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Fly Fishin' the Grand River

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Fly Fishin' the Grand River

A beautiful brown trout from the Grand River, Ontario. • Credit: Colin McKeown

Fly Fishers will love this fantastic brown trout fishery



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Many fly fishers loves to catch brown trout. The problem is often, where? For over 20 years the secret has been out about a fantastic brown trout fishery in southern Ontario -- the Grand River. This large river has many species that occupy the pools and riffles including smallmouth bass, pike, carp, steelhead and brown trout!

Ken Collins and his staff at Grand River Troutfitters have been guiding on this river for over 20 years. Ken is well known for his excellence in knowing the river intimately. He is especially apt at finding big brown trout. Really big brown trout -- up to 30 inches long! Best of all, they can often be caught on dry flies.

The Grand River has prolific mayfly and caddis hatches that really bring out the big fish. Nymphing and casting streamers also produces well. But the key is to know where and what on this easy-to-wade river. That is where Ken and his staff can really help make a difference. They understand where the best spots are, how water velocities can impact your rigging options, help you to choose the right fly for the conditions.

Ken also guides for big and smallmouth and carp on the Grand River and other systems in the region. Many renowned anglers such as Bob Clouser have fished with Ken for their big smallmouth bass. But the real thrill is the big brown trout. You need to use stealth to catch the truly large fish, often they only come out to feed just before dark.

We strongly recommend you contact Ken at grandrivertroutfitters.com about a walk and wade fly fishing trip on the Grand River. Whether you want to fish for smallmouth, carp or browns, he can get you to the right spots and help you connect with trophy-sized fish. You won’t be disappointed!

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