Shop Hours:

Monday - Friday
10am - 6pm

Thursday
10am - 8pm

Saturday
10am - 3pm


 

 


 

Welcome!

For over a decade, Little Forks Outfitters has served those who are passionate about their outdoor activities. From cutting edge technical outdoor clothing and footwear to the latest fly-fishing tackle, here you will find the selection and expertise that few shops can provide. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff will guide you to the right choices among the best quality gear, clothing and footwear brand names available today. Itís all about helping you make the most of your next outdoor adventure, whether that finds you fly-fishing the Au Sable River close to home, or exploring exotic lands far off the beaten path.

Little Forks Outfitters is a full service fly shop located in downtown Midland, Michigan. We carry a large inventory of quality fly fishing products from manufacturers like Orvis, 3M Scientific Anglers, and Umpqua Feather Merchants. The non-angler will be pleased to find a broad selection of well-made clothing by Patagonia, Ex Officio, Orvis, and Filson. 

Books, sporting gifts, bird hunting, and fly tying supplies round out our offering, and we will gladly order any special item you may need that we do not stock. Catalog orders for Orvis, Patagonia, Ex Officio, or Filson may be placed through Little Forks Outfitters, saving you the shipping and handling costs, and allowing us to handle any returns.

We offer a full range of classes and fly fishing schools, so if you are interested in taking up fly fishing or fly tying, let us help you get started in the right way. We also host fly angling trips to destinations like Montana, Belize, and Alaska, and we can help you get hooked up with the right guide or lodge, wherever you desire to go.

Fly fishing is our passion, so let us help you get more out of your time on the water.

 


Why is the shop named Little Forks Outfitters?

The name Little Forks appears frequently in the history of the Midland area. In the days when forests of towering white pines and mosquito-infested marshes made up the interior of Michiganís Lower Penninsula, the waterways were the arteries upon which the Chippewa tribespeople, and later fur traders and settlers, moved about. Traveling by canoe up the Saginaw River from Lake Huronís Saginaw Bay, the confluence of the  Saginaw and Tittabawassee Rivers were known as the Great Forks. If you paddled up the Tittabawassee to the north, the next major tributary is the Chippewa River, which flows in from the west. This confluence was known as Little Forks. This was a major landmark on the Indian trail that eventually led past Houghton and Higgins Lakes to the Straits of Mackinac. 

The first business in this area was established by Charles Rodd in 1819, and was known as Little Forks Trading Post. Later, when the native Chippewas were being forced onto smaller and smaller parcels of land, there was a Chippewa Reservation made up of some 6,000 acres that occupied the western shore of the Tittabawassee, across and downstream from the fledging town of Midland, which bore the name Little Forks Reservation. The name Little Forks Outfitters pays homage  to the wilderness roots of the area we call home.


Little Forks Outfitters ~ 143 E. Main St. ~ Midland, MI 48640
Phone: 989-832-4100 ~ Fax: 989-832-1893 ~ Toll Free: 877-550-4668