Guided Fly Fishing Trips

Guided Fly Fishing Trips

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).

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Guided Fly Fishing Trips

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 are able to 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

Smallmouth Bass

Trip Details

We run the rapids of northern Minnesota rivers via custom drift boat or guiding canoe. 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



  • Full Day Guided Fly Fishing (Walk and Wade) - $400
  • Half Day Guided Fly Fishing (Walk and Wade) - $250
  • Full Day Guided Fly Fishing (Float Trip) - $475
  • Additional Angler - $50
  • Waders and Boots Rental - $35
  • Fly Rod and Reel Rental - $35
  • Fly Casting Lessons - $40/hr/person

A 50% deposit is required after a trip is setup to lock in your fishing date. The remaining balance is due by the end of our trip date.

  • Full days include lunch and beverages.
  • Flies, tippets and leaders are provided for all trips.
  • Gratuity not included.

No refunds will be made within one week of your scheduled trip. We will notify you if weather or water conditions require cancellation or rescheduling of your trip. In such 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 deposit for your trip.

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


  • North Shore Steelhead (April, May)
  • South Shore Steelhead (April, May, September, October)
  • North Shore Brook Trout (May, June, July, August)
  • North Shore Pink Salmon (September, October)
  • Smallmouth Bass (June, July, August)
  • Casting Instructions (March, April, May, June, July, September, October)

Contact Jason to Plan your Fly Fishing Trip