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Great Lakes
Fly Shop

4426 Regent Street
Duluth, MN 55804

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Friday: 9 am - 6:00pm
Sat: 9 am - 5:30pm


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Great Lakes Fly Shop

....A Full Service Fly Shop serving Minnesota's Northshore of Lake Superior, Wisconsins Bois Brule River, the St. Louis River, the Mississippi River and Boundry Waters Canoe Area. I am always exploring new waters...Follow me on Facebook! 


A true thank you to everyone who attended our first annual spey clave. It was a great success! A big Thank You to Dave Pinczkowski, Tim Pantzlaff, and Matt Jordan for making this event go as smooth as it did. "Hey guys your spey casting demonstrations on the Lester River was incrediable!"



With the coming of the Brule River opener on the 28th of March and a fantastic Spring. The river looks to run free again. Shedding some ice along it's shores will come soon!

Great Lakes Fly Shop would like to take this moment to welcome CF Burkheimer Fly Rods to the Shop. "Kerry Burkheimer has created a niche in the fly rod industry and his reputation as one of the premiere rod designers shines with his series of Spey Rods"....taken from Steelhead Journal 2014 Issue. I look forward to working with Kerry and Randy and the rest of the crew at CF Burkheimer Fly Rods.



I urge everyone to watch this video. It clearly shows how much is at risk with proposed, as well as current mine operations going on in the South Eastern region of Alaska as well as Western Canada and is proposed for Northern Minnesota with the PolyMet Mine. With the introduction of Sulfide Mining operations going on in this country and in Canada I feel the majority of people are unaware of the grave risk that are involved. Please take time to contact your state and local representatives as well as key individuals in Washington. You need to know what is going on with big corporations and newly elected officials in Washington. Thank You.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Thursday Night Fly Tying Get togethers! We had a Blast!! See ya next season!! Cheers!

Matt Jordan, gracing us with his knowledge and expertise in tying the "Show Girl" Lots of fun on Thursday NIght Fly Tying Sessions! See ya next season! It was a blast!!

Now in Stock!! SpeyCo Black and Silver Snake Roll Skagit Spey Reel. Available in 4 inch size and SpeyCo Black and Silver Switch Reels. Available in 3 3/4 inch size. Please call the shop for purchasing information and performance information on these fantastic reels. I use the 3 3/4 inch on my 11' 6" Switch and it balances line and rod perfectly. Check them out at Great Lakes Fly Shop, or at the Great Lakes Fly Fishing Expo on March 20 to 22nd or at our upcoming SPEYCLAVE happening here at the shop on April 18th. See UPcoming Events for more details!  Cheers! "Drink Good Bourbon and Fight Fish"!!

Great Lakes Fly Shop would like to take this moment to welcome Speyco Reels to the shop. Tim and his crew produce some of the finest traditional Spey/Steelhead reels in the market. Keeping a sound interest in getting their reels in the hands of hard working blue collar workers Tim keeps his reels priced at a level that we can appreciate and feel comfortable using as intended! With their addiction to perfection and inovation in building the finest traditional Spey/Steelhead reels it is an honor to have them in stock! 

After years of splicing, welding, and testing "Franken-Lines", Airflo has produced the best weight forward switch line on the market. Based loosely on the popular Rage shooting head, the Super-Dri Switch Float has a compact weight-forward head designed specifically to compliment todays shorter switch rods. The special front taper is capable of casting any leader and fly combination, and is even able to accommodate light sink tips. 10' Floating PolyLeader included.


New to the two hand game, and are not sure what to line that new switch rod with? Airflo made it easy! An evolutionary step from our popular Skagit Switch design, the Super-Dri Streamer Switch features an aggressive front taper with a shorter, heavier head designed to make tip tossing a dream. Specifically designed to easily load modern switch and short spey rods, the Streamer Switch will help anglers of any level of skill or experience cast more efficiently and effectively. 10' Fast Sink PolyLeader included.

Fly Fishing Film Tour on Mar. 28th 2015 at Minneapolis Parkway Theater 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM Shows.

Great Lakes Fly Fishing Expo on March 20th,21st, and 22nd,  2015 at the National Sports Center in Blaine MN.  

 April 18th Saturday, First Annual SPEYCLAVE is a must attend event if are even slightly interested in using or owning a Spey or Switch Rod. Topics will include Casting, Equipment, Talk the Right Talk, Tying some cool shit flies, and the showing of SKAGIT MASTER at Pocket Water Cinema with FREE popcorn!! and much much more. The guys from SpeyCO, and THE Matt Jordan, will be here to grace us with their knowledge and experince!! It will be held at the shop and at the Lester River. Join us around 10.00 AM and stay as long as you want, well I close at 5:30!!







Two new products added to our On Line Shopping Catalog and your Wish List!!

