Mi - Manistee - 001

Mi - Manistee - 001

Manistee National Forest in March is quite the test in preparedness. This past fishing trip we were met with Snow, Sunshine, and then rain! When not dealing with unpredictable elements, we were either catching fish, or enjoying the comforts of fireside chats, hot tubs, and expertly crafted meals by Chef Jared. For the crew, it was refreshing to break the norms of our day to day hustle. Seeking a refresh, and renewal from the daily grind.  


Our lodge overlooked the river and offered the perfect amenities to relax off the water. To be certain, This is no ordinary fishing trip. Sure we caught fish, but most importantly, folks enjoyed the SPACE. Space in nature to rest, reflect, have fun! On the river, our guides Alex and Walt, pointed us to fish, and prepared hot meals on the water. We got to do a mix of fly fishing styles that were tuned for this specific stream. In between catches of steelhead, were very feisty brown trout. Great trip all around. 


All of us on the trip where entrepreneurs, so in the evenings it was great to chat business, family, and future plans for all of our ventures. It was a built in think-tank... and with the help of a little whiskey, conversations and ideas were flowing.


What folks thought:

“I went on the Steelhead trip in Michigan in March 2024. The Pere Marquette is a beautiful river, and that alone made the trip worth it. The lodge at Barothy, fishing guide, fish we caught, dinners made by the chef, hot tub, bourbon, conversation, and Steffen swag were icing on the cake. I’d jump at the chance to do another adventure curated by Andy and the Steffen team. A+ job. Worth every penny and then some.”

Austin L. Church, CMO and author

 “What a trip! Unforgettable memories have flooded my mind. Loved every moment, from catching the largest trout i've ever landed, to even when I closed my eyes amidst the pouring rain, wishing that upon opening them, I'd be greeted by sunshine and yet another leaping trout. Yet, reality remained unchanged—a relentless downpour, winds whipping, with three companions huddled in the boat hoping for Chunky Soup! Truly 1st Class from the wilderness to the food to the fish. It was for sure the refresh my soul needed”

Brett Langolf, CEO, CXG / Cinematic Storytelling


“Thanks Andy and the Steffen crew. It was a first-class trip and in my top adventure trips. The environment, the food, the business and life conversations, and learning to fly fish! I can’t wait for next year”

Rob Rosati, Founder Instant Signs & Collector of rare antiquities 



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