Big River Fly Fishing
Big River Fly Fishing
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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.
Kankakee, Illinois
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cbacklos
Chicago, IL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
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!
Written September 11, 2021
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magiera
Highland, IN1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Will is an excellent guide, I highly recommend his service. Not only did he have a thorough knowledge of the hot spots where we were fishing and the conditions of where to place the drop in each area, he also did a great job explaining how to fly fish and how to optimize the experience. Additionally, he was also able to talk about the areas adjacent to the river; ecosystems, flora and fauna. Overall it was a fantastic first time with Will and we definitely be calling him again for additional fishing experiences.
Written May 4, 2023
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Syork35
Chicago, IL5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
I spent a full day with Will and had an outstanding experience. I highly recommend his service. We drifted the Kankakee and caught Small Mouth Bass (too many to count!). Great day. He is very personable and knows this River like the back of his hand. Great instructor! This is one outdoor guide you must use!!!
Written August 5, 2022
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Andrew K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Will runs a well-oiled machine. He’s prompt with emails and on-top of meetup/drop-offs/lunch. Beyond getting the basics right, Will works his butt off to get you the best chance at fish. He has a rare and obsessive knowledge of the Kankakee River—making sure you’re on the best stretch for the day’s conditions.

My buddy and I caught some good fish, but would rebook even if we didn’t. Additionally, Will is an adaptive teacher, I believe that regardless of ability, Will will make you a better angler
Written October 30, 2022
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nathan w
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
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!
Written June 28, 2021
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Brendan V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
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.
Written August 16, 2021
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Mike O’Donnell
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
First time fly fishing for bass. Will was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, friendly, quality gear, and beautiful drift boat. We lost count of fish and caught some hogs!

I would highly recommend Will and can’t wait to take another trip!

Mike
Written October 22, 2023
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Patrick G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
What a great day on the water and only an hour from Chicago! Will is a fantastic guide. He is very talented, very patient and very informative. A great trip for beginners or experts alike. Don't think twice about this chance to fly fish for small mouth on the Kankakee River. The fish were amazing as well!
Written May 8, 2024
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Jon H
Chicago, Illinois, United States3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
We had a terrific experience fishing with Will of Big River Fly Fishing on the Kankakee and will definitely be back for another trip. Will is knowledgeable, a great teacher for beginners, patient and a really nice guy. He knows the river very well. Everything about our experience was first class (guide, equipment, etc.). I would highly recommend this trip.
Written August 3, 2015
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Colby S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Capt Will guided me on my first ever fly fishing experience. Within the first half hour he had me casting onto targets no problem. His instruction was spot on. I went there specifically to learn the fundamentals so I don’t develop bad habits trying to teach myself. Not only do I feel we accomplished that, we caught some smallies and I enjoyed all the beautiful Kankakee River has to offer! I’ll be back for sure.
Written August 18, 2018
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