Ken Kalil

Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide in Lake Placid, New York

Ken Kalil


Enjoy the expert wisdom of Orvis—endorsed fly—fishing guide Ken Kalil on your trip to Lake Placid, New York: "The Kalil name has been embedded in Adirondacks since the early 1930s by my grandfather, as a name recognized for hard work, honesty, and integrity. We take great pride keeping this recognition alive. Family members in the business continue to fan the flames. With 20 years' experience as head guide, manager of the 2005 Orvis Dealer of the Year and the Orvis Company's first full dealer, we know what it takes to ensure customers receive a patient, professional experience. Ken offers great teaching ability, and a relentless commitment to conservation. Keeping our operation small ensures quality. Our focus is on quality trips, not quantity. Our goal is to be better in character and life pursuits than we were the day before, and we carry that over to our guiding services. When not on the water, we are constantly honing the qualities of what we feel make up a great guide. This includes coaching youth on xc skis, in character, skills, keeping fitness in our life, and taking a lead passing along a message of conservation in the community.

"Our services are found in the northern Adirondack Park, a state park four times the size of Yellowstone; the vast, wild forest of the Adirondacks are dotted with endless amounts of water and wildlife throughout. Drastically different than what many think of as New York State, and with endless amounts of water dotting the landscape, the Adirondacks offer countless opportunities to pursue many species of fish in a wild setting. Come join us on the wonderful waters that await."


Species you Fish for by Season

April through November: Brown, Rainbow, Brook Trout, and warm water species.
March, April, May: Spring Steelhead
September, October: King Salmon
October, November: Fall Steelhead and Brown Trout


What Should Customers Bring

  • NY fishing license
  • Polarized sun glasses
  • Baseball hat
  • Waterproof/breathable/Rain coat
  • Fleece pullover
  • Allergy meds (if needed)
  • Polypropylene top & bottom
  • Wool Socks
  • (Sept, Oct, Nov, Mar, Apr, May) clients should have 2 wool or synthetic gloves, handwarmers, winter hat, fleece pants, neck warmer
  • (Steelhead trips) Should have Korkers or a studded strap on wading cleat approved by your guide
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen


Questions that you are Frequently Asked

How much do you charge for a full day and how many people can you take?
We charge between $200 and $450 depending on number of clients. We can take up to three clients per guide.

Do you teach people that have never fly fished?
Yes. We love teaching beginners, and our guides have great teaching abilities.

Do you welcome kids?
We try our best to accommodate everyone, and will certainly be glad to tailor trips as much as we possibly can.

Do you offer lodging?
No. We try our best to keep a good handle on who is offering the best local lodging.


Ken Kalil
Orvis-Endorsed Fly-Fishing Guide Service
Lake Placid, NY 12946

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