TROUT/CHAR

  • Never Too Late For Fly Fishing December 9, 2014 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 ...
  • Cutthroat At The Top Of The World October 20, 2014 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 ...
  • Game Bird Hunting & Fly Tying September 23, 2014 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 ...
  • Bull Trout In Northern BC June 5, 2014 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 ...
  • Three Season Trout Fishing April 25, 2014 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 ...
  • Anatomy Of A Small Stream April 11, 2014 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 ...
  • Fishing In The NWT April 5, 2014 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 ...
  • Last Ice Rainbows March 27, 2014 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 ...
  • Fish Mortality – Catch And Release January 13, 2014 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for pike or walleye! Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! Catch-and-release (CR) angling is a hot-button topic for many fisherman, with as many viewpoints as there are flies in my fly box. After a recent debate with a fellow ...
  • Fishing In Pressured Waters August 7, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more general fishing articles! The popularity of fishing continues to flourish each year. This growth is fundamental for the future of the sport we love, but can also spell competition and congestion on some of our favourite waterways. Increased angling pressure often equates to a tougher bite, as fish become conditioned ...
  • Fishing For Athabasca Rainbow Trout July 15, 2013 Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles about fishing for trout or char! Small headwater streams are home to Alberta’s very own native population, the Athabasca rainbow trout. They often share creek and stream space with Arctic grayling, mountain whitefish and bull trout. Athabascans, as they are often called, can be found in larger systems, too. ...
  • Reeling In Stocked Trout March 6, 2013 The beauty of fishing stocked trout is the great diversity of fishing options. Trout are often the only fish available in many communities and whether you are just looking for an angling opportunity or searching for a big lunker, stocked trout can provide it all. We walked along the windswept shoreline, looking for the best spot ...
  • Jigging For Lake Trout March 6, 2013 My drag was practically smoking as the eight-pound test sizzled off my reel. I had just set the hook, burying my jig into the mouth of what I thought was an average lake trout, getting him about 10 feet off bottom before all hell broke loose. The battle was on and after some fierce head ...
  • Fishing Fortress Lake, BC March 6, 2013 Mountainous peaks, surrounding the pure, blue waters of Fortress Lake in Hamber Provincial Park, offer world-class fishing for huge brook trout. The remoteness of the lake will ensure it’ll last for quite some time, and there are many options to fish the lake – for all types and budgets. The North American continental divide follows the ...
  • Small Stream Fly Fishing How To April 30, 2012 Nothing epitomizes fly fishing like casting to trout in a small stream environment — and here’s how to best target trout in your area. I really enjoy fly fishing small creeks. They offer a tremendous amount of diversity, from small babbling mountainous brooks, to raging torrents, to slick meadow spring creeks. They harbour brown, rainbow, brook ...
  • Western Canada’s Classic Fisheries April 27, 2012 Keep your line tight and your hooks sharp — here are the four greatest freshwater fisheries in our four Western Provinces. The rod barely twitched. It could have easily been a perch nibbling on a worm. Then it twitched again. “Pick it up,” said our guide, Randy Beck. Obliging, Vanessa gently pulled the rod from the holder ...
  • Cooking Wild Recipe: Trout & Fiddleheads in Lemon Sauce January 23, 2012 Here’s a catch and a pick paired up for a perfect feast. Eating “locally-grown” never tasted so good. I love foods that live up to the high standards of eating within what’s fashionably known as “the 100-mile diet”! To me, it’s a satisfying feat to eat foods that come from within a hundred mile radius of ...
  • Alberta’s Best Ice Fishing Hot Spots December 5, 2011 Here are the best lakes in Alberta for ice fishing this season: Calling Lake, 55 km north of Athabasca on SH 813, has a simple rule: get up early (or stay late) if you want to catch the walleye bite. I took a friend to Calling for his first-ever go at walleye and between us we ...
  • Saskatchewan’s Best Ice Fishing Hot Spots November 23, 2011 It’s almost ice fishing season in Saskatchewan! Check out these local waters: Lake Diefenbaker, located southwest of Saskatoon and northwest of Regina, is a sprawling reservoir was created as an impoundment of the South Saskatchewan River by the Qu’Appelle and Gardiner dams. It holds pike, walleye, burbot, perch and rainbow trout. In fact, in the past ...
  • Manitoba’s Best Ice Fishing Hot Spots November 9, 2011 It’s almost ice fishing season! Check out Manitoba’s top ice fishing hot spots: For hardwater northern pike fishing, head to Big Whiteshell Lake in Manitoba’s Whiteshell Provincial Park, about 130 km east of Winnipeg on Highway 1. Access to this lake is usually walk-on or by snowmobile or ATV. Fishing off points and reefs in 15 ...
  • BC’s Best Fishing Hot Spots July 18, 2011 British Columbia’s Best Fishing Hotspots: When choosing five top spots in a province with more than 600,000 fish-bearing waterbodies, some prime hot spots are bound to be left off. But if you want a combination of accessibility and hot fishing, you can’t beat this bunch: 1. Perhaps not easily as easily accessed as some of the locales ...
  • Manitoba’s Best Fishing Hot Spots July 11, 2011 Learn how to get those walleye biting! Read these 15 tips for successful angling. The six lures you must have! Manitoba’s Best Fishing Hot Spots: Within a two-hour drive of Winnipeg, almost every freshwater fish species swimming in Manitoba’s waters is available to the open-water angler. 1. Right at the top of the list of locations is the mighty Red ...
  • Saskatchewan’s Best Fishing Hot Spots June 22, 2011 Learn how to fish from a kayak! Six fishing lures you can’t be without! Saskatchewan government reduces fishing red tape in 2013. Fishing hot spot guide: With so many excellent lakes and rivers to choose from, Saskatchewan offers the resident and visiting angler alike an almost bewildering selection of world class waters. 1. Churchill River For sheer numbers of healthy, ...
  • 4 Fly Patterns For Stillwater Trout Fishing June 17, 2011 Fly fishermen: if you can’t locate big, stillwater trout… Find Them With Forage! Here are four fly patterns from Phil Rowley to help you located and hook into big, stillwater trout right across Canada. Balanced Leech Hook: Mustad R50-94840 #10-#12 or Mustad Ultra Point Jig Hook 32833BLN #8-#10 Thread: 8/0, Colour to Match Body Tail: Stillwater Solutions Strung or Long ...
  • End of Season Special: Is There Ice Fishing in BC? March 21, 2011 Well, contrary to the belief of many Western Canadians, you can ice fish in BC. And with only a week left in the season (in most places), it’s time to dispel the myth once and for all with the Top Five ice fishing locations in BC:
  • Fly Fishing For Lake Trout & Char – Part One: Line Selection January 18, 2011 Fly fishing for species such as lake trout, bull trout or Arctic char in the frigid waters of the north requires some tough, specialized line. Thankfully, Rio Fly Lines have a model lineup that fits the bill perfectly — the company’s Specialty Fly Lines. The Rio Outbound is the ideal line for Arctic char or bull trout, ...