About Us -Your Trout and Steelhead Specialists
My name is Graham and I have been guiding for over 20 years, fly fishing for over 36 years, and Centerpin fishing for over 31 years.
I run one of the top river guide services in the great lakes region with a team of great guides.
Over 3000 anglers have trusted me to teach them how to catch more fish and with hundreds of testimonials and a great reputation that was built over 20 years in the fishing industry, I am considered the top river guide in my area.
In my 36 years of fishing, I have had the opportunity to train with and fish with many great anglers including a world champion competition angler, a former head coach for Team USA fly fishing team, as well as other top river guides, and top competition anglers from around the world.
I have also learned so much from just being on the water guiding and teaching 7 days a week, and sometimes over 200 days a year.
Being on the water and teaching that many people how to fish over the last 20 years has made me an expert on teaching river fishing. I now spend a lot of my time teaching other river guides and competition anglers how to fish and guide better.
When I’m not teaching on the water, I can be found appearing on fishing shows, in books and magazines, and I have been a guest speaker at trade shows, seminars, fishing clubs, and fishing events.
Recently I have decided to I share all that knowledge on this website and it’s free.
Non-Biased and Honest – My Guaranty To You
I am definitely an opinionated guy when it comes to fishing, but I’m not biased and I don’t sell, push or recommend products that I don’t like or wouldn’t use myself, even if I could make a boat-load of money with them I still won’t recommend crappy products.
I have turned down pro-staff deals with big and small brands simply because I felt their products or service were not suitable for me and my clients.
You may not know this, but there are a lot of people with fishing websites that recommended crappy products. Products that they have never used and have no first-hand knowledge on, yet they recommend them either because they don’t know any better or simply because they make money on those products.
Yes, I admit that I do make a small commission on many of the products on this website. You didn’t expect I would put in thousands of hours a year to this free website and get nothing out of it, did you?
To be honest, just about every website you got to to learn about river fishing is doing the same thing, I just do it differently, I do it the no-BS way.
When I do my research I often find guys recommending crap fishing products that I wouldn’t use if the company gave them to me for free, I wonder why?
I often ask myself, why are so my websites recommending that one brands crappy waders or that crappy rod? Then after some research, I find out that that brand of crappy wader is giving them a 10% to 20% commission instead of the better wader brand only giving a 5% commission.
Ah-ha, that’s why they are recommending it, simply because they make more money on that brand’s products. This is a common practice in the blogging /website industry and it sucks for anglers that do not know any better.
I’d rather recommend a 5% commission product that is actually worth buying than ruin my 20-year reputation in the fishing industry recommending shitty products just for some extra money.
I am no longer on any companies Pro-Staff programs and that is my own choice. Not being on anyone’s prostaff means I am no longer obligated to recommend any companies products anymore.
My Guaranty To You
I am now free to recommend only what I think are the best methods and the products, and I can do so without being biased in any way. If I wouldn’t recommend a fishing method or a product to my father, my uncle, or my best fishing buddy, you won’t see me recommending it on this website, that is my guaranty to you.
I Love To Teach
Anyone that has been on the water with me knows that I love to teach people how to catch more fish.
I often give out so much information that I actually overwhelm my clients with information which is why I send them here.
A lot of the information on this website is meant to be a reference for my friends and clients and that means a lot of the information on this website is what you would get if you paid me over $500 a day to get on the water with me. But you get it free.
They say you learn things more deeply if you teach it and I have spent thousands of hours teaching thousands of students to fish better and I am a far better angler and teacher because of it.
Get Expert Advice
I wanted to make this a website where river anglers like you could get great advice from professional guides instead of needing to rely on advice from random anglers, so-called wanna-be experts, and bloggers that provide generic and often bad information.
I was frustrated when clients would show up to a guide trip with the wrong gear because someone recommended it on some fishing forum board or on a Facebook group.
I became frustrated when a client would show up with the wrong hand reel, or the wrong rod, or he was set up with the wrong line simply because the sales guy in the store recommended it or did it for him. Wrong gear just made my job of teaching and the student’s job of learning much harder.
I quickly learned that the world of river fishing was full of self proclaimed experts that didn’t even come close to being an actual expert.
Just imagine how good you would be if you spent 7 days a week, 8 hours a day, for 8 to 10 months, over 15 years on the water fishing, teaching, and observing what the fish do and what methods work and when.
That’s the kind of guy you want to learn from and I am that guy. I live and breathe river fishing and that has made me an expert guide, instructor, and river angler.
The advice you get here is advice obtained from guiding and teaching around 3000 anglers and from a guide who has spent more time on the water than 99% of anglers.
The information on this website is also an accumulation of knowledge I have obtained from other exceptional river guides and professionals anglers, and real experts on river fishing.
You Can Help
I want to make all those other crappy blog websites that recommend shitty products and bad advice obsolete, and you can help a lot by spreading the word and by sharing this website with your friends, family, and on your social media. Send them the link www.troutandsteelhead.net and let’s put a stop to those crappy websites pushing crappy products and bad advice!
This website is about getting the right advice from highly respected and experienced river fishing guides.
Graham filming another episode of The New Fly Fisher TV show. Graham On the far right after netting this steelhead
Graham out with George Daniel, author, former medal winner, and former head coach of Team USA – Fly Fishing Team
Filming For Browns
I’ve had the opportunity to film and learn from great anglers like Collin McKeown owner and host of the New Fly Fishing TV Show, along with other TV Hosts.
Lots Of Mentors
They say when you teach something you learn it deeper. As a top river guide, I can honestly say I have learned from thousands of anglers.
I have also been the top Musky guide on one of the Great Lakes and have guided for bass, pike, and walleye which has helped me be a very well-rounded angler and guide.
About 99% percent of the images on this website are originals and were taken by me, my clients, my guides, and my friends. Unlike other websites that buy their images, I have over 20,000 images from guide trips, fishing classes, and fishing trips that I will share with you. Images of products are likely from the sellers or manufacturers and are used with their permission. I hope you enjoy the fishy pics!