Lady Amherst Center Tail Feathers. These are all #1 full length center tail feathers. For large Salmon fly wings and Intruders!!
Bug Collars. Bug Collars are doughnut shaped beads that have a small cone on one side and a countersunk hole on the other. The cone side is designed to fit snugly behind most similarly sized or larger beads or cones


 Big Fat Mama Frog #2/0.!Lots of pop and a super big size to match. This is the fly to lure the big ones to the top. You do not need to move the line or rod much to get a super big pop out of it. Plop it in the weeds or back bays on a quiet evening where it is total silence and watch out. Great in faster current rivers! This fly is so realistic the local beavers tried to hump it!!!

Nice Steelie this Fall!

Now in stock. Assorted sizes and colors Gamakatsu Octopus Hooks. See Shop Online for details!

Now getting some Schlappen Bundles in stock. Check Shop online for available colors and sizing!



  • Pocket Water Cinema presents:

See you at the April 18th Speyclave. We will present "Skagit Master 4"


The new Echo Prime Fly Rod is the latest creation from fly rod designer Tim Rafeff. I was a little freaked out when the rod showed up at the shop in a 9 foot one piece rod tube. How long has it been since the fly rod industry produced a ONE peice fly rod? I love it, no ferrules to check!!! I couldnt wait, I strung the rod up with Airflo's 40 Plus and took it out! The rod is very smooth which is surprising on a rod with a lot of punch in it.  At 8' 10" it delivers big Dahlbergs and Blockheads at fast precision speeds and if you put them in the wrong place the rod has a strong back bone blank which allows quick pick up and easy redelivery. But yet still displays a nice soft tip. When out fishing with it  I was amazed on what the rod does when it sets the hook on a nice smallmouth or largemouth. Fast and very smooth., watch out when the fish bucks though the rod reacts with a quick recovery slap. The rod holds the fish and brings it to the  boat with lots of power. This rod is a fantastic machine to cast and fight fish with, the very light weight will couple real nice with a fine light weight fly reel. Don't let this one get away, buy it!!!!


What a day, thought about hangin around the shop. Said Hell No, went to "a Lake" First cast in around 5 t0 10 min. on the lake. Holy Smokes, he ate it. Thought it was a big walleye before he jumped. 7lbs on the Boga, fit head to tail on the landing net and the loop is 22". So next time you think about hangin around work, GO FISHIN!!!!

Great Lakes Fly Shop would like to take this moment to welcome Boogle Bug to the shop. With their awsome reputation for producing top end poppers and sliders I have no doubt they will do well in our area. Look for them in the on line shopping cart or stop by the shop and pick up a dozen or so!!

Just got done with this one this week. My new pattern "Cottonmouth Psycho Billy" It kicks ass!!

New Fire Tiger Musky Double!

The best fly fishing map you can buy!! A map and a passion!! You can't get better info than that!!

It's time for some Hog Farmin! Get 'em up and through the pads! Throw the Dahlberg in the cabbage in a small opening and hold on! Damn Son, ooooh! No better time!!


Need brushing up on your casting? Feel you are in need of some great one on one casting instruction? Just getting started in fly fishing and would love to learn to cast the right way and not learn bad habits? Have a dip in the elbow and don't know if that is effecting your casting? If you feel you've answered "Why Yes!" to all the above questions then give Great Lakes Fly Shop a buzz for additional information and let's set up your Fly Casting Instruction this summer. Or check out "Classses" on the left tool bar. Katherine is a Certified Instructor and life member of the Federation of Fly Fishers. She is also a very involved member of the Arrowhead Fly Fishers here in Duluth. Katherine can be reached at her Web Page www.duluthflyfishing.com.  or by contacting her through her email: naturegirl669@gmail.com.  See you there.

As I sit here in the shop enjoying a relaxing evening after a busy day with a tank of Woodford Reserve I received this picture and info from Ken about how Intruders and Switch Rods work. A fish that has changed his life! I am amazed how we here in the Northland of Minnnesota and Wisconsin are expanding more and more into this concept and feeling closer to our rivers and enviroment when we can drop the "bobbers" and swing for truely wild steelhead. Switches, Speys and Intruders, look for more delights in the future to come our way up here in this pristine country we call the Northland. Thanks Ken!!

The best pair of waders with the smoothest style of technology has arrived here at the shop. Patagonia's Rio Gallegos Zip Front Waders!! I have a pair and believe me they kick ass! Love the fit. The zipper does not leak as some would say and it makes it way easier to get on and off. Great flex in the knees great zippered storage side pockets with fleece lining for great warmth in our colder climate. Reinforced wool lined booty with welded tape. Single seam construction adds to it's durability. Don't think you can get by with Grand Pa's Camo Neoprene Rubber Boot Foot Waders. You Won't! If the smell and sweating won't get ya the RTV hole plugger will. To get more specs on these waders and the bib style Rio Gallegos waders go to the on line shopping area.

Now in stock Derek DeYoung's MN's Brown Trout Flank Sticker!!! See online shopping to get one!!

