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Trail Creek Guide Service - Client
“I never saw anyone fight and land a
fish the way Justin did” ( After seeing Justin hooked and
landed 4 monster Skamania Steelhead in a few hours, Jerald
booked a full day trip the following week.)
Running Back Coach - New York Giants
“Thanks buddy for introducing me to fly
fishing/steelheading.” I hooked a fish
earlier but wasn’t able to land it, with Justin’s help and guidance
I was able to land this monster Skamania
after a tough and brutal ten minute fight.
My name is John, I'm from Mishawaka Indiana.
I've liked fishing for Salmon and Steel-head for about 5 years
now. I mainly fish in the Saint Joseph River. I met Justin about
a year ago. Out of all the days I've went to Trail creek I've
never seen anyone, and I mean no-one catch as many fish as Justin.
Nobody will be catching a thing and Justin comes down there
and 5 minutes later you hear FISH ON!!!! Everyone just turns
there heads and just watches him pull in fish. I think this
guy really knows his stuff, so I would tell anyone who is interested
in salmon and steelhead that has never caught one to book with
this guy because I guarantee you will be yelling fish on!
John T. Warren
I have been fishing Trail Creek for about 25 years and I thought
I knew every place that fish hold up in, then I went fishing
with Justin. He found fish that I couldn't find. If it were
not for Justin I would have never hooked up with 3 KINGS!
It was a pleasure fishing with Justin that day. I would recommend
using Justin for a guide if you want to catch Kings, Coho
" Thanks Justin it was lots of fun!"
July 31, 2008 Dear Fly Fisherman,
Just about a week ago my brother Von and
I traveled to Michigan City, Indiana to fly fish and spin
fish the Trail Creek for steelhead. The first afternoon we
searched for good places to fish and then went to Bass Pro
to buy lures and flies, etc. We spent way too much for spinning
lures and accessories but met Vern at the Fly Shop who was
very helpful. He mentioned Justin to us as a very successful
steelhead fisherman and guide and told us to look our for
him. Vern also suggested several flies which had been successful
with steelhead which we bought.
The first day and a half we mostly fished with spinning outfits
and lost a number of expensive lures to no avail. The second
evening of fishing we met Justin. Justin is a humble but self
assured individual who was quick to encourage us to try our
fly outfits. Actually, he put on a class for us on the ways
to catch steelhead with a fly rod. Within a short time he had
caught a 6 pound steelhead when no one else was catching any.
The next night Von hooked a good size steelhead which I saw
surface right in front of me but somehow broke the line. Over
the next three days we fished with Justin a number of times
and he was always teaching and showing us the best places to
fish but never thought of charging us. Justin gave us many important
lessons which will help us in any of our fishing endeavors,
especially roll casting. We both got pretty good at it after
While we didn’t catch a steelhead during
this trip (I never saw anyone else catch a steelhead on a
fly rod except Justin), we are well prepared, thanks to Justin,
for our next visit which will be during a steelhead run (there
were very few steelhead in the creek while we were there).
I would highly recommend Justin to anyone who wants to learn
how to catch steelhead on Trail Creek and wants to become
a better fly fisherman. We plan to schedule an official day
of guiding with Justin on our next visit to Trail Creek and
very much look forward to fishing with Justin again!!
Ronald (Ron) G. Blankenbaker, M.D.
Associate Dean Emeritus
College of Medicine
University of Tennessee
“I think I will start calling you the fish whisperer."
Best Regards, Von Blankenbaker
My thanks to Justin for his help in landing my very first steelhead!! Justin has given me valuable information that helped me to catch this fish. He helped me with rigging, bait, where and how to fish and land these great fish. He knows these waters better than anyone else I know and if there are fish to catch he will help you get them.
Calumet City, IL
ON TRAIL CREEK...CONSIDER ON ONE ELSE!!!
It was my wife's birthday in August 2008...
She loves to fish, so her gift was a new rod and reel. With
gear in hand we headed to Trail Creek, a fishing hole filled
with Steelhead. There was
a smattering of people, and no one was catching anything. Suddenly,
"FISH ON!" broke the silence. This guy, only 30 feet from us
hooked and landed a huge "Steelie". It was amazing
to watch him with such finesse, play and land such a beautiful,
huge fish. It motivated us to fish harder... we knew for sure
the fish were there. Still, no one else was catching anything,
including my wife and I. A little while passed, and then another
echo of "FISH ON!" rippled across Trail Creek. After further
investigation, we found it was the same guy. With two Steelhead
hooked and no one else catching anything, this guy kept fishing.
And, you guessed it... this guy landed his third fish shortly
after. Three fish within an hour, and no one else got even one.
Who was this guy? It was Justin of Trail Creek Guide Service.
I had to know the secret. My wife and I approached Justin with
her new gear in hand, and began inquiring. We learned he was
a professional fishing guide and an instructor. We watched him
fish a little while we had a great conversation. He learned
it was my wife's birthday and gave her his biggest catch of
the day. It may sound funny, but that was a wonderful gift and
we had an awesome fish dinner. Not only were the three Steelhead
hooked... we were hooked, too.
I began hitting the creek hard. A year had passed, and I had
hooked, but was never able to land the coveted Steelhead fish.
After seeing Justin make it look so easy, I became frustrated.
I knew the area where they were holding; I had the right bait,
but could not 'seal the deal'. My wife's birthday in 2009 was
coming around, and I knew exactly what to do. I took out and
dusted off that business card from Trail Creek Outfitters and
called Justin. I knew if anyone could help us land a "Steelie",
he was the man for the job.
So, there we were for my wife's birthday, out on the creek at
the crack of dawn. It was awesome! Justin was patient with us
even through our numerous snags. He taught us the importance
of scouting holes, technique, drift, bait presentations, and
having the right gear for the job. We finally learned how to
catch and land a monster Steelhead. By 8 a.m. we had two Steelhead
on the stringer: a monster 13 pounder and an 8. My wife had
commemorated her birthday enjoying the great outdoors, and we
finally landed the highly sought-after Steelhead Trout. Nothing
can describe the feeling of having a 13 pound fish breaking
the surface of the water repeatedly on the end of an 8 pound
test line. Thanks to Justin, we have a memory (not to mention
the photos) that will last a lifetime. After we were done fishing,
Justin treated us to a great lunch where we enjoyed getting
to know each other better and swapped fish stories.
I highly recommend Justin at Trail Creek Guide Service if you're looking for that big catch and a fun day. The tips, tricks, secrets and lessons learned are well worth every dime, and will help you improve upon your talent in this sport for years to come. On Trail Creek, consider no one else!
Michigan City, IN