Located in Northwestern Minnesota, the Otter Tail serves as one of the major tributaries to the Red River of the North, joining with the Bois de Sioux River to form the headwaters of the Red River at Breckenridge, MN. Waters of the Red River watershed ultimately flow north into Hudson Bay.
The Otter Tail has a diverse and prolific fishery; special regulations have produced trophy sized smallmouth bass, in addition to healthy populations of northern pike, walleye, channel catfish and panfish. Muskellunge and lake sturgeon can also be caught in these waters, though on rare occasion. The Otter Tail serves as a haven for a multitude of non-game fish species, including carp, bigmouth buffalo, several species of redhorse and suckers, freshwater drum, and goldeyes, to name just a few. You truly can never tell what is going to be on the end of your line; adding to the excitement.
Roughfisher Fly Fishing specializes in the pursuit of roughfish on the fly. Guided trips typically take place downstream of Fergus Falls, MN. Enjoy the opportunity to sight fish to tailing carp, nymph to holding buffalo, or fish dry flies to rising goldeyes in the evening. A variety of fishing and casting techniques can be utilized to match most any angling situation, including my unique approach of drifting nymphs to holding roughfish, much like the steelheaders of the Northwest and Great Lakes. Two handed casting techniques are especially effective when fishing in this manner. All trips are walk and wade and can be tailored to meet the needs of anglers of all abilities. We offer trips with single or double handed rods, or a combination both. For those anglers seeking a more traditional quarry, smallmouth bass and/or northern pike trips are also an option. Guided trips are also available at other locations across Minnesota; A travel surcharge may apply.
Casting and fly tying instruction are available. I am also available to speak at your club or group meetings. Contact us for more information, booking fees, and rates.
Full Day (8 hours)
One Angler $200
Two Anglers $300
Half Day (4 hours)
One Angler $150
Two Anglers $250
One or Two Students $50 first hour/$35 each additional hour; additional students extra
Hourly and Package rates are also available
Booking and Cancellation Policy:
A 50% deposit on a credit card is due at time of booking for all full and half day trips. Deposits are fully refundable for cancellations at least 1 week (7 days) prior to scheduled trip, less a $30 processing fee. No shows are charged full trip price.
We will notify you if weather or water conditions require cancellation or rescheduling of your trip. In such a case a full refund will be made if other arrangements cannot be made. Trips shortened due to inclement weather are subject to a partial refund or rain check, at the sole discretion of the guide.
Balance due prior to departure. Gratuities appreciated.
What to Bring:
- A valid Minnesota angling license. Anglers are responsible for purchasing their licenses. Contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources or an ELS agent for more information on licensing requirements and fees.
- Polarized Sunglasses
- Appropriate seasonal clothing. Minnesota is known for sudden and/or extreme weather changes and conditions. Please come prepared. Dress in layers.
- Waders and/or wading boots. Shore fishing only trips are available, upon request.
Food and beverage are not provided on guided trips.
Roughfisher Fly Fishing practices CPR, catch, photo and release, and is a partner in the Clean Angling Pledge.
All flies, leaders, and tippet will be provided. Premium rods and reels are also available for use, though you are encouraged to bring your own equipment. A 9 foot 7 weight rod will satisfy most angling situations on the Otter Tail, though heavier rods may be desired when pursuing pike. Contact us to verify that what you bring is appropriate.
Day trips begin early: Expect to be on the water by 8:00 AM and finishing up at around 4:00 PM. Start times for half day trips will vary, typically starting at 8:00 AM lasting until noon, and late afternoon through the evening hours. Evening trips start at 5:30 PM, and last until dark. We will do our best to work around the times that you want to fish and then match them to the best fishing hours. We fish rain, snow, or shine; hot, windy, or cold. Bring the appropriate clothing for the conditions. All trips begin and end at the discretion of the guide.
Transportation to and from local area hotels can be arranged upon advanced notice. This includes the Detroit Lakes and Fergus Falls area. Pickup in the Fargo/Moorhead area available for an additional fee.
Anglers are advised to come prepared: get a full night’s sleep and arrive well fed and hydrated. Come with an open mind and a realistic set of expectations. Alcohol use will not be permitted during trips and shuttle service.
For further information or questions relating to the fish you would like to target please contact us. Let us know if there is anything that we can provide to make your trip more enjoyable.
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