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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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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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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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The Importance of Distance

March 29, 2016

Distance casting is a funny thing.  We strive for it but seldom get to use it.  If you visit the casting lanes at any of your spring sportsman’s shows or fly fishing shows, you will inevitably find someone there drilling out 70 foot casts and if that caster possesses some skill, it can be an […]

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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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January 23, 2016

Twice a year for the past 20, I grow a beard.  At least I attempt to grow something that could be considered the beginning of a beard.  I call it my steelhead beard and I usually start around September 1st for our fall season on the Great Lakes and February 1st for the spring season. It’s a ritual […]

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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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flies for thought

January 21, 2016

Fly tiers will tell you that that there are two types of flies; those that catch fisherman and those that catch fish.  If I was pressed for my top ten patterns to get me through the year it would be as follows but in no order. 1/ The Pheasant Tail.  Because it’s easy as heck […]

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GROF Product Review: The Hardy Lightweights

January 17, 2016

Hardy has been a manufacturer of quality fishing rods and reels for well over a century and although the company has gone through its share of challenges, decade after decade, they continue to innovate and compete in the category.  Innovation and improvement is a good thing but change for the sake of change can become […]

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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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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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Steelhead Country

October 28, 2015

It takes me about an hour and 15 minutes to work the lower end of the Junk Yard run.   During December with the water temperature at only 4 or 5◦c there is little use in starting in the fast water above as the fish simply won’t be there.  It’s too cold and fast and […]

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Shore Lunch

October 27, 2015

About 8 years ago, I took on a self-interest project during my off season of guiding to try and get a handle on what factors most affected the fishing conditions.  I looked at 14 years of journals that I kept while working and fishing recreationally and reviewed angling results based on everything from weather stability […]

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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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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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