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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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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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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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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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In Retrospect of Fall Steelhead

August 24, 2016

Reports are coming in daily of salmon showing up on most Great Lakes systems and we would say at this point that we are on the down hill run.  It looks like conditions will catch up and the early fall should be solid.  Here are some fish from the past to whet your whistle.   […]

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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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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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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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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: To Swing or Not To Swing

December 7, 2015

Like many of our articles, this one began with a conversation with one of our customers while discussing late season tactics for Great Lakes steelhead.  As many of you know, the past 10 years has seen a big shift in our philosophies when it comes to angling methods for Great Lakes steelhead and more and […]

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Fly Fishing Guides

September 24, 2015

The province of Ontario, despite its population and revenue generation capabilities through sport fishing, has no provincially recognized program for fishing guides.  This means that any person with a fishin’ pole and a boat can call themselves a guide and charge whatever they want.  However the potential ramifications of this are many and can be […]

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