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D-Loop Outfitters was founded in 2012 by Dave Barkman, and his wife Amy. Today, our company does many things in fly fishing. We guide fly anglers and upland bird hunting in Michigan’s greatest waters and forests. We also travel to cool spots around the world in pursuit of non-Michigan native fish, provide fly fishing schools and instruction to all levels of fly anglers, and supply the best lodging accommodations for our guests. D-Loop also runs a fully stocked fly shop, and is known for a wide array of flies both common and specially selections. We also carry men and women’s outdoor apparel, and feature local and Michigan artists. Clients visiting this area can expect to enjoy this incredible fishery with our professional guide services and our impeccably clean lodging facilities that are nestled in the heart of the Manistee National Forest.

D-Loop Outfitters is licensed and permitted with the US Forest Service and the State of Michigan. This institution is operated under special use permit with the Huron-Manistee National Forests.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington D.C 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

This institution is operated under special use permit with the Huron-Manistee National Forests. 

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Meet Our Team

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Amy Barkman


Fly Shop / Event & Travel Coordinator

Amy is a born and raised Michigander! Always loving the outdoors, she grew-up with a great love for the water and adventure. A graduate of Ferris State University, Amy worked as a nurse for over ten years until she met her husband Dave in 2012.She traded in her bobber and worms for a fly rod and never looked back! Her favorite is swinging for Steelhead in the spring and fall, and sight casting to carp in the summer months. Amy’s main focus is on the customer, and ensuring all of their needs are met and that they have an enjoyable experience. She also organizes destination trips, schools, and special events. Along with helping run the outfitter, Amy is also rearing children at home that range from high school to toddler hood. Besides fishing, you can find Amy volunteering as a counselor for young women at a local Pregnancy center, hiking the trails with her dogs, or in the woods hunting for turkey, and teaching her children the great joy for the love of the great outdoors. 

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Chelsea Pete


Fly Shop / Reservations

Chelsea is a native of the Manistee Area, and can be considered the outdoorsy type! She loves outdoor sports and activities, and is a very active person that would rather be outside than in, any day. She lives for discovering new areas which include state to state exploration of new rivers and trails.  Her passions include snowboarding, camping, hiking, jeeping, kayaking, and of course fishing. She has been taking fly fishing seriously over the past five years, and has made it her dream to make the passion of fishing and turn it into a career. She did this when taking on the responsibilities as head housekeeper and shop help! She makes our customer’s room sparkle, and has a vast knowledge base of fly fishing that makes her an asset to the shop. When not working in the shop, or housekeeping she finds the time to Jeep and is the secretary of the Great Grand Traverse 4X4 Jeep club. She lives close to the Little Manistee and is where she spends most of her days off in the spring and fall. 

231.848.4191   P.O. Box 211 - 918 Seaman Rd. - Wellston, MI 49689

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