I just spent 2 terrific days fishing with The HookUp Outfitters. Since I am a fairly experienced fly fisherman, but had never fly fished for bass, I thought I would give this a try. The HookUp Outfitters teamed me up with guide Dale Merry. Although the stripers were not to be enticed to the fly that day, Dale and I had a great time searching and hunting for fish. At the end of the day we had hooked and landed a fair number of largemouth and white bass. What was amazing for me on this trip was knowledge I gained from Dale, and the comraderie we shared on the water. Exactly what every sportsman looks for in a guided trip: good company, terrific conversation, gaining knowledge and experience, and hopefully hooking into a few fish. On my 2nd day, I was teamed up with Mike MacFarland to fish Oak Creek. Mike explained the type of stream we would be in, what to expect, and more importantly, what not to expect. As an experienced trout fisherman, I can only say that Mike exceeded my every expectation as a guide, just as Dale had done the day before. We had a great day on the water, hooked and released an unbelievable number of fish (both rainbows and browns), and missed more strikes and rises than I hooked. If you're looking for a great day on the water, with terrific, knowledgeable guides, experienced teachers, and good conversationalists, these guys are just the folks you are looking for. For me, after 30 years of flyfishing many of the Blue Ribbon streams and rivers in the US with numerous guide services, you want to come off the water at the end of the day with some new knowledge and having made a new friend. These 2 guides and the HookUp Outfitters are among the very best that I've come across and I've fished with some of the premier guides from some of the industry's best. I can't say enough good things about these folks.
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