Never Too Late For Fly Fishing

I felt the subtle tap of another fish on my fly and I instinctively set the hook. My fly rod bowed under the weight of the fish as I worked my fly line back onto my reel. The fish instantly came to the surface, trying to spit the hook. But I could see he was hooked well in the top of his mouth and I now had all my line back on my reel. Moments later, I landed the first whitefish of the day. We’re into December and the hunting season is all but over. With any luck, your freezers … Read more »

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Cutthroat At The Top Of The World

It was 6 a.m. and I was loading our float tubes, fishing gear and all our camping supplies into the cargo baskets mounted on the side of the helicopter for a two-day stay high in the Rocky Mountains. Icefield Heli Tours would be flying us into Lake of the Falls for a fly-fishing bonanza. Lake of the Falls is a glacier lake tucked deep in the bowl of three surrounding mountains, 2,250 metres in elevation. The jade-clear glacier lake is home to an abundance of cutthroat trout and we anticipated two full days of non-stop fly fishing for aggressive cutthroat. … Read more »

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Game Bird Hunting & Fly Tying

Throughout the western provinces, a wide variety of hunting seasons are well underway during the month of September, and one of those hunting seasons is upland game bird. However, many fly fishermen are still on the rivers and lakes, catching a variety of trout species that are beginning to strap on the feedbag to prepare for winter. But what’s the connection between fly fishing and game bird hunting? Fly tying. Each year during September, through to November, I try to balance both hunting and fishing outings. There’s been years where I’ve hunted whitetails in the morning and took my boat … Read more »

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Bull Trout In Northern BC

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! I bet you’d agree that catching any fish, regardless of size, is significantly better than a day in the office. But there is certainly something special about battling a big, predatory fish on a fly rod. Northern BC is an excellent place to satisfy your big-fish needs, offering some of the best bull trout fly fishing in the country. All you need is the right gear, an eye for where bull trout like to hang out and the willingness for a bit of remote travel and … Read more »

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Three Season Trout Fishing

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! Trout fishing isn’t reserved for the fly fishermen The early morning sun was heating up the surface water of the lake, causing the cool air to lift off the water and create a misty fog. It was a warm morning and through the mist cutthroat trout were rising all around my float tube, eager to take my tiny imitation fly. There was rarely a cast with the fly rod that a cutthroat didn’t raise to my offering and it was one of the most memorable mornings … Read more »

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Anatomy Of A Small Stream

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! When English anatomist Henry Gray published his masterpiece back in 1858, and then died shortly after of smallpox, little would he have realized that it would be well into its 40th edition by now and that Gray’s Anatomy (the textbook, not the TV series) would be a necessary component on the bookshelf of almost every medical student around the world. In his book, Gray matter-of-factly deconstructs the human figure into its constituent parts. Starting with cells and building the body up again through bones, joints, muscles, … Read more »

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Fishing In The NWT

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! A fishing adventure in the Northwest Territories From Edmonton to Yellowknife, and from Yellowknife to the most beautiful middle of nowhere that I have ever seen. Welcome to Yellow Dog Lodge. My husband, Jeff, and I were invited to spend five days fishing on the remote waters surrounding Yellow Dog Lodge, which is a short, 20-minute floatplane ride away from Yellowknife. Owner Gord Gin promised us lake trout, pike and walleye, but we still weren’t prepared for the exciting fishing action that awaited us in the … Read more »

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Last Ice Rainbows

Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! The month of April triggers the closing of the ice fishing season. However, throughout the prairie provinces there are still a number of stocked rainbow trout waters that remain open for avid ice anglers can take advantage. (Check your provincial fishing regulations). Rainbow trout have just endured a long winter in lowlight conditions beneath the ice, and trout in smaller, shallower lakes and trout ponds are also dealing with the stresses of low oxygen levels. However, rainbow trout will still be feeding aggressively at this time … Read more »

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