Accessing the Tailwaters of the Grand River
These access points to the Upper Grand are presented with the distinct request to keep the waters clear from all debris.
Please feel free to remove any trash that you find whilst you are enjoying this pristine fishing destination.
The Grand is restocked annually by upwards of 20,000 brown trout. In addition there are the older wiser fish that overwinter in the river.
Fly fishing the tail water necessitates use of a single barbless hook, and all trout are to be released.
Here is the same expandable Google map of the Upper Grand so that you may orient your self with the access points outlined below. Ease of access is rated from 1 star to 3 stars. (3 stars is more difficult terrain).
Always check the river flows before you visit the Grand, as the flows are subject to variation according to the outlet from the Shand Dam. You can find river flow information on the Grand River Conservation Authority site.
Before a day’s fishing it is always a good idea to pop in to speak to Tania or Scott at the Grand River Outfitters; they will be willing to share with you the recommended fly of the day, and they are always on top of the daily conditions.
You should also check this hatch chart so that you will have a good idea of the usual hatches on the river.
If you live in the area, and you wish to be involved in conservation efforts, contact anyone at the Friends of the Grand. They do stellar work in maintaining the river and the access points.
Some tips if you are planning a day on the Grand:
It is worth noting that, in the early half of the season, as you travel upstream the waters are cooler the closer you get to the Shand dam. Because of this you are able to follow the insect hatches upstream from day to day. It can take a week for the Hendrickson hatch to migrate from Wilson’s Flats up to the Dam area.
Also, if the waters are murky in the lower reaches it may be because of the contributions from the Irvine River in Elora; the waters are sometimes surprisingly much clearer in the upper reaches on those days. You will be able to experience the prolific hatches that the grand has to offer.