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Guiding in Southern Ontario
Instead of branding our own guiding program we work as a referral service connecting our customers with established guides across Southern Ontario and let them do what they do best. Here at Drift we recognize the value of having a group of guides and instructors we can rely on for quality instruction and time on the water. The founder of our company was a guide on the waters of Southern Ontario and recognizes the merits, quality and integrity of professional, full-time guides.
Tyler grew up in Southern Ontario and has been fishing it's rivers since he was five years old. Tyler is now settled on the banks of the Grand River in Paris, Ontario running Fly Water Guiding. He draws from his extensive experience having lived and guided in various Canadian fly fishing hot spots. He has guided on the Miramichi River in New Brusnwick for Atlantic Salmon, British Columbia for trout including Vancouver Island steelhead. Also, he as lived and guided in Argentina & Chile in the famous Patagonia region for trout, and Tierra Del Fuego's Sea Run Browns. When not fly fishing, guiding or exploring the river, he spends time tying flies for the next fishing opportunity.
For lessons, clinics and special events hosted and taught by Graham Bristow please check out his site or on our Education & Events page.
Graham is one of Ontario's top full time independent river fishing guides who teaches and guides over 200 days a year. In the last 15 years as a professional guide Graham has had the opportunity to guide and teach over 2000 anglers!
Living and guiding in what may be considered the best fly fishing area in all of Southern Ontario, Graham offers guided trips for trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, musky, and pike on 13 rivers in his area.
Graham is the first and only guide in Ontario who is an expert at modern fly fishing methods, traditional fly fishing methods, and is currently the top centerpin fishing guide and instructor in Ontario. Graham is also known as an easy going, friendly and patient guide that loves working with beginner and advanced anglers.
Always striving to bring his clients the best experience and education possible, Graham has fished and trained with other expert anglers, top fishing guides, a USA national fly fishing coach, as well as numerous TV fishing show hosts, fishing authors, and has fished with magazine owners and writers from all around the great lakes region. Graham's has been featured on numerous fly fishing shows and he has been featured in fishing books, fishing magazines and has been a presenter at many local fishing clubs.
Also an accomplished and innovative fly tier, Graham uses mostly custom tied flies for guiding which catch many, many trophy fish for his clients. His custom flies are being used with great success by many Ontario anglers.
Due to his expert skills and professionalism Graham is a recommended guide at numerous fishing stores across Ontario.
Ian Troup - Into the Backing
Ian has been a fly fishing guide and professional instructor for close to 20 years with a passion for education. Ian's top priority is improving your fly fishing skills to have more fun on the water. Ian is one of the first and only to offer guiding & instruction on stillwater (lake) angling and European techniques, with unmatched expertise on UK lake techniques including loch style, new approaches to fishing streamers and wet flies with mastery in European dry fly and nymphing.
A firm believer that you never stop learning, Ian spends his free time improving on the latest and most innovative techniques to pass along to clients. Ian fishes regularly with the best anglers across the globe, including multiple World and National Champions and guiding mentorship from the late Ian Colin James.
Ian has a passion for competitive angling and coached the first and only all women team to compete in the Canadian National Championships. Ian is the former Canadian National Vice champion and current member of Team Canada, having the honour to represent Canada internationally, including Team Canada’s first ever Gold Medal performance at the 2016 Commonwealth championships with Silver the following year, most recently competing at the World Fly Fishing championships in Tasmania.
Ian was certified as a FFF Fly Casting instructor in 2008 by renowned casting expert Bruce Richards. Ian's guides on his home waters of the Grand, Maitland, Bayfield and Saugeen rivers for steelhead, resident trout and smallmouth bass with access to private trout lakes .
Mike Verhoef & Neil Leduc
Fly Fitters offers guided fly fishing, spey fishing, and sport fishing adventures on the Maitland River, Bayfield River, and Saugeen River in SW Ontario, along the shore of Lake Huron, located near the town of Goderich, Ontario. With over 30 yrs experience fishing these rivers their in-depth knowledge will allow you to have a very rewarding day on the river!
Fly Fitters is the premier fly fishing guiding operation along Ontario’s West Coast and they are located right on the doorstep of the scenic Maitland River near the hamlet of Benmiller. They provide all levels of anglers with exceptional fly fishing and outdoor fishing experiences.
Their livelihood relies on the healthy aquatic ecosystem of the local waterways. They strive to conserve, protect and rehabilitate them. Fly Fitters practices only catch and release for all of their fishing adventures and they
encourage other anglers to do the same!
For more details and information please visit www.flyfitters.ca
Jeff is a full time Fly Fishing Guide. This is not just his hobby, he is passionate about getting you out fly fishing on the beautiful rivers of South Central Ontario, and he feels privileged to do it for a living. He has been running Calmwaters Fly Fishing for 8 years and has been guiding professionally for more than 10 years. He picked up a fly rod early in his life and has been casting flies for almost 40 years now. Jeff teaches single-hand as well as spey casting.
Making people feel comfortable and relaxed is how Jeff brings out the fly angler in his guests. Jeff's ability to impart his knowledge of fly fishing to his guests is second to none, but he believes the experience of being on the river is as important as the technical portion of the day.
Fresh to Fly Fishing? Experienced angler? Somewhere in between? Jeff loves to guide all levels and ages of people!
His Learn to Fly Fish courses will create enough technical know how and confidence to enable the new fly angler to venture out on their own on our wild Ontario rivers. That is his goal. He wants you to enjoy the learning experience. He wants you to feel confident about your new knowledge and skills.
Experienced angler? Looking for a trophy brown trout or a fresh steelhead? He knows the rivers and has the experience to hook you up.
Corporate Fly Fishing Days are a specialty of Calmwaters and Jeff Parks. He loves to see a corporate day come together and be part of your team building experience with colleagues or customers on the Grand River in Fergus Ontario.
Jeff guides on all rivers in South Central Ontario and spends many a day on the Grand River tailwater for brown trout, the Maitland River and Saugeen River for steelhead, trophy smallmouth bass, and musky. He will go anywhere for fish!
Calmwaters' Fly Fishing Guide, Jeff Parks, can be found on Twittter @ParksJeff