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Online Store Launch

September 3, 2021

It’s official. Grand River Outfitting & Fly Shop has launched our online store.  We are still populating of course but feel free to call the shop if you don’t see what you need. We carry Simms, Sage, Echo, Rio, Airflo, Winston Rods, Dr. Slick, Fishpond, Jay’sFlies…and the list goes on.  

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Jay’s Flies

June 26, 2021

Jay Passmore, a tier for over 40 years,  has delivered again this year.  New to our repertoire are Game Changers, featuring: “Game Changer Hex”  and the “Olive Cock Gamechanger”.      The “Near Enough Cray”, “Baby Cray”     and “Murdich Minnows”.   Also we have a new variety of carp flies including “Flo Orange” and […]

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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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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Stripping Flies For Steelhead?

November 15, 2016

Most of us that hunt for steelhead through their entire season (Sept to late May) will tell you that there is an opportunity to strip streamers with some success.  Post spawn fish, upon vacating redds will quickly return to eating voraciously after feeding very little for several months and can therefore, become extremely aggressive.  Traditional trout […]

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Fish Stories

October 24, 2016

I once caught an Atlantic salmon that moved to or at least showed interest in the first cast for 10 consecutive fly changes.  I finally hooked her 60 minutes later on the 11th, which oddly enough was the fly that I originally found her with, a silver doctor.  That was about 25 years ago on the […]

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Practice Makes Perfect

October 19, 2016

Golfers hit balls at the driving range to loosen up or work on their game.  Baseball players do the same in batting cages.  I played ball until I was 35 and even in the ol’ beer league, I would spend a few hours hitting balls out of a machine just to get back into the […]

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Fly Fishing in Southern Ontario

October 18, 2016

Perhaps the most endearing feature of fly fishing in southern Ontario (for that matter, fly fishing in Ontario) is that it’s tough to get bored of the same ole’ same ole’. On any given day in July for instance,  one could be hunting for smallmouth bass on the Saugeen River or Maitland River, trout on […]

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Closing Time

October 3, 2016

The final day of the Ontario trout season was a mix of frustration and excitement for this angler.  I typically spend at least part of the day ushering out the season but this year I was afforded the majority of the day and was happy that I did.  The morning was dedicated to streamers but […]

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GROF Product Review: The Sage X

September 6, 2016

Sage has done it again with the recently introduced X.  The latest in Sage’s line up promises to be a winner and may be the best fly rod they have ever produced.  Now this is just one anglers review but the X is a completely different feel from anything that Sage has done in a long […]

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Steelhead Season

August 15, 2016

Where did trout season go?  It seems like just last week I was standing on the river with GROF Guide Nick Groves on opening day, drinking a coffee and waiting for the light.  Giddy as a couple of school kids.  But what an extraordinary trout season we had on the Grand River tailwater.  Not since […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Nymphing with Indicators, 101

August 4, 2016

Depending on who you talk to, somewhere between 70% and 90% of a trout’s diet is subsurface but learning to fish that part of the column is, to many new fly fishers, daunting.  It’s easy to determine what is going on when you can see the fish, but when they are not on or near […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Being Versitile

June 23, 2016

If we had our way, everyday on the river would be rich with large mayflies and eager, rising trout but in the real world, trout and trout fishing is just not like that.  For those who live near a river and have the luxury of timing hatches or spinner falls, it becomes rather easy to […]

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Fly Fishing in Southern Ontario

April 6, 2016

I had a conversation recently with a gentleman that walked into our shop looking for guns and ammo.  After I explained to him that we didn’t deal in that category, the conversation shifted to fishing.  He indicated that he has lived in the area for the better part of 20 years and lamented rather matter […]

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Taking Notes

March 31, 2016

You’ve heard tell of it and likely watched anglers do it on videos or write about it in magazines, but few of us do it.  I’m talking about taking notes and recording conditions while fishing.  A few years ago during the February blah’s, I started doing some research on various components of my local fishery.  I […]

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The Importance of Distance

March 29, 2016

Distance casting is a funny thing.  We strive for it but seldom get to use it.  If you visit the casting lanes at any of your spring sportsman’s shows or fly fishing shows, you will inevitably find someone there drilling out 70 foot casts and if that caster possesses some skill, it can be an […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Being a Stealthier Angler

February 11, 2016

Being stealthy doesn’t mean you need to go Ninja but it should be, at the very least, in your thoughts when you approach any angling situation.  Think of it like this, hunters don’t simply step into the woods and expect to find game.  They take precautions from the onset to conceal their presence and allow […]

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