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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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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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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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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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Expectations

May 3, 2017

I had a client several years ago who asked me, after not catching a steelhead for his third year in row, “How many (Expletive) times do I have to hire you guys before I actually catch a fish?”  With my back to him, I thought that his tongue was firmly implanted in his cheek but […]

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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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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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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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Fish Stories

October 24, 2016

I once caught an Atlantic salmon that moved to or at least showed interest in the first cast for 10 consecutive fly changes.  I finally hooked her 60 minutes later on the 11th, which oddly enough was the fly that I originally found her with, a silver doctor.  That was about 25 years ago on the […]

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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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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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