Mike Crawford is a licensed and professional full-time outdoor guide and a native of Syracuse. Mike studied forestry and wilderness recreation leadership in Saranac Lake in the early 90’s, learning from the best guides and outdoor leaders in the Adirondacks. Mike became a Wilderness Education Association certified outdoor leader in 1993.
Prior to full-time guiding Mike spent 12 years working for the government. First, as a seasonal forest ranger for the NYSDEC and then as an arborist for the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, working extensively in the backcountry and forests throughout the Adirondacks and Central New York.
Becoming a NYS licensed guide with the NYSDEC in 2003, then earning his USCG Masters License the following year, Mike created Upstate Guide Service. Guiding anglers on the weekends transitioned into full-time guiding in 2013.
Today Upstate Guide Service is an insured S-Corporation that leads beginner and expert anglers and hunters on the numerous lakes, streams and rivers of Upstate New York over 200 days a year.
Experience, skills, sound judgement and hard work is the recipe Mike employs to create safe, enjoyable and successful trips. Mikes’ passion for cold-water conservation, fly fishing and New York States’ spectacular natural environments is evident in every aspect of Upstate Guide Service.
Besides thousands of hours of hands-on guiding experience, it is the many strong friendships made over the years with guests that keeps Upstate Guide Service successful!
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