What do I need to bring with on a guided trip with NSGS? -All you need to bring is a set of waders that fit properly, warm layers, a pair of polarized sun glasses, and any snacks/beverages that you would like to bring. We DO supply a cold lunch and beverages. Please check the "Things To Know" tab for more details on this.
Do I need a fishing license? -YES! You must have a valid MN fishing license and MN trout stamp! Follow this link below for more information on the MN Department of Natural Resources page on licensing and regulations: www.dnr.state.mn.us/licenses/fishing/index.html
Can I bring my own fly rod and reel? -Absolutely! Every fly rod set up casts differently. If there is one that you are comfortable with please bring that. We do supply rods as well. Appropriate steelhead weight fly rods are 7 and 8 weight fly rods with reels that have a strong functioning drag.
What weight fly rods do you recommend for steelhead? -We recommend 9ft 7wt or 9ft 8wt fly rods as a standard. 10ft 7wt or 8wt rods also work well when indicator/nymph fishing. Our client steelhead rods are all 9ft 8wt rods by TFO, Redington, Cabelas, Echo, and Sage. 7 and 8wt rods give you enough power to turn these fish and get them to hand quickly. Fighting a steelhead too long can be fatal to the fish.
What weight fly rods do you recommend for brook trout and pink salmon? -We recommend 7'6"-9' rods anywhere from 3wt up to 6wt. These lower weight rods are great for light presentations to spooky trout. A sub 20" pink salmon will put up a great fight on light rods as well! The heavier end of this spectrum (6wt) gives the angler a fighting chance if hooked into a fall steelhead.
What time do trips start? -Legal fishing starts 30 minutes before sunrise. Often times we need to arrive at the river much earlier than legal fishing time in order to get on good water. The shore can be busy with other anglers at times. Start and end times can be altered to accommodate client schedules.
Do you only cater to fly fisherman? -NO! We also cater to spin and centerpin anglers. Whether you like to "chuck mono", drift nymphs, throw streamers or watch floats drop we can accommodate all.
Where should we stay when coming to the North Shore for a trip? -There are a lot of great hotels and campgrounds between Duluth and Grand Marais MN. Contact us for more details based on which part of the shore you would like to fish.
Are there any good fly shops in the area that can help us with gear/fly selection? -Absolutely! The Superior Fly Angler just across the bridge from Duluth in Superior, WI is a great full service shop! superiorflyangler.com/
Can you accommodate large groups? -Yes we can! Our prices reflect groups up to 2 anglers but can adjust for larger groups. With advanced notice we can bring on some really fishy guides from the area to help with larger groups.