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 fly rod in hand. 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 teens. After high school, Mike entered military service to serve his country. After his time in the service, Mike longed for something close to nature again. Fly fishing would soon 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. Mike now makes his home in the Fox River Valley. His home waters of the Fox and DuPage Rivers are two of the many watersheds in northern Illinois that he has come to learn and love.

Mike has fished these rivers extensively over the years, and looks forward to sharing all of these truly special waters with you. Mike 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.

When he's not fishing Kurt is on the vise, tying up flies that are both effective and pushing the limits. He teaches fly tying classes at DuPage Fly Fishing Company, in Naperville, Illinois, several times every year. If you're looking to up your streamer game, stay in touch with the guys at DuPage Fly Co.

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.