• Accepting reservations for Spring/Summer of 2018. Book your trip.
  • Gift certificates available. Contact Capt. Will Winans.
  • Current fly tying classes at Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters with Capt. Will Winans:
Interemediate Fly Tying, Baitfish patterns for smallmouth bass. Wednesday, December 6th, 6:30-8:30pm.

Introduction to Fly Tying (3-session class). Wednesdays, January 3rd, 10th and 17th.
Visit Chicago Fly Fishing Outfitters for class details.


 Despite a rainy 2017, I'm seeing some of the best fishing this season in years, here in Illinois. The Big River's producing some excellent days with a nice range of healthy, hard fighting smallmouth.

Some dates for September and October are available. Email willwinans@bigriverfly.com to set up a trip or reserve a date for 2018.

Learn fundamentals of casting efficiency, improve your technical streamer and topwater game. Enjoy a beautiful river and gain insight on an overlooked and prolific world-class smallmouth bass fishery.

Fly Fishing the Kankakee River

Booking now for spring/summer 2017.


Get ready for 2017 on the river.  Contact me today to set up your trip.
Winter has been mild and stable conditions over the last several months bode well for this year on Illinois waters. 
Experience the incredible and little-known resources that Illinois has to offer fly anglers.
                                    Capt. Will Winans