Breakaway Classic Adventures
Breakaway Classic Adventures
Breakaway Classic Adventures

Nipigon River Backcountry
Nipigon, Ontario, Canada

"An Ontario physician took a breather from the day's efforts. From the river's bank he gazed at the cloud of insects hovering above the tailrace pool that formed below Rabbit Rapids, a mile below Virgin Rapids, near the spot where the Nipigon River escapes Lake Nipigon.

The river had already garnered a worldwide reputation as having the continent's best brook trout fishing. In 75 years since its lode had been discovered, big brook trout had become the norm. There were even reports of several 20-pounders.

The doctor was said to be using a 5-ounce fly rod, and the fish's strike was so strong the the rod doubled over. The fish weighed 14 1/2 pounds and measured 31 1/2 inches in length and 23 inches in girth." Dr. Cook's world record still stands today.

Karas, Nick. Brook Trout 1997.


The Nipigon River, Nipigon, Ontario, Canada is the noted for it's very large speckled trout more commonly referred to as 'Brook Trout'. The Nipigon is still one of the best Brook Trout rivers in all of North America, producing trout in the 4 -6 pound range on a regular basis with the possibility of landing another world record of 14 plus pounds. Fly fishing for Brook Trout extends the entire 32 mile stretch of the Nipigon River descending 300 feet from its out pouring from Lake Nipigon before empting into Lake Superior. Fly fishing is done mostly form a motorized classic 26' river canoe. This is a remote backcountry trip but with all the comforts and amenities of home with the exception of electricity. There are no lodges nor even private residences on the river, a truly unspoiled wilderness with low to moderate fishing pressure. The physical difficulty level is low, no hiking nor climbing and the fly fishing skill levels required range from beginner to advanced, something for everyone.

SEASON: Spring season begins at the end of May and runs through to the end of June. Late summer season last two weeks of August.

TRIP INCLUDES: Backcountry Accommodations, Meals, Ontario Conservation Fishing License, Airport Shuttle from Thunderbay, Ontario and Guided Fly Fishing for both Sinlge Handed and Spey Rods.

LODGING: Accommodations are in a boat to riverside camp on the banks of the Nipigon Rivier, a short distance from where Dr. Cook landed his 14.5 pound bemouth. Roomy 10'x 12' wall tents for anglers are equipped with comfortable oversized cots, rugs, tables and chairs. Meals are served in a separate dining and kitchen tent.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Breakfast, lunch and supper are all included. Beginning with a hot and healthy breakfast that will carry you right through to lunch served back at the camp. At the end the day sit down to a rewarding full course meal that will range from Montreal steaks, Chiavettas chicken to mouth watering 100% Angus beef burgers and of course the occasional pan fried trout. Refreshments of alcoholic beverages of wine or beer must be picked up in town before arriving to camp.

TRIP LENGTH: Flexible - Minimum 3 days to a Maximum 7 days or any number in between


• Bring along a few fly rods from 5-10 weights both in single handed versions and 13’- 15’spey rods.

• A quality reel with a smooth drag system is a must as is several hundred yards of 30 lb backing.

• Intermediate to fast sinking shooting heads are the norm but floating lines can be used during evening hatches and to present a killer mouse on the surface.

• Leaders and tippets range from 3' to 12' with a breaking strength of 6 lbs to 15 lbs.

• Good quality waders with boat friendly soles (no studs allowed) and required to get in and out of the canoe during launch and landings and double as rain pants.

• A rain coat, multiple layers for cold and windy days add to the anglers comfort and make for enjoyable long days on the water and protection against the elements.

• Biting bugs in the early part of the season can be plentiful so pack some insect repellent.

• An inflatable fly vest or suspenders are a good substitute to a bulky life jacket and should be worn at all times on the water.

• Personal gear is up to you but you'll need a sleeping bag good to minus 15 degrees Celsius.

• All flies and tippet material are provided by your guide but visit our fly shop:

Breakaway Classic Adventures
9673 Route 19, Houghton, NY 14744
(716) 698-0845

for specific Nipigon River Brook Trout flies if you prefer to purchase your own.


• 3 Day Nipigon River Trip - $Call USD first rod, additional days at $Call USD.

• An additional rod is $Call USD per day with maximum two rods per trip.

• 7 Day Nipigon River Trip - $Call USD for the first rod and $Call USD for a second rod sharing tent and guide.

• Not included - alcohol and tips.

• Rates are subject to change without notice.


The following applies to all trips booked and organized by Breakaway Classic Adventures:

50% deposit per rod of the total package cost for each trip is due at time of booking to secure the trip reservation.

Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure and start of trip.


Trip packages are non-refundable, it is highly recommended that you purchase trip insurance in the event that you have to cancel, for any reason.