Guided Fly Fishing Trips

Guided Fly Fishing Trips

Fly Fishing Guide in Duluth, MN

Jason Swingen is a Fly Fishing Guide based out of Duluth MN. Currently offering multi-species fly fishing guided trips available from the North Shore of Lake Superior to the Brule River in Northern Wisconsin. Primarily targeting migratory salmonids (trout, and salmon) as well as native brook trout, and multiple warmwater species (bass, pike, walleye).

Jason Swingen is a licensed and insured fly fishing guide through

Guiding Calender

Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct
North Shore Steelhead YES YES
South Shore Steelhead YES YES YES YES
North Shore Brook Trout YES YES YES YES YES
North Shore Pink Salmon YES YES
Warmwater Float Trip YES YES YES YES YES
Casting Instructions YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

North Shore Steelhead

Trip Details

April and May are prime times for North Shore wild steelhead. We guide over a dozen rivers from Duluth to Canada. Trip destinations are tentatively scheduled but we prefer to be nimble and able to choose rivers that are hot on any given day. Wild steelhead are entirely catch-and-release on the North Shore so our fish can grow to impressive sizes. All North Shore steelhead trips are walk and wade. Learn more about catching North Shore steelhead.

  • Dates: April, May
  • Trip Options: Walk and Wade
  • Anglers: One, Two, or Three

Brule River Migratory Fish

Trip Details

The Bois Brule is a storied and famous river located in northern Wisconsin, roughly 45 minutes from Duluth, MN. Spring and fall trips are available. Wild steelhead fill the river in spring, offering our earliest trips, from April through early May. Migratory brown trout, salmon, and steelhead offer great fishing from September through mid-November. Our migratory trips explore the lower river from US Hwy 2 north to Lake Superior. All Bois Brule migratory trips are walk and wade. Learn more about catching Brule River steelhead.

  • Dates: April, May, September, October
  • Trip Options: Walk and Wade
  • Anglers: One, Two, or Three

North Shore Brook Trout

Trip Details

Fly fishing for wild brook trout beneath towering waterfalls and through deep canyons is a unique way to experience the North Shore. Resident brook trout are an excellent option for those learning to fly fish, looking to explore the wilderness, kids, or those wanting to fine-tune technique. Easy access and more challenging trips are available. We offer these trips from the end of May through the end of September. All North Shore trout trips are walk-wade. Learn more about brook trout fishing on the north shore of Lake Superior.

  • Dates: May, June, July, September
  • Trip Options: Walk and Wade
  • Anglers: One, Two, Three, or Four

North Shore Pink Salmon

Trip Details

Pink salmon are one of the most underrated migratory fish on the north shore. They often enter Lake Superior’s tributaries in great numbers, they can be fairly easy to find, and they fight extremely hard for their size. They are a great species for beginners to get started into fly fishing as well as great for advanced anglers to fine-tune their skills in preparation for the spring steelhead run. Learn more about fly fishing for pink salmon.

  • Dates: September, October
  • Trip Options: Walk and Wade
  • Anglers: One, Two, or Three

Warmwater Float Trip

Trip Details

Float down a river and run the rapids through the Northern Minnesota wilderness on a scenic fly fishing float trip! Smallmouth bass, northern pike and the occasional muskie or walleye are the quarry. Using larger rods to cast topwater flies and streamers, this is a great way to hit the water in the heat of summer. This is a warm-weather trip option and we guide rivers such as the St. Louis and Cloquet from June through September. Limited to 2 people. Learn more about fly fishing for bass and other warmwater species.

  • Dates: June, July, September
  • Trip Options: Walk and Wade, or Float Trip
  • Anglers: One, or Two

Fly Casting Instructions

Trip Details

New to fly casting or looking to fine-tune your casting technique? Spend some time outside working on everything from basic overhead casting, roll casting or even advanced double hauling for an upcoming saltwater trip.

  • Dates: March, April, May, June, July, September, October
  • Anglers: One, Two, Three, or Four


Book your Fly Fishing Trip


  • Half Day Guided Fly Fishing (Walk and Wade) - $300
  • Full Day Guided Fly Fishing (Walk and Wade) - $450
  • Full Day Guided Fly Fishing (Float Trip) - $525
  • Additional Angler - $50
  • Waders and Boots Rental - $35
  • Fly Rod and Reel Rental - $35
  • Fly Casting Lessons - $50/hr/person

A $200 deposit is required after a trip is set up to lock in your fishing date. The remaining balance is due by the end of our trip date.

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  • Full days include lunch and beverages.
  • Flies and tippet are provided for all trips.
  • Gratuity not included, but greatly appreciated.

No refunds will be made within one week of your scheduled trip. We will notify you if weather or water conditions require the cancellation or rescheduling of your trip. In such a case, a full refund will be made if other arrangements cannot be made to your satisfaction.

All rates are subject to change at any time. Confirmation of rates occurs only with receipt of the deposit for your trip.

All trips are catch-and-release only. Even if regulations allow for fish to legally be kept.

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Prepare For Your Trip

Packing List

  • Weather Appropriate Clothes
    • Our Steelhead trips can get very cold. Multiple layers of wool and insulation will help. Hand-warmers, and toe-warmers can help make your trip more comfortable.
  • Sunglasses (polarized)
    • You should bring sunglasses even if it’s cloudy. Polarized glasses will help you see in the water and either see structures or even see where you are walking if we need to wade across a river.
    • Protecting your eyes from our flies’ hook is also extremely important.
  • Snacks, Water
  • Fly Rod and Reel
    • Pink Salmon and Brook Trout (2wt - 6wt)
    • Steelhead (7wt - 8wt)
      • A 9’ 5wt is a very common fly rod, that will handle many species of fish. However, it is much too light to fish for our hard-fighting steelhead. If you do not own or have access to a 7wt or 8wt fly rod we have rental equipment available.
    • Bass and Pike (5wt - 9wt)
  • Waders, and Boots
    • Some may require hiking. We recommend breathable waders and wading bootsRubber-soled wading boots are not required but are recommended. Having studs in your boots will help when hiking and wading.
  • Flies
    • We recommend bringing a small assortment of your own flies, but we will have plenty of flies to use as well.
    • For local fly recommendations please visit our local fly shops.
  • Nippers, Hemostats
    • Don’t worry we will tie on most of your flies, but just in case it can be helpful to bring your own nippers, and hemostats. Bonus points if you bring my all-time favorite fly-fishing accessory, the Scissor Mitten Clamp.
  • Fishing License and Trout Stamp
    • You will need to have a current fishing license and trout stamp for the state we will be fishing. There are many options for year, week, and day licenses available for both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
      • Minnesota Fishing Licenses
        • The single-day, 7-day, and 14-day licenses do not require a trout stamp
      • Wisconsin Fishing Licenses
        • There are affordable options for non-residents including a “First-time buyer”, and “One-day fishing license”
        • You will also need to purchase the “Inland Trout Stamp” if we will be fishing for trout in WI.