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Brian Kozminski, known as “Koz” by his piscatorial pals, has been plying trout from Michigan waters for over 30 years. Originally from Grand Rapids where the Rogue River and Grand River were his home waters, his frequent trips to Grayling to fish the Holy Waters were not enough. Over a decade ago, he and his wife, Lesley, daughters, Simone and Camille, and labs, Moose, Murphy and Stella, made ‘Up North’ a permanent way of life. Rooted in Petoskey, the Bear and Maple Rivers were his primary destinations. A recent transplant to Boyne City now allows the Jordan and Boyne Rivers to become his backyard home waters.On three acres, his family enjoys the farm life with 2 sheep, 15 chickens and 3 cats and regular evening bon-fires. A lifetime member of Trout Unlimited and ex officio for the Miller VanWinkle Chapter, he shares his passion for the resources by teaching local children the art of fly tying. He also provides a Salmon in the Classroom experience for kids at Sheridan Elementary School in Petoskey. An advocate for catch and release, he is also northern Michigan’s Ambassador for Greenfish, as well as an FFF member. He has been tying flies since his father taught him at the age of nine. Koz has made trips to Belize to confirm the speed of Bonefish and the illusive Permit, St. Maarten to cast for Tarpon, and the endless beauty of the Rockies in Colorado fishing for Greenbacks and Cuttys. Although Steelhead and large Brown Trout at night are exciting, the true treasure of northern Michigan lies in the orange flecks and blue halos of the native Brook Trout from its cold, clean and clear rivers.

True North Trout Guide Service

My Aim: To provide an educational and relaxing experience on the water while catching a few trout.​

Many people come to northern Michigan to enjoy the natural beauty that surrounds us each and every day. I merely wish to share that experience with others. I am often asked what my clients should bring on a guided trip. Here is the short list:

Bug spray- not Skin-so-Soft, Blackflies eat that stuff with their Wheaties. I recommend Deep Woods Off! or something with Deet in it.

Polarized Sunglasses- I do have back-up sunglasses, but it is best if you have your own.

Hat- either a baseball style cap or fishing hat will keep sun off your head and help you see the fish better.

Rain Jacket or Parka- don’t like the weather? wait five minutes.

Waders- I do have multiple pairs, but your own waders that fit YOU would be best.

Suntan lotion.

Fishing License- get yours MDNR E-License.

True North Trout Adventures Adventures

Walk-In Wade Trips
Half Day Float Trips
Full Day Float Trips

True North Trout Boats Boats

Captain Koz
2012 ADIPOSE Boatworks
15.0 ft
0.0 mph
Max Passengers:
Randy Monchilov
2016 Adipose Flow
15.0 ft
0.0 mph
Max Passengers:
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True North Trout Equipment Gear

Name Description
True North Trout I am very excited to represent and to be the ONLY guide in northern Michigan with an ADIPOSE FLOW. This is a 2013 low profile model drift boat.
Temple Fork Outfitters Fly Rod Many rods are from TFO, The BVK and Professional series are a favorite for northern Michigan streams
Fly Lines I prefer Scientific Angler for use on all my reels. Try a cast with the Mastery Series or Sharkwave and find out why.

"My Biggest worry is that when I'm dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it."

- Koos Brandt

True North Trout Location Weather Boyne City, Michigan Weather


Fishing Guide, Land & Water Access, Outfitter
Brown Trout, Chinook Salmon (King), Northern Pike, Brook Trout, Splake, Smallmouth Bass, Lake Trout, Carp, Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)