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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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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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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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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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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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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success. Covering Water (Part II)

September 2, 2015

THE CAST AND STEP This is probably the easiest and yet most effective way to cover water.  Although it is most effectual while swinging flies for steelhead or salmon, it’s also a great way to cover vast stretches of river for trout or smallmouth bass with streamers. For salmon or steelhead, you need only to […]

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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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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Fishing Micro Patterns

July 18, 2015

Tailwaters are notorious for fishing small patterns. This seminar will take you through the terminal rigs required for micro patterns (down to 24’s) and how to fish them allowing you to push the envelope during the tough periods.

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Fishing Dry Flies

July 4, 2015

Everyone that fly fishes dreams of bugs and rising fish but when the dream comes true, it is often the source of great Frustration!  Learn the nuances of dry fly fishing and bridge the gap between where you are, and where you need to be, to consistently take trophy trout on the surface. This is […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Nymphing

June 27, 2015

Depending on who you talk to, up to 90% of a trout’s diet is sub-surface but only the most skilled anglers take advantage of this. Learn the tricks of the most successful anglers in this one hour, on stream seminar.  Join us at the shop at 11:00 am on Saturday, June 27 where Rob Heal […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: RISE FORMS (Part III)

May 20, 2015

SPINNERS The most under fished stage of the mayfly is the spinner fall. It is also the most misunderstood stage, yet if you talk to anyone who regularly looks for it, they’ll tell you it can provide the most exiting fishing of the day.  Unfortunately for anyone who has to travel to fish, it can […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: RISE FORMS (Part II)

May 15, 2015

What to use and when. For the purpose of explaining this, we’ll look at a typical hatch on an average day.  Assuming that we know what insect is most likely to emerge and that we are prepared in terms of patterns, what do we use and when?  During a hatch period the emergence can be […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: RISE FORMS (Part I)

May 14, 2015

    One of the more misunderstood areas of fly-fishing for trout is rise forms and their relation to fly selection.  A trial and error method works well if there are no tell tale signs of the trout’s feeding activity.  But what about those days when bugs are hatching and fish are working the surface?  You […]

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Ontario Fly Fishing Guides Secrets to Success: Fly Tying Material

April 17, 2015

Fly tiers are an interesting sub-culture in the world of angling.  On one hand, you have a group of extraordinarily creative dudes that have the ability to look at a material, define its qualities and put it on a hook with a very specific purpose.  This group tends to be the same guys that you […]

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Grand River Outfitting Product Review: Sage Accel

March 17, 2015

We live in a world where people can’t get enough of “better”.  Our computers, cars, bicycles and sporting equipment we are told, no matter how current, can always be improved on and we buy it up.  I for one however, upon finding something that I like, often stick with it and use it until it’s […]

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