My fly fishing journey began in 2013 in the cold waters of Michigan. After taking a short break during my service in The United States Army as an infantry paratrooper, I’ve been full throttle fly fishing in many parts of the country chasing saltwater and freshwater species. I have a passion for teaching and sharing with others. My guiding career began in North Carolina before moving back north. West Michigan offers an amazing variety of freshwater fish to target all within an hour or less drive from Holland, Grand Rapids, or Kalamazoo.
Based on 7 reviews
Allen was a great guide! Allen and I scheduled a trip for spring smallmouth, but I was itching to get out and asked what was the possibility of fishing winter pike. Allen jumped and put me on his schedule the same week! Up front, I told Allen what I expected out of our trip; help me fine tune my casting, share fishing tips, a deep dive on his raft, and obviously, put me on fish. He did not disappoint! He did all of the above, plus some. In the six hour guided trip, I learned A LOT! Even on a cold dreary day and the occasional snowflake, we got after it!Read more
I recently had the pleasure of fishing with Allen as my guide and I’m already looking at my calendar for the next opportunity to get out on the water with him. I’ve fished some my whole life but I’m a novice fly fisherman at best. Allen had me casting like a pro, reading the water, and catching good fish by the end of our trip. His ability to read the water rivals that of fisherman twice his age, and his skill with a fly rod is beautiful to watch. Being patient enough to teach someone so inexperienced on the fly can be trying and is not something all guides do well but Mr. Campbell did so with grace. He not only told me what to do in each scenario but also explained the why behind it, and coached to all the little things that add up to a good or bad cast and drift. Allen’s passion for what he does is apparent in the care and consideration he gives every aspect of the experience. He provided everything we might’ve needed, communicated the plan, and executed on a great experience. If you’re looking to catch fish and enjoy some time on the water in Allen’s neck of the woods, I highly recommend him.Read more
I recently moved to MI from Western NC where browns, bows and "mountain specs" are the name of the game. My first smallie-on-a-fly-rod trip on a Michigan river was with guide Allen Campbell, and man was it memorable! Allen had us on the river bright and early for good reason: an 18" bronze back in the net by 07:50. We were in fish all day, landing another 17", 15", a slew of 12" small mouth bass. He knew every small mouth nook and cranny, set me up perfectly for every cast and encouragingly remarked "You'll get 'em next time" every time my cast fell 6 inches short, or I trout-set rather than strip-set the hook. It was, by far, my best day on a MI river! If you want catch small mouth bass on a Michigan river, there's no better guide than Allen "Sarge" Campbell!Read more
I love fishing with Allen, he is clearly a master fly tyer, great teacher, great guy. Allen guided me to catching my first Muskie on a fly rod! A goal for a while now! I highly recommend fishing with Allen whether you want to learn as much as possible or just get into some fish!Read more
Allen is a great teacher. His patience and encouragement gave me the confidence and skills necessary to land beautiful fish. Beyond that, Allen’s love for adventure and the outdoors is inspiring to get back out on the water as soon as my busy schedule allows!Read more
I have had the opportunity to fly fish With Campbell outfitters multiple times. From Michigan to North Carolina and every trip on every river has been a spectacular experience. He is patient enough to explain the techniques of fly fishing to a five-year-old, and yet advanced enough that other guides use him for when they want to be on the river. Campbell outfitters can help you land the trophy trout, the largemouth bass, or the fish of your choice. He is also extremely gifted at tying flies. Book your trip now.Read more