Fishing For All – We’re inclusive, educational & fun!
When you fish with Fishing For All, we want you to end the day feeling like you’ve learned something new. Fishing, be it fly, spin or ice- is something which can never be mastered and that’s why we love it so much! Our guides bring growth-mindsets, excitement, patience, and humor with them on the water. So, whether it’s your first time ever fishing, or you’ve been doing it for decades, we strive to make your time with us an enriching experience.
Above all else, we want to create life-long anglers who care for the resources we all share. Whether you join us on a guided trip or an educational program, we’ll teach you as much as we can so you feel confident on your own. Of course, we hope you’ll come fish with us again and again as you progress on your angling journey.
Connection with and consistently spending time in nature is a proven remedy for so many of today’s modern aliments. Fishing For All loves the MSP area for all of its diversity, both ecological and societal. Starting from downtown and headed in any direction, we can catch hundreds of different freshwater species from a wide array of waters. This abundance of water and fish also affords people here a unique opportunity to catch a fish before work near their home or on a weekend getaway. We want to foster people’s connection to nature and make sure they have the knowledge and abilities to fish on their own, no matter where or who they are.
We aren’t the run of the mill “trophy chasers” guide service, we’re more like “story creators.” Yes, we will see and catch BIG fish on our trips. But at the end of the day, we believe any fish is a good one when you have a deeper understanding of where they come from and how to catch them. So long as conditions are safe, we are ready to get you on the water to create your new favorite fishing story!
Meet Our Team
Evan Griggs- Owner & Head Guide
I’m so excited to be going on my 13th year of guiding and 20+ years of fly fishing! Growing up, I started fishing in Minneapolis and the MN/WI Driftless Area. When I was ten years old, I remember watching my dad fly fish on local stream and suddenly realized, “I’ve been watching him do this for years, and he’s never caught a fish!” At that point I was determined to catch a trout on a fly. I taught myself how to cast in the front yard, cut my teeth catching sunfish on the city lakes, and practiced reading water on the neighborhood creek. It took three years, but I finally caught my first trout on a dry fly! From that moment on, fly fishing quickly became my passion. When I was 13, I made up my mind that my passion was someday going to be my profession. Right after my high school graduation, I became a trout bum and went to guide in Montana. I eventually completed my bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Education at Black Hills State University. Other places I’ve guided are western North Carolina and the Black Hills of South Dakota. Eventually the northern rivers, lakes and woods of Minnesota called my wife and I home. Over the years I’ve also been an outdoor educator and a special education teacher. My favorite species to target with a fly rod are smallmouth bass and carp. I believe fishing and guiding should be fun, educational, and inclusive. There’s plenty of guides and retail shops out there, as well as programs for people to first try-out fishing. But there wasn’t a great way for people to keep learning more about it after taking the intro course or buying their 1st fishing rod. I started Fishing for All to fill a gap in our fishing community- to TEACH fishing, GROW a community of anglers, and ADVOCATE for our home waters. We are so excited to fish with you!
Hiroto Hayashi- Education & Outreach Coordinator, Apprentice Guide
I was born and raised in Colorado where I spent my time recreating in the Rocky Mountains. There, I learned to fish with my dad while our family camped and hiked among the pine woods. I hopped around pursuing college degrees in Colorado and South Dakota (photography, environmental studies, business) and experienced life while living out of a van. Eventually, I spent the time and graduated Fall 2021 from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. There, I majored in English and minored in Outdoor Education and Professional Writing. I chose my mix of courses to help provide people an experience of the outdoors through in-person events or vicariously through writing and photography. My true love has always been fishing, and I want to help guide people to their “wow” moment that takes them from curious to full-on angler.