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Custom Cane Rods

July 25, 2020

I hand-craft, split-bamboo fly rods. They are meticulously crafted from the finest aged Tonkin cane, hand-split, hand-planed and feature premium nickel silver ferrules and reel seat fittings, Snake brand guides, premium wooden reel seats and matching silk wraps. Each rod is varnished and hand-buffed to a rich finish. Every rod that I make comes with […]

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Spring 2020

May 23, 2020

It hasn’t been your average spring this year as we all know.  CVID19 has played havoc with everyone.  No one has been spared its effects.  Luckily for us we live in a beautiful town with a glorious fishery.  The river has been stocked as usual and we know all the local hot spots.  The shop […]

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Izaak Walton Videos

February 7, 2020

Izaak Walton Fly Fishing Club  video link

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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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Knots For Thought

July 11, 2018

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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2017 in Review

January 5, 2018

The 2017 season has officially closed and we are currently sitting in what is the first real winter deep freeze of the year.  With the river frozen over and trip plans on hold for a while, it’s difficult to not reflect on the season that was.  The year 2017 was as different from the previous season […]

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Video: River Brown Trout (The New Fly Fisher)

August 16, 2017

Join us and The New Fly Fisher on the Upper Grand River fishing for Brown Trout. See some spectacular footage of the river and the guides that call it home.  

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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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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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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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For Art, Don and Leslie

November 11, 2015

(Originally posted November 11th, 2012) On any given morning in June or July at The Eddy below, the Morgan’s Falls fish ladder on the Lahave River, the banter around the old guys would typically be about who got what planted or some other trivial event that only the retired can really appreciate.  Sometimes though in, […]

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Smart Trout?

October 16, 2015

We humans have a tendency of seldom being satisfied with the status quo.  Bigger, lighter, brighter, faster, easier.   It matters not the reason for changing something or trying to improve it, we just go ahead and do it.  The old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” these days seldom applies when it […]

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

August 29, 2015

There is a lot to learn in this game of fly fishing.  From the athletic task of learning to cast to the science behind insects and fish behavior, fly fishing covers the gamut in terms of the skills required to be successful.  When you add to this equation, the attempts to implement the more advanced […]

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Opening Week!

May 3, 2015

With opening week just about behind us, we thought we might recap it.  The fishing on the tailwater was spectacular with some real bruins landed, a great mix of mid sized fish and outstanding weather.  Thanks to all of our friends at Grand River Outfitting for sending in pictures, fishing with us and supporting us. […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Understanding Behavior

February 24, 2015

Spring Steelhead (Part 2) Like any fish that we chase, there are several primary factors that affect behavior. Where migratory fish are concerned, it’s safe to say that at the top of the list is locating them. As suggested, migratory fish migrate which means they move. They can be here today but gone tomorrow and […]

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Grand River Outfitting Product Review: Winston 6116-4 BIII TH Rod Review

February 7, 2015

As we edge closer to the spring steelhead season, penned up anglers will be thinking about new gear.  As our first “Fly Rod” review, we’ll let you in on what we look at “Performance”- We have several high level casters on our team and all of the rods will be fished or cast at varying […]

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