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Fly Fishing the North Shore: Grand Marais Area   

The North Shore area of Lake Superior provides some highly prized fly fishing opportunities. Many inland lakes are stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout, and are accessible by float tube. Tributaries to Lake Superior contain trout and salmon species and are accessible by foot. This course is for the fly fisher who wants to learn about equipment selection, knots, casting and fly fishing in general. Students will learn how to identify fish, how fish forage, equipment use and how to choose appropriate flies.

This course includes extensive flyfishing practice on Lake Superior shoreline, streams and inland lakes. Each day begins at North House Folk School with lecture and discussion, then moves outdoors to apply learned skills. Depending on weather conditions, we’ll either fish several selected inland lakes using float tubes and/or will practice streamside fishing with instruction. This course is designed to provide a foundation for fly fishing lakes and streams anywhere, with emphasis on fishing the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. Course materials provided by the instructors will include fly tippet, leaders, a fly box with a selection of flies, and a lanyard with small tools. Students who do not own a float tube, a fly rod/reel, waders, or fins should contact the to discuss borrowing the limited amount of loaner equipment.

Note, this course is largely field based. Weather permitting, students will spend large amounts of time in remote locations without cell phone reception and a long distance from emergency services. People with medical issues or other concerns about performing light exercise in remote areas should contact North House to discuss.


Required Tools


You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Minnesota fishing license (trout stamp required for ages 18-64; see regulations for other exceptions)
  • Fly Rod and Reel (a 5 to 7 weight is a preferred weight for our fishing needs)
  • Floating line (weight should match the size reel you have)
  • Chest High Waders (the preferred waders are ones that require a separate pair of wading boots as
  • opposed to the neoprene type of waders with the boots attached)
  • Pair of fins (that cover your wading boots)
  • Float Tube
  • Personal Floatation Device (PDF)

Optional Tools

  • polarized glasses
  • mosquito repellent
  • sunblock


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