The ECHO Ion reels are the best reel we've ever seen in the sub $100 category. They're made from what we call a "hybrid" design, cast in aluminum and then machined to provide the benefits of a machined bar stock reel without the high price associated with "fully" machined reels. All Ion reels are then coated with an impact-resistant, matte black finish to provide the best-looking, longest-lasting finish. Six sizes to fit any rod, starting with the 2/3 and finishing with the 10/12, which will hold the largest single-hand or two-handed lines with plenty of backing. ECHO Ion reels have stainless steel internal components and are primarily designed for fresh water use. They are not designed for, but can handle some exposure to salt providing extra care is taken to clean and lubricate them after each day on the water. At $79.95 retail for the three smaller reels and $99.99 for the three larger sizes, the ION reels are a "no brainer."

For the three larger reels we offer an optional heavier drag knob made from solid brass. This knob (sold separately) adds 2.3 oz to the reel weight, helping the reel balance with the longest two-hand rods. $15.99


Whether looking for your first two-hand rod or a great back-up, the ECHO Classic "Long" rods are the smoothest, easiest casting rods in their class. High-grade components and a classic Deep Emerald blank color mean these rods look as good as they fish. They have a crisp action and modest power, allowing performance over the largest range of fishing conditions using both floating and sink-tip lines. New for 2014 is the addition of Switch rods to the Classic range. Staying with the original intent of the Classic's rebirth is putting a fantastic rod in your hands at a great price. Echo took their time on the new ECHO Classic series of rods because they know that if you are satisfied with your first ECHO rod, you'll think about them when you're in the market for another rod. heck you might even tell your friends about Echo




John Fehnel Spey Casting on Northern California's Trinity River!!



See "What's New" on RL Winston's new BIIIX TH 11'6" 6wt. WOW this rod is everything you want in a great Switch Rod!! More Information is also at RL Winston's fantastic Web Page and this web under "On Line" shopping!!

I am excited to welcome Derek DeYoung Art products to the shop. In his artwork Derek combines his two passions, painting and fishing. The result is a visual celebration of fish. Derek is constantly pushing the limits by painting fish in beautiful and original ways. See "Shopping On Line" for products and details!


 I want to thank everyone who came to the Fly Tying get togethers on Thursday. It was an awsome turnout and some great tying took place. I will resume the tying again in October.

See "Whats New" about RL Winston's New....Boron III TH



Boron III TH

North Shore, Bois Brule, Alaska..Use as a trailer behind an Intruder! Feed the Brain..Beads are in!!





A start for a new Spring season! Some Hairy Ass Stones for the Brule in Wisconsin! Use below an Indicator or swing when the water gets warmer!The Steelhead love 'em!!

Early Sping on te Brule River in Wisconsin Fishpond Lumbar/Chest Packs and Backpack systems. Packs are here to stay, Vest are on their way out! With enough space to carry all the necessities and more to get the job done! Keep the essentials close at hand! Wear as Chest Pack or Lumbar Pack. Fishpond delivers!!





The takes were awsome with the HWY 53 North and the Takillya!

from another day with Tom

Laura enjoying some Brownie love on a local stream!

Minnesota has some awsome fly fishing awaiting you! Smallies are up and Brook and Browns are hitting buggers and McGinty's in smaller rivers up the shore and south of Duluth. Cheers!



The "Bruce Springstone" An old classic for early opener on the Brule in Wisconsin. Fly Fish Dead Drift and get it on the bottom!! Cheers!

I now stock Clear Cure Goo and Fish Skull products. Check out "On Line Shopping" to get more details.

The ultimate pigion killing machine in Duluth MN!!




Musky Doubles are now in stock! Get them while they last!

Musky Madness is soon approaching and you do not want to chase them without this fly. Brought to creation by Musky Guide Brian Porter it has and still brings the "Champions" to the boat everytime.  Coming in at a few inches shy of 12 this fly is coupled with massize 5/0 saltwater Gamakatsu hooks, the finest in production. Production was limited so get them while they last. Cast with Echo's Echo 3 10wt, Airflo's Forty Plus Cold Saltwater Fast Intermediate WF10F and you will get them in the danger zone.

 Hairy Ass Stone. Our local area favorite for Spring run and Fall run Steelhead. Perfect for highsticken' and swinging on the end. Use with lots of split shot during colder months and do the deaddrift. Fight fish and drink good bourbon!! Great for Brule River Steelhead!!



"Mud Wrestler" Crawdad.




Help Save Conserve Coaster Brook Trout!
See more info under "Whats New"

We are a unique fly shop in a very unique area of Lake Superior. We specialize in quality hand tied flies and information for fly fishing for Steelhead,Musky and Smallmouth in our region.

As we continue to find ways to protect and be less entursive to our Wild Steelhead our shop now sells and uses exculusively Ultra Lightweight Clear Injected Molded Bags with Soft Rubber Feel on all our Steelhead Nets and Boat Nets. These nets as you see are non abrasive on the fishes outer area as well alot easier to get the hook retrieved without fouling in the net which other nets seem to do so well.

















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