Ontario River Guides

Your resource for fishing the rivers of Southern Ontario


The best Ontario River guides are fun, friendly and skilled. I’ve always said that “a great angler doesn’t always make a great guide but a great guide can make someone else a great angler”. Guiding takes a special kind of person, one who has a great knowledge of the sport and is very skilled yet still has the patience and the ability to teach that knowledge to others.


Everyone has different reasons for hiring a guide. A really good river guide provides beginner and advanced anglers with the ability to learn new tips and tricks, cut down on the learning curve, show anglers new water, teach anglers to catch more fish and improve their skills and at times they’ll just put anglers onto lots of fish quickly.

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A beginner fly angler with top guide Graham.


Southern Ontario has a number of river guide services available to anglers. I recommend getting a full time guide with a great reputation and avoid the part time guides.

I also advise be careful of the guided working for the local fly shops or the local tackle shops. These guides are often a customer of the store that has told the store they are a guide and they only guide for some extra bucks. They often have little experience in guiding, dealing with clients and teaching. If you do decide to hire a guide through a fly shop ask for their head guide and find out how many hours a week he guides. If it’s less than 3o hours a week, you can find a better guide.

The best guide services offer full time guides that are on the water 5 to 7 days a week, every week . These are the guides that have the experience and the knowledge to provide an exceptional service.

Don’t get stuck or accept a part time guide with limited experience!

A Perfect Drift Guide Company and Associates

A Perfect Drift Guide Company had been the best river guide service in Ontario for the last 10 years. If head guide Graham is not available he works with 3 or 4 other full time top guides which ensures all clients get nothing but the best Ontario river guide.

Graham Bristow is one of Ontario’s top full time independent river fishing guides who teaches and guides over 200 days a year. In the last 20 years as a professional guide Graham has had the opportunity to guide and teach over 3000 anglers! Living and guiding in what may be considered the best fly fishing area in all of Southern Ontario, Graham offers guided trips for trout, steelhead, salmon, bass, musky, and pike on 13 rivers in his area.

Graham is the first and only guide in Ontario who is an expert at modern fly fishing methods, traditional fly fishing methods, and is currently the top centerpin fishing guide and instructor in Ontario.

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Graham on set with Colin McKeown from the New fly fishing show.

Graham is also known as an easy going, friendly and patient guide that loves working with beginner and advanced anglers. Graham has also trained other full time guides in Ontario.

Always striving to bring his clients the best experience and education possible, Graham has fished and trained with other expert anglers, top fishing guides, a USA national fly fishing coach, as well as numerous TV fishing show hosts, fishing authors, and has fished with magazine owners and writers from all around the great lakes region. Graham’s has been featured on numerous fly fishing shows and he has been featured in fishing books, fishing magazines and has been a presenter at many local fishing clubs.

Also an accomplished and innovative fly tier, Graham uses mostly custom tied flies for guiding which catch many, many trophy fish for his clients. His custom flies are being used with great success by many Ontario anglers. Graham is also well know for being one of the top musky guides in Ontario.

Due to his wide range of expert skills and professionalism Graham is a recommended guide at numerous fishing stores across Ontario.

Approved Retailers

Check out these approved retailers for all your river fishing needs.

These approved retailers meet our high standards for great customer service, great selection and competitive prices.

Don’t forget to check out our Best Products page to help you figure our what you might be missing.

Bass Pro Shops is the leader in everything fishing gear related. There have a huge selection of river fishing gear and great prices.

FishUSA is one of the best places that I know of to get river fishing gear that is relevant to the great lakes area, and they often carry a larger selection of river fishing gear then any other online shop. If you haven’t seen what they have to offer you should check them out.

If you are local to Ontario then this is a great place to order your Centerpin and River fishing gear!