Welcome to On the Fly Fishing Company

We are a fly only guiding company operating on the St. Mary’s Rapids in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada as well as many other river tributaries on Lake Superior. We have developed a niche for providing our clients with first class fishing from some of the best fly fishing guides available in the Northern Ontario. We provide both single and double hand fly fishing techniques for steelhead, salmon and trout.

Our extensive knowledge of the local rivers and the fish that live in them ensures you will be provided with the best possible fly fishing experience possible. Our expertise lies in the simple fact that we live here and fish here. On The Fly Fishing Co. is lucky to not only be able to walk and wade the St. Mary’s River but also a handful of rivers that make up the Lake Superior River tributary.

If fishing the big water of the St. Mary’s River is not what you want or you want to get away further out of town, then one of our custom trips into Lake Superior Provincial Park maybe something to inquire about. Whether it be a walk and wade the Sand River or Agawa River or you may be looking for a float trip down one of these spectacular rivers we can accommodate any of these request. There are also several different canoe routes for flat water paddling and fishing for Trophy Brook Trout that may interest you.

Call today to inquire about these great adventures with a guide that knows these rivers and lakes as if it were his back yard.

Fly Fish-Algoma: Where Animal Footprints Still Out Number Human Footprints

Sang and I had been swinging for steelhead for days now in the Rapids and we were getting some great numbers and also some beautiful big fish but for some reason we were not satisfied.  It seems that there is this point that I get to when steelhead season is coming to an end and I subconsciously start looking for something to fill that void or maybe it is just the fact that I am on the same river for days on end and I just need some new scenery.  Being that I am a trout bum I am truly blessed to live in Northern Ontario and have an abundance of lakes and rivers that have some great brook trout and rainbow trout as well.  So Sang and I headed out looking for a new stretch of river, with only a 4wt rod and dry flies!


River Etiquette

Nowadays, it seems more often than not, that anglers tend to forget true river etiquette and the importance of the conservation of our waterways. As an avid Fly
Fisher, I feel very passionate about both of these topics but will focus this blog on re-educating the reader on the importance of river etiquette.

For me, fishing the St. Mary’s River Rapids has been, and continues to be, an opportunity to grow as an angler; to learn about each species and to know the body of water in front of us. But that is just part of what we need to consider. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to learn the art of fly fishing from my mentor and close family friend, Mike Sewards. He has been fly fishing the St Mary’s rapids for over 30 years and has caught his share of fish. Before my first cast, he sat me down by the river’s edge and gave me my first lesson on River Etiquette. By following some basic tips, we can ensure that every angler enjoys each experience.

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  1. Always be mindful of the other angler around you. Knowing where they are standing and observing where they are casting is critical.
  2. When moving from one honey hole to another, be cautious of where and how you move. Wade slowly and stay clear of the other anglers’ spots. Even if it is unintentional, wading heavily and spooking fish does not make for an enjoyable experience for anyone.
  3. A good rule of thumb is to communicate with an angler close to you. Let them know that you plan to move locations and ask where they are fishing so that you can give them the space they need.
  4. I also make it a practice to pick up any garbage or spent line even if it is not my own. Carry a plastic bag in your pack and simply depose of the garbage at the end of the day.
  5. Some of you may be familiar with the term “low holing.” This refers to anglers who fish below or down river of other anglers. This will invariably spook fish. Proper etiquette would simply be wait your turn.

For me, River Etiquette is less about stated rules and more about a state of mind. By showing consideration towards others, you will go a long way in educating through action.

Tight lines!  Matt MacGregor On The Fly Fishing Company Pro Staff/Guide
Tight lines!
Matt MacGregor
On The Fly Fishing Company
Pro Staff/Guide


The St. Mary’s Rapids – The World’s Best Kept Secret, Until Now

With the of Steelhead season coming to an end, you would think that I would be going through a grieving process as many do when they have to
say good-bye to something they love so much! But on to the Atlantics!

This year’s steelhead season seemed like it would never end but the one thing we forget so easily is that this year’s run was held back by a couple of weeks due to colder then usual water. As we still catch the odd fall back steelhead and a few resident rainbow, we are now bitten with the Atlantic Salmon Bug.

It still amazes me to think that in Algoma Country, the middle of Ontario we have not only an amazing fisheries, but we are also blessed to be able to catch so many different species of anadromous fish all in the same river.