Moose Track Adventures

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BWCA Fishing Guide Profiles

Moose Track Adventures a Boundary Waters Outfitter & Guide Service, located near Ely Minnesota specializes in guided Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCAW) and Quetico Provincial Park trips.  Moose Track Adventures guarantees our customers the most able and skilled fishing and canoe guides in the business.   Each one has extensive experience and knowledge guiding our customers into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and Quetico Provincial Park.  Whether you are interested in trophy fishing, fly-fishing, ecology, natural history, or just want the satisfaction of using a knowledgeable and qualified guide, Moose Track Adventures Guide Service will see to it that your needs are accommodated.


Jim Blauch:  Jim has been exploring the woods, paddling waterways and discovering wildlife since childhood. As a wilderness guide and previous owner of Four Seasons Adventures, he has introduced many people to the diversity of flora and fauna, natural history, and ecosystem ecology of northern Minnesota - not to mention lunker fish!   Jim holds degrees in wildlife management, chemistry, environmental studies, and graduate research in environmental biology. He has extensive interests and experience in wilderness ecology, natural history, backcountry skiing, skijoring, winter camping and wilderness preservation.  Customers rave about his fishing knowledge and instruction, wealth of local information, wilderness navigation abilities, enjoyable campfire stories and not to mention taste bud tantalizing meals.  He will provide you with an unforgettable wilderness adventure.

St Croix Rod - Pro Staff
Northland Tackle - Pro Staff
Scientific Angler - Pro Staff
FFF Certified Casting Instructor
FFF Guide Association
FFF Life Member

CERTIFIED Federation of Fly-Fishers Guide - available for lessons or guided day trips



Larry Zelenz:  Larry first paddled the Boundary Waters in 1977 as a guide for Camp Voyageur, which is still situated across Farm Lake from Moose Track Adventures.  He has returned to Ely to paddle for work or pleasure every year since. In 2010 he left a 30-year career as a college coach and teacher to spend more time on his dual passions of canoeing and fly fishing.  During that time he has lead outdoor experiences at two different colleges for students and staff on everything from winter expeditions in the BWCAW to backpacking in the canyon country of the desert southwest.  Larry now lives in Ely from May through September and resides the rest of the year in Duluth or wherever a fishing adventure might take him.  As a former instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, a Minnesota Master Naturalist, a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, a Certified Wilderness First Responder as well as a long time coach and teacher Larry is excited to share what he has learned in over 35 years of paddling in the Ely area with others who want to know more about this unique environment.

FFF Certified Casting Instructor
FFF Life Member
Minnesota Master Naturalist
Certified Wilderness First Responder

CERTIFIED Federation of Fly-Fishers Guide - available for lessons or guided day trips


Chris Parthun:   Chris, a veteran paddler of more than thirty years, brings a wealth of experience to our guiding team. He first canoed the Boundary Waters while in high school back in 1969 and has been returning ever since. Growing up backpacking and canoeing, as well as hunting and fishing with his father, taught him respect and appreciation for nature. Wilderness paddling has become his greatest passion and has enabled him to become an expert on gear, backcountry camping, and wilderness etiquette. In addition, Chris’ clients have marveled at his mouth-watering culinary skills. With separate degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography, Chris enjoys integrating his knowledge of the environment with an appreciation of where things are. Chris’ trips will always have you coming away with a better understanding of the wilderness, and a heightened appreciation for stewardship of our natural resources. His experience and dedication to his trips and our clients make him a joy to be with on any adventure you may want to take.

Tom Houghdahl:  Tom Hougdahl: Tom moved to Ely in 1997 with the intention of building, living and playing in the woods of Northern Minnesota. Patience, humor, love of people and comfort in the outdoors makes him uniquely qualified for those first-time paddlers and campers. "I love it when people get to see a moose for the first time, a child catches there first fish or a group is hushed by a wolf howl around a campfire, it reminds me again of why I live up north". Tom is an artist by trade and builds off-grid cabins as his full-time job.
  Adam Masloski:  If it has to do with being in the wilderness, Adam loves it! This love of the outdoors is what initially drew Adam to the Ely area. Two weeks of vacation every year just wasn’t cutting it for him, so he made the move to make a go of things in the beautiful Northwoods. Adam has been fishing since he can remember (much of it in the Ely area) and if the fish are biting on a particular lake, that’s where he’ll be. The best part is, after years of Boundary Waters trips and exploring the hundreds of lakes that Ely has to offer, he has found that they’re always biting somewhere. When not in the woods or on the lake, he works in town for the Timberjay Newspapers as a writer, photographer and ad salesmen. He also works part-time as the social worker at the Ely Nursing Home. The older folks have given Adam a great inside edge on some of the area’s long forgotten hot spots. Couple this knowledge with what he has learned on his own and the fishing is on. 



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Your Ely MN Guided Trip Expert - for everyone from novice to expert.  Our guided fishing, fly-fishing and canoe trips are designed to satisfy the particular experience you wish for in a northern MN vacation.

A premier Boundary Waters Outfitter specializing in only quality canoe camping gear for all your trip needs no matter how big or small your group size.  All of our canoe camping gear & kevlar canoes have been guide tested!

Certified Fly-Fishing Guides

 From beginners to advanced, our castings lessons can improve your fly-fishing techniques & casting.

593 Kawishiwi Trail
Ely, MN 55731






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