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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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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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Fly Tying and Seminars at GROF

January 30, 2015

The world of fly tying education has never been more mainstream or high tech than it is right now. There are literally thousands of patterns with tutorials available on the internet which opens the world up to the creative minds of the industries best dressers. The need for “how too” books has diminished as video […]

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