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Fishing with John is like fishing with a friend. Too often fishing with a guide is like one of those marriages where the wife tries to remake the husband, constantly on his case about some fault or other. John is a good teacher and can help you a lot but if you are not that good of a student he can just let you do it your way without fuss. You can go at your own pace faults and all and just enjoy yourself.

Gary Grabko


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John Edstrom
John Edstrom, owner of Headwaters Fly Fishing Company has been in the guiding business since 1987.He was employed as a guide by a Fly Fishing only Lodge - Bristol Bay Lodge near Dillingham, Alaska from 1987-1989- 3 seasons. John returned to Minnesota each fall and found a niche for guiding in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well. Since then he has been guiding fly fishers on the Upper Mississippi and St.Croix rivers for Smallmouth Bass, Western Lake Superior Rivers for Steelhead and on the Driftless Area trout streams. He also presents several seminars each year on fly fishing for Smallmouth bass and fly fishing for Steelhead. John has fished for steelhead all over the continent including Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California and Idaho, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

John and his wife Julie have two daughters (Kendall and Megan) and an English Setter that loves to find ruffed grouse. They feel fortunate to live in a region that has almost unlimited fishing opportunities.



Bob Bickford
(pictured here with trophy son, Seth)
Bob is an accomplished rock climber and cross country skier who brings travel, adventure and athleticism to his fly fishing endeavors. Bob works part-time as an emergency room R.N., which allows him plenty of time to both fish and guide the local waters. Such employment also provides the creative nucleus for a decidedly unique world view. Bob has been working in the fly fishing industry since 1997 and formed Great Northern Adventures Guided Fly Fishing in 2000.