Born and raised in Petoskey, MI, the great outdoors has always been a part of my life. Fly fishing however was one of the outdoor activities that came late to me though. It wasn't until my sophomore year of undergraduate studies where I really answered the voice in the back of my mind. Armed with an older Orvis rod and reel, loaned to me for the summer by a professor, I took the initial steps on a quest to discover something new. What started out as a small interest quickly exploded into a full-fledged passion and the exploring has yet to show signs of slowing down. In addition to guiding/fly fishing my other interests include CrossFit, hunting, road cycling, drawing, photography, and snowboarding among many others. Having the privilege to live in such a special place, it is with great enthusiasm that I can now look to share the Northern Michigan woods and rivers with others.
Wild Rise Outfitters was formed in April, 2019 to full-fill half of my current mission. In conjunction with my full time job as an architectural designer at a local firm, it is my goal to use both fly fishing and design as vehicles to bring people closer together and closer to nature. I look forward to the opportunity to show you the wonderful rivers here in Northern Michigan.
fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It's not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.
- John Gierach