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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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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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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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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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Opinions

January 22, 2016

Should the upper Grand River be open to a year-round fishery?  It’s a question we anglers have been asking ourselves for years.  There are two camps here: the “Protect spawning fish” group and the “There’s not enough natural reproduction to worry about it” group.  I will always endorse the protection of spawning fish and if […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Covering Water (Part III)

September 5, 2015

OPEN MORE WATER Working streamers for bass or trout is one of the most effective ways to find big fish and one of my favorite ways to spend a morning is to cover a long stretch of water with just a spool of 8lb test tippet and a box of streamers.  One of the problems […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: RISE FORMS (Part III)

May 20, 2015

SPINNERS The most under fished stage of the mayfly is the spinner fall. It is also the most misunderstood stage, yet if you talk to anyone who regularly looks for it, they’ll tell you it can provide the most exiting fishing of the day.  Unfortunately for anyone who has to travel to fish, it can […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: RISE FORMS (Part II)

May 15, 2015

What to use and when. For the purpose of explaining this, we’ll look at a typical hatch on an average day.  Assuming that we know what insect is most likely to emerge and that we are prepared in terms of patterns, what do we use and when?  During a hatch period the emergence can be […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: RISE FORMS (Part I)

May 14, 2015

    One of the more misunderstood areas of fly-fishing for trout is rise forms and their relation to fly selection.  A trial and error method works well if there are no tell tale signs of the trout’s feeding activity.  But what about those days when bugs are hatching and fish are working the surface?  You […]

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The Grand River Tailwater in Review

April 8, 2015

The last couple of years have seen a very strong resurgence on the Grand River Tailwater with some of the best fishing anglers have experienced in over a decade. This past 2013 and 14 not only yielded an unprecedented number of trophy trout but also saw the return of the mid range fish or what we […]

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