Steelhead, or even pulling “Creature-like” patterns through and on the water for Larger Browns that go “Gulp” in the night… Tommy has taken it to the next level and can keep you into the fish while keeping you out of any traffic which becomes harder and harder as Northern Michigan’s Fly Fishing Opportunities become more and more evident.

Specializing on The Pere Marquette River, as it is his stomping grounds, he also frequents the Ausable River, Manistee River, White River, and even the Muskegon River if duty calls. While the “Trophy Waters” of the Ausable are tough to beat for Big Browns, places like the Upper Manistee can “Mouse Fish” well… And though Tommy knows the Pere Marquette like the back of his hand, Swing Fishing for Steelhead and Stripping Streamers for cycling Brown Trout on the Muskegon River as well as the White River can be other places you might find him per client and fish persuasion. Licensed, Permitted, Insured, and CPR certified… Tommy has all the right access for all the right water and will get you on the fish while you’re learning or improving your Fly Fishing techniques in different corridors and watersheds with his arsenal of different watercraft.

What do you look for when you fish??? Do you look for a bunch of fish within your sport, or a bunch of sport within your fish??? Tommy appreciates the later, as do most Fly Fishermen: Applying a plan of attack, tying a fly on, (one that you may have tied), wading into the river, setting up on your target water, making the right cast with a perfect presentation and making that fish bow to your will within a drift or two, and then the Take & Battle… Tommy’s soul couldn’t afford any other way!! The more fish you catch one way, the more watered down such an event is, and the less technique you put into each and every cast, is more or less paid back with less and less luster per fish caught or battled. Truth is, Tommy like most Fly Fishermen, can have a much better day catching nothing and improving or perfecting their casts then most can lobbing a bobber or drifting a worm and catching a bunch… That said, it’s a very Blue Moon when Tommy’s not catching fish!!

The Fish Whisperer Guide service prides itself on being an instructor first, and a guide second… Sometimes you don’t need a fly fishing guide as much as you need an casting instructor, and the measure of a good fly fishing guide isn’t the one who puts you on the most fish with the least technique, (THAT IS WAY TOO EASY AND LACKS SPORT); it’s the guide who gives you a ton of technique so you can catch that ONE fish that means so much more than the lot of them. It’s not always about the destination; the REAL sport within this grand sport of fly fishing can be found in the journey not the end result… For Tommy that has always been clear!

“You would think after all the different changes in gear and outfitters that I have worked for and through that I would have gone with a different boat by now, but I still haven’t found a company as straight up as Hyde Drift Boats or a boat as sound for the rivers here in Michigan. It is really nice to be able to work with some fellow fishing sponges too: that is a fellow that thinks mostly of fishing and devotes a better part of his or her brain activity to the pursuit of improving what is in fly fishing, or moving into uncharted waters and coming up with new patterns and presentations to enhance what is or what it will be! ”Tommy Lynch