1. Drift Boat River Fly Fishing & Guided Trips in Chicago

Drift Boat River Fly Fishing & Guided Trips in Chicago

Get a great day of fly fishing for $375 per day in Chicago, IL Our Fly Fishing guide service is committed to providing a quality experience on the Kankakee River. You'll spend your trip on a Boulder Boat Works drift boat. Fishing the river from this fly fishing specific craft offers comfortable access to long stretches of river and creates a stealth factor that maximizes top water potential and fishing shots in general. You'll primarily target smallmouth bass, although the river holds healthy populations of walleye, sauger, northern pike, gar, channel catfish, rock bass, drum, carp and other rough fish. Of the nearly 20 miles that I guide, 11 are largely undeveloped, passing through the Kankakee River State Park. Bald eagle, osprey, beaver, white-tail deer and other wildlife are often sighted in this area. - We endorse catch-and-release, barbless angling in order to sustain a healthy fishery and keep all anglers safe. - All trips accommodate up to two anglers. Pricing is the same for one or two anglers. - Day use of premium, high performance gear is included in the cost of your trip. Sage Method and One fly rods, Waterworks/Lamson reels and Rio Fly lines are among my guiding equipment. And, if you prefer, you may also bring your own gear. - Weather appropriate clothing, a hat, polarized sunglasses and an Illinois fishing license are the only things you'll need to bring. Waders are optional. You will need to purchase an Illinois fishing license online. And, I suggest you bring your camera to record your memories. While fishing tends to be a priority, meals are taken seriously. Lunch is provided on full day trips. It is YOUR day on the water. Allow us to customize your trip by telling me what you hope to get out of the experience.

Captain is included.
A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
Capacity
2 guests
Powerboats, Pontoons, & RIBs
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Owner:Will

Just over an hour's drive from Chicago, through the cornfields of Illinois, runs a particularly scenic and well-preserved stretch of the Kankakee River. Captain Will Winans of Big River Fly Fishing specializes in drift boat trips through this productive smallmouth bass fishery and other scenic waterways in Illinois.Big River Fly Fishing guide service is committed to providing a quality experience on the Kankakee River. You'll spend your trip on a Boulder Boat Works drift boat. Fishing the river from this fly fishing specific craft offers comfortable access to long stretches of river and creates a stealth factor that maximizes top water potential and fishing shots in general.You'll primarily target smallmouth bass, although the river holds healthy populations of walleye, sauger, northern pike, gar, channel catfish, rock bass, drum, carp and other rough fish. Of the nearly 20 miles that I guide, 11 are largely undeveloped, passing through the Kankakee River State Park. Bald eagle, osprey, beaver, white-tail deer and other wildlife are often sighted in this area.For the Novice Angler:I have 15 years of fly fishing instruction under my belt. Take advantage of it. Fly casting is a central part of the sport and can make for really successful day on the river. I have a progressive method of teaching that will familiarize you with the fundamentals and physics of fly casting. And because fly fishing is largely a sport of basic observation, you'll learn to identify patterns and features of the river, giving you a skill set you can take anywhere.For the Seasoned Angler:Allow me to show you my home water, a river that I know intimately. Whether you are looking to sharpen your casting skills, learn the subtleties of smallmouth fishing or simply decompress for a day, I'm here to help. From one angler to another, I find great value in fishing with others. I truly believe this to be a sport where learning does not end.

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