Daniel Nealy

Meet Guide Daniel Nealy

Meet Captain Daniel Nealy and Dan Nealy's Fishing Buddies Guide Service

Captain Daniel Nealy was born and raised in Southern Michigan, where he spent much of his youth fishing for various freshwater fish. While studying at Central Michigan University he developed a passion for River Fishing, particularly Smallmouth Bass on the Chippewa River.


He was introduced to Steelhead fishing on a trip to the Pere Marquette River. By the end of that day, he caught a trophy Brown Trout and lots of Steelhead! From then on, Captain Daniel has been hooked on the excitement of the Michigan rivers.


Captain Daniel currently lives in Alma with his wife, Aleisha, and their three dogs—Berkley, Caddis, and Stella. They also have two cats—Orvis & River. He also works in the field of Youth Basketball programming.


Dan offers a unique experience on the river. His ability to maneuver through any stretch of water, no matter how shallow or swift it may be, will give you hours of enjoyment. Captain's expertise in fly fishing for Brown Trout, Steelhead Salmon, Pike, and Smallmouth Bass makes him the perfect guide for your trip. He can also accommodate those who prefer wade fishing while they're in water up to their waists.


For full-day tours, Capt. Dan provides a grilled lunch and snacks. For half-day trips, he supplies snacks and water. Whether you want to spend the day fishing or just learn more about it, Fly Fishing Michigan Rivers is a great way to catch nature at its best.

Soonest Trip Availability


Fishing Buddies Available Trips


Expertise & Attributes

4 Years of Experience

fishing Attributes

Nature / Wildlife Views
Bass Fishing
I Tie My Own Flies
Technical Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
Good with New Anglers
Good with Families
Good with Kids

Gear & Equipment

Available Fishing Gear

Fly Box
Fly Lines
Insect Repellant
Leader Tippet
Medical Supplies

Good to Knows

Trip Inclusions:

Quality Fishing Equipment (Rods, Reels & Tackle)

Fly Fishing Equipment

Lures and Bait

Snacks, Lunch, and Drinks


What to bring:

Wear Weather-Appropriate Clothing

Sun Protection (Sunscreen, Polarized Sunglasses & Hats)


DEPOSIT: A deposit is required for all bookings and will be applied at checkout.


BALANCE: The remaining balance is due on the trip date as either Credit or Cash.


GUEST CANCELLATION: In the event that you must cancel your booking, you must do so 7 days prior to your trip date to receive a refund on your deposit. Rescheduling is encouraged and dependent on guide availability.


GUIDE CANCELLATION: In the rare event that your guide must cancel due to inclement weather, health, or equipment issues, you will have the option to reschedule your charter for a later date or receive a refund on your deposit.


TIPPING: Tips to your guide are greatly appreciated for your quality trip.


My Buddy

Boat Type: Drift Boat

Boat Guest Capacity: 2

Boat Length: 14

Manufacturer Name: Hyde

Model Year: 2000

Number of Engines: 1

Horsepower per Engine: 5

Maximum Cruising Speed: 10

Boat Registration: Not Given