Smallmouth Bass Fly-Fishing Guides

Guided Fly-Fishing Trips for Smallmouths

Ely, Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and Quetico are home to world class Smallmouth Bass Fishing and Smallmouth Bass on a fly rod are absolutely dyn-o-mite!! When the water begins to warm you can find one of our favorite targets–Smallmouth Bass. If you haven’t fished for Smallies, you’ve got to try it! These fish fight harder pound-for-pound than any other freshwater fish. Unlike Largemouth Bass that give up after a few short bursts Smallies never quit fighting.

The action is absolutely amazing! The Smallmouth Bass is one of the most prized game fish of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Quetico and the perfect adversary for the fly fishing angler. These rod bending, surface smacking “bronze-backs” readily attack top water presentations, and are a consistent producer throughout the canoe season. Their relentless fighting ability is known everywhere, thus providing the perfect adversary for the fly fisher-person to test their abilities against. This trip will focus on the special techniques required to catch these fish and will incorporate casting techniques, fly tying, and catch and release.

Trip Includes: Guide, Boat (or canoe) & Gas

FULL DAY – 8 hours: Rate (1-2 people): $450.00 per trip
Additional people – $100.00 per person

6 hours: Rate (1-2 people): $400.00 per trip
Additional people – $75.00 per person

HALF DAY – 4 hours: Rate (1-2 people): $325.00 per trip
Additional people – $50.00 per person

*Max. total of 5 people
*Permit fee of $10 may apply

Want a second guide for the following boat? Call for info!

DOES NOT include BWCA permit, MN fishing license, Forest Service Tax or guide gratuity.

Guided Smallmouth Bass Fly-Fishing Trips Include:

Your Guide will be supplying in addition to the boat or canoe:

  • Gas
  • Life Jacket
  • Permit (depending on trip requested)

Here are some essentials that you should bring with you for a more enjoyable day trip:

  • Rod and Reel – call to discuss what you should bring
  • Good Raingear
  • Warm Layers
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Fishing Licenses
  • Beverages & Snacks

What time do you start & where do you meet the guide?

  • After reserving a trip, we will discuss with you the start time and to either meet at the resort or an Ely lake. Full or half day morning trips generally start at 6:30-7:30am. Full days are 8 hours on the water, half days are 4 hours.