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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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Eggs

August 28, 2015

Yesterday, I had a gentleman tell me very seriously that fishing with a strike indicator and an yarn egg was nothing short of heresy.  Rather than engage in an argument that I wouldn’t win, I agreed to some degree and went along saying, “Ya, It ain’t pretty but it works.” Why do some anglers detest the egg and […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Fly Tying Material

April 17, 2015

Fly tiers are an interesting sub-culture in the world of angling.  On one hand, you have a group of extraordinarily creative dudes that have the ability to look at a material, define its qualities and put it on a hook with a very specific purpose.  This group tends to be the same guys that you […]

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Hellgrammites

February 4, 2015

The name suggests something evil and sinister and I’m sure that the people responsible for the common name had that in mind. They are big, ugly and just plain mean looking but the fish love them and anyone that doesn’t have at least a couple of these patterns in their tackle box or fly assortment […]

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