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Beer & Beaver Tales

So You Want to Catch a Steelhead…

December 19, 2018

There are scarce few things that we do in fly fishing that can compare to taking a fresh, fall steelhead on a swung fly.  Ask anyone that has done it and they will tell you that the take from these fish can flat out mess you up for life and leave you scratching your head […]

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Expectations

May 3, 2017

I had a client several years ago who asked me, after not catching a steelhead for his third year in row, “How many (Expletive) times do I have to hire you guys before I actually catch a fish?”  With my back to him, I thought that his tongue was firmly implanted in his cheek but […]

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Knots For Thought

April 15, 2017

There is a lot that can be said about something so simple and seemingly insignificant as fishing knots.  I’ve heard discussions on knots get as heated as speaking about politics and like politics, there is seldom a right or wrong as it often comes down to individual philosophies or needs. I have tried and used […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Small Flies for Big Trout

January 25, 2017

Tailwaters are notoriously small fly rivers but many anglers have a difficult time wrapping their heads around using patterns that represent this forage.  If you consider that tailwaters typically generate an enormous amount of midge activity due to the reservoir that feeds the river, it is presumable that a good portion of a trout’s diet would […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: The 4 Things You Need to Know About Fall and Winter Steelhead

November 28, 2016

Steelhead are the glamour fish of the Great Lakes and while they are not indigenous, they have been around long enough that they have been raised to the elite level of game fish.  Although they take second fiddle to other species in terms of their popularity, (it would be hard to argue that walleye and […]

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