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Welcome to River Marine Outfitters A fishing guide is a person who is not tied to his own agenda, but a person whose purpose is to give you the best fishing experience possible.... more

River Marine Outfitters is the most raccoon-eyed, fish seeing, boat rowing, fly casting, gore-tex wearing, fish netting guide you’ll ever find. 

“This institution is an equal opportunity provider and is operated under special use permit with the Huron Manistee National Forests.” 

Bill is a Proud member of R.L.Winston Pro Staff . 

A Winston fly rod is designed to be the ultimate combination of performance, quality and beauty.

Fly Rods made in the USA. 


Member of Guidefitter
An online community of outdoor enthusiasts

Member on Hatch Reels Pro Guide staff


The reel made in the U.S.A.

Hatch reels are carefully inspected to assure product consistency and quality and are guaranteed against manufacturer’s defects in materials and craftsmanship for the life of the product by its original owner. 

St. Croix Rod Guide Member

I use St. Croix spinning rods in Florida.

The company that says Priority #1: Fishing


Proud member of Simms Pro Team

This is the best gear on the fishing Market. 

Airflo flylines

Airflo continues to lead the flyline industry in innovation and technology advances.


Smith Optics 

Ultimate fish finding sun glasses.

Smith built there reputation on quality, performance product and they stand behind it.


We are accepting reservations by email and phone 

Email = Aboynton@jackpine.net

Home Phone =213 723 6199 

I have launched River Marine Outfitters, a small independent Fly Fishing outfitter based here in Manistee, with the goal of providing the best possible guide service in NW Michigan. 

By doing this, I am able to utilize my affiliations with The Northern Angler fly shop in Traverse City, Michigan while simultaneously, maintaining my freedom to implement my own program. What does this mean to you? Simply put everything. First of all, the days of hidden costs associated with a day on the river are gone, everything but your fishing license is included: flies, tippets, leaders, lunches, transportation, and gear everything. You will not be given a fly bill, you will not pay for rental gear, you will not pay for shuttles, and you will only pay for the guide day. That is it. End of story.

Quality control, There is no shortage of fishing guides in Michigan, but only a select few have made my very short list. River Marine Outfitters is small, and I will keep it that way, in the event that I am booked, I have chosen the best guides in our area to represent me and my company. If the guides I work with are booked, I cannot and will not take your reservation. I will never put you with a boat jockey or in a boat with a guide that I would not hire myself. 

More freedom and flexibility. Because River Marine Outfitters is not tied to a particular shop or "brick and mortar" location, we have the freedom to truly customize any itinerary, whether it be a day trip out of Manistee, or perhaps a road trip adventure. We can plan a trip to maximize your fishing and minimize the headaches that come with planning such a trip. We have unlimited possibilities within a short drive from our headquarters in Manistee, with most of our destinations within 45 minutes from downtown, and numerous others a bit further away. Two days on the Manistee, a day on the betsie, and then a day on the upper Manistee? Not a problem. You no longer have to try and work around guide schedules for different rivers and different parts of the state. Our knowledge, experience, and willingness to travel, guarantees that you will be in the right place at the right time. 

A $150.00 deposit is required for each booked day per guide of any trip, and deposits are not refundable unless your guide cancels a trip in the event of extenuating circumstances (usually weather related). If a client cancels a trip, the deposit may be applied to a future trip the same year if another day can be booked.

Your guide will contact you several days before the trip to arrange a meeting time and place. He will also discuss details of the trip, including appropriate gear to bring, tackle needs, and food preferences 

Items that are not included in the pricing: Michigan fishing license, personal items such as rain gear, insect repellent, sunblock, etc. 

Further more; I will be happy to assist with lodging suggestions, restaurants, places of interest, and non-angling activities along the way. 

Thank you for visiting our site. We are a fly fishing guide service in North West Michigan, spending most of our time on the Big Manistee River.

Margy and I hope we have met all your expectations and you will come back and fish again.


Captain Bill

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