Guided Fly Fishing

Motor City Anglers offers guided fly fishing trips for half and full days on the Flint and Shiawassee rivers. Occasionally, other rivers are guided as well.

The Flint river is 80 miles long, starts at the base of the thumb and flows southwest through the town of Flint. From there the river turns north to its confluence with the Shiawassee river near Saginaw. The Shiawassee river originates farther south than the Flint and flows northwest to Owosso. From there it heads mostly due north for the remainder of its 110 miles where it joins the Tittabawassee river

Our primary target on both rivers is the Smallmouth Bass. Both rivers contain healthy population of them as well Pike, Carp and Rock Bass. The gradient of the rivers are gentle and ideal for warmwater fish. Fallen trees, log jams, deep pools and boulder fields are the common hiding spots for our target species.

A day of guided fishing with a Motor City Anglers guide is relaxing, exciting, and a day of learning. Our head guide, Frank Woody is passionate about fly fishing and sharing that knowledge with everyone in his boat. From the comfort of his 16' Hyde drift boat you will float down the river with Frank manning the oars. He will ensure that you are in the best spots to catch fish all day long.

Interested in a trip or have more questions? Contact us at 248-653-5132 or

Trip Details
Full Day Half Day
Trip Length 8 Hours 4 Hours
Cost $475 $325
Food/Drink Meal and Water Water inlcuded

Frank Woody, Head Guide:

Frank Woody Smallmouth Bass on the Flint River

As a young boy growing up in southern Michigan, fishing was a natural part of my upbringing. My father made it a point to get me out on the water and teach me how to catch Bluegill. I received my first fly rod as a gift when I was 7 years old, and I instantly fell in love. Catching Bluegill on poppers was by far one of my favorite things to do!

As I grew up, my focus shifted from small flies and small fish, to bigger and more challenging fish. I stumbled across streamers and enjoyed learning how to maneuver them in the water so that the fish found them irresistible. From there, I learned how to tie them, adding unique materials to catch even more fish.

Living 20 minutes away from the Flint river meant it quickly became my playground, and Smallmouth became my number one targeted species. Today, I’m an avid angler and fly tier who focuses on Smallmouth in the Flint and Shiawassee river.