Algonquin Park is a special place, and its native brook trout are magnificent in their colours in spring and fall. Algonquin Park has the greatest concentration of brook trout water in the south, with a unique history (link here).
Ice out in late April until the first week of June is fly fishing season in the Park, when the streams are running, the fish are hungry, and are concentrated in the moving water. By mid summer they will have migrated to the cold lakes - still fishable, but with lower success on the fly as they are deep.
In the fall the brook trout return to the streams to stage for spawning. Mid to late September is ideal again, and the Park closes to fishing the end of September.
As the only dedicated fly fishing guide service in Algonquin Park (and catch and release only!) we have a number of isolated and seldom fished locations. The key is getting away from the crowds and working hard to get past the obvious spots that get heavily fished. We concentrate on the northern and eastern sides of the park, and combine canoe, hike, and even motor boat to get to our secret spots. These are ambitious and long days, but the payoff is a true Algonquin Park experience and potential for great fishing.
We offer an accessible Highway 60 corridor day trip option with easier access. We visit several streams, some more than a kilometer from the road, however the fishing sees more pressure here and lower density of fish.
Brook trout days are for experience fly anglers. You will cast a 1000 times and get only a couple of hits, so it is up to the angler to capitalize on the few hook set opportunities they will give you.
We will be using both streamers on sink tip lines and dry flies, sometimes wading and sometimes casting from a canoe. Expect to hike several kilometers in a day. The biting bugs can be bad. Sound like fun? If it was easy wouldn't everybody go there?
Note that Algonquin Park brook trout are magnificent to catch and hold, but these are not the 24" monsters you see from Labrador or Northern Manitoba. Over 12" is a great brook trout, and getting 16" is trophy sized. For relative ease of access and great fishing potential Algonquin Park brook trout are destination worthy.
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