Meet the Guides

Mike Allen

Growing up in Illinois, Mike's early years were filled with many days spent along the local banks of the DuPage River, or pond hopping with a fly rod. He was lucky enough to have a father who put a fly rod in his hands at a young age, and in doing so Mike fly fished into his adult life. After military service he longed for something close to nature again, fly fishing would soon again fill this void.

In 1992, the Dupage Rivers Fly Tying Club became a mainstay in Mike's fishing and fly tying, and he has remained closely involved for the past 20 years. He now makes his home in the Fox River Valley, close to the His home waters of the Fox and DuPage Rivers, just two of the many watersheds in Northern Illinois that he has come to know and love.

Mike has fished all these rivers extensively over many years, and looks forward to sharing these truly special waters with you. He enjoys all kinds of fishing, but specializes in warm water fly fishing for native Smallmouth Bass, Carp, and Pike.


Captain Kurt Nelson

Kurt Nelson grew up in Fox River Valley of Illinois,  in the western suburbs of Chicago. He was fortunate to have an excellent smallmouth, carp, and musky fishery in his home town. Kurt has been fishing the waters of Northern Illinois his entire life, while also venturing all around the Midwest in search of trophies. He has excellent knowledge of the fishing seasons and patterns in the area, and really knows how to find fish. He is hard working, knowledgeable, and passionate about fly fishing and the resources in our area. You will have a great time on the water with Kurt, and he will be sure to do everything he can to ensure you have a great time on your next day out on the river.

There was really a need in our area for something that would expose our excellent, local fisheries. So, in 2016 Kurt created the "Midwest Golden Bones Tournament", with Co-founder Bill Katzenberger. Kurt and Bill are excited to offer this tournament for years to come.