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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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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: 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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GROF Product Review: Echo OHS Fly Rods

October 25, 2016

I had the opportunity recently to get my hands on the new Echo OHS (That’s ‘One handed spey’) and am convinced that this is a very innovative and fresh idea for Great Lakes steelhead.  While rods in the 10′ to 10’6″ range are not new, this 10’4″ OHS and its action, the brainchild of  Tim […]

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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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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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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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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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Late Season Steelhead Opportunities…

January 6, 2016

It’s not every year that we get the chance to fish for Great Lakes Steelhead in fair condition this late in the season. The long range forecast is looking very favorable for the next two weeks or as far as we can see on all of the weather sites available. If at this point, you […]

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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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Eating Great Lakes Steelhead

December 5, 2015

Yesterday, while steelhead fishing with my friend Jason King, we got into the old conversation about killing steelhead.  Now anyone that knows me will tell you that I’ve never been a preacher when it comes to catch and release and recognize fully that it was originally put in place as a management tool.  In most […]

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Closing Time

September 30, 2015

When I was younger on the east coast, sun down on closing day was a tough one.  I remember one particular day on the Stewiacke River at the Glen where I was all alone and working my way to the tail.  I had landed a lovely little grilse early in the day so it was […]

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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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Bassin’!

July 27, 2015

I was a trout snob. That’s right. In fact, I regarded just about any other fish that I caught outside of the trout and salmon realm as incidental inconveniences that were merely wasting my time. That was until about 15 years ago when I discovered smallmouth bass fishing along the rivers in southern Ontario. After […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success

June 18, 2015

Being Safe and Comfortable in the Heat With July approaching, we are reminded of how important it is to react to the coming heat by covering up while practicing outdoor activities.  For most people on most days, a quality sunblock is sufficient but ask any landscaper, surveyor or fishing guide that works under these conditions […]

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