Call us at 616-974-8336 for information on upcoming classes and seminars this season.
Fly Fishing 101
Learn fly-fishing basics in one of our free Fly Fishing 101 classes. Perfect for beginners of all ages, the Fly Fishing 101 course includes free lessons on fly casting and outfit rigging.
Fly Fishing 201
If youve already completed Fly Fishing 101, youre ready for the next step. Join us for a short outing on local water and a chance to catch your first fish! A nominal fee for the outing may apply.
A free Trout Unlimited Membership—a $35 value—is included for all FF101 and FF201 graduates. Upon completion of the course, you will receive special in-store offers, valid for the purchase of Orvis products.
Store Manager: Nick Garlock
A native of Grand Rapids Michigan, Nick is a consummate outdoorsman who grew up fishing and hunting the surrounding area. While working on his Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism, Nick worked at the local Orvis dealer, Thornapple Outfitters from 2003 to 2005. It was here where Nick developed his passion for customer service and love for sharing the sport with others. In 2009, Nick started his own guide service, sharing his knowledge of Michigan lakes and rivers with his clients. Since his start with the company in May of 2016, Nick has shared his love for the sport and brand through hosted trips including several to El Pescador in Belize along with many localized “Come Fish With Us” trips to surrounding Lake Michigan Tributaries.
In Nick’s spare time, he enjoys traveling, running 5K’s with his wife, as well as cross country and downhill skiing. Of course you can also find Nick spending as much time in the woods or on the water with his son Rowan.
Fishing Manager: Trent Jackson
A Grand Rapids native, Trent has spent his life pursuing all things recreation. In his time spent earning a bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management, Trent developed his knowledge in wilderness first response, multi-week back-country trips, classroom management as well as resource management. Coupling this skill set with his knowledge of the local fishery, Trent has developed the Fly-Fishing classes and trip offerings at the store – creating a “funnel” of growth opportunities within the sport for his clientele. These have included leading the multi store hosted “Come Fish With Us” trip to the Pere Marquette River along with frequent day trips to the Rogue and Muskegon Rivers. This summer, Trent will be hosting his first trip to Falcon’s Ledge, Orvis Endorsed Lodge in Utah. When Trent is not at the store, you can find him exploring new places with his wife, Morgan, and dog, Titus. Trent mentioned that “Faith, family, friends and fishing are his main pursuits.”