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Big River Fly Fishing

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Kankakee, IL, USA
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About Big River Fly Fishing
Big River Fly Fishing is a guide service designed to introduce the sport of fly fishing and promote the Midwest as a world class fishery. I grew up on the Kankakee River and have been entranced, obsessed with the sport of fly fishing since I was eleven or so. I've spent years living in New York and Western Montana, and honestly, this home water fishery rivals it all. This guide service will strive to provide memorable trips on the Kankakee and share the love for the river's history, ecology, conservation efforts, and of course, fly fishing.
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cbacklos wrote a review Sep 2021
Chicago, Illinois2 contributions
We went fly fishing with Will and highly recommend Big River Fly if you want to catch Smallmouth in IL. From start to finish, Will was helpful to ensure we had an enjoyable time on the river. He even let me borrow sunglasses since I left mine in the truck. He gave us a short cast lesson when we got on the boat to build on our prior trout fishing experience and gave us helpful feedback throughout. Will shared a ton of knowledge about fishing but also the local habitat and area. Oh yea, and Will put us on fish!
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Brendan V wrote a review Aug 2021
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Incredible experience fishing with Will. He was very knowledgable of the water and a great teacher. He was encouraging and positive while getting us on fish. He was the consummate professional but also easy going and a great conversationalist. I can't wait to get back on the water with him.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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nathan w wrote a review Jun 2021
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Captain Will was an excellent guide! My brother and I had zero fly fishing experience and yet Will was very patient. He taught us what we needed to know and then went from there. He was very informative about the river and fly fishing in general. I would fish with him anytime. My brother caught a 4-pound smallmouth! Fishing with Will is a great way to explore the Kankakee River!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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BoardingPass580922 wrote a review Nov 2020
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We can’t say enough about Captain Will Winans and his expertise fly fishing the Kankakee! He not only put us on fish, but most importantly taught us technique and what to look for on the river to enhance success. He improved our knowledge greatly!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Don R wrote a review Oct 2018
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Can't say enough about Capt Will and his knowledge of the Kankakee River! I've wade fished the Kankakee many times over the last several years but this was my first time floating it. My friend RB Steve had been wanting to get me to try drift boat fishing for quite a while. I'm so very glad I took him up on his generous offer! Please pardon the pun, but now I'm hooked! Will's boat was comfortable and very stable. Will even put up with my terrible humor. Kudos to anyone that can do that. Water temps had dropped about 18 degrees in the 48 hours before our trip. Not sure about Steve but my expectations, due to the conditions, were rather low. Suffice it to say, we landed way more fish than I thought we would! Here's a photo of a pair of smallmouth bass that Steve and I caught at the same time. If you have the opportunity to take a guided trip by Capt Will, do not pass it Up!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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