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Steelheading on the Maitland River

Maitland River steelhead trout. • Credit: Colin McKeown


For those that love steelhead in the spring and fall, it can often be frustrating. So many anglers on the river, all the best spots are taken private property issues. There is a great option in Ontario -- i's the Maitland River using Grindstone Angling Guide Service.

Owner John Valk has over 20 years of experience guiding on the Maitland River and knows it exceptionally well. Best of all, he uses fly fishing drift boats on the river to take you from one good spot to another. Often you get out and wade, in others you fish from the boat. Whether you wish to use a single-hand rod or spey, they have lots of great locations for these types of fly fishing.

You will see few anglers on this river as most of it is private land. Essentially it is you and your guide, drifting from spot to spot, all alone and enjoying the day. The fish here can get fairly big with many in the 12 - 15 pound plus range. You can swing flies or nymphs, but both methods work well. Seven or 8-weight rods are ideal with 9 1/2- or 10-foot lengths excellent choices for nymphing and mending line. John also arranges for excellent shore lunches during your trip.

It is important to note that Grindstone Angling also guides in the summer for big and smallmouth bass popper fishing, river muskie fly fishing and even drifts for rainbow and brown trout. Spending a full day on a drift boat with John or one of his experienced guides will be one of the best steelheading experiences you will have on the Great Lakes. Best of all, there are no crowds!

Visit grindstoneangling.com for more information and booking details.

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