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During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, I love getting together and visiting with family and friends. During the many visits throughout the holiday, it never fails that at some point the conversation always comes around to the past fishing season and each year I always get asked the same question: What was the strangest fish I caught during the year? I had the good fortune of fishing in three different states and four different provinces during the 2014 season and caught 42 different saltwater and freshwater fish species. I caught my first leopard shark, catfish, eel and a few … Read more »

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Christmas is right around the corner and outdoor enthusiasts can be some of the hardest people to buy a Christmas gifts for. It seems they have everything or there’s something new on the outdoor market that they just can’t live without. However, there are several things that the outdoor enthusiasts can never have enough of and they will use these items on a daily basis. And best of all, they will cost you under $100. These items could be something as simple as rope, waterproof matches, backpacks, clothing, maps or even camp cooking items. All these items have a time … Read more »

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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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A recent e-mail triggered the idea for this blog. The e-mail asked if I use a guide for any of my fishing trips. The answer is yes. The lady e-mailing was looking to book a surprise deep-sea fishing trip for her husband on their winter vacation. She wanted to give the surprise trip to her husband for Christmas and was looking to book the trip now. The e-mail asked several questions about how to book a guided trip, and what to look for when booking. I’ve had the good fortune of fishing with some incredible fishing companies. My most recent … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more articles on fishing gear! Picking out the right fishing gear will help you land more fish Walk into any outdoor sporting goods store and you’re sure to find multiple aisles of fishing rods. The price of these rods will vary from $15 for a rod/reel combo to hundreds of dollars for a single rod and can leave an angler scratching his or her head. With hundreds, maybe even thousands, of rods and reels to choose from, how do you know you’re getting the right rod and reel combination for the fish you’re targeting? … Read more »

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I recently returned from an incredible fishing adventure on Manitoba’s Red River. I had never fished the Red River before, so I hired the services of Paul Munroe, the owner of Cat Daddy Fishing Guide Service. We were targeting the abundant channel catfish within the river and Paul said we would catch fish. However, I had no idea what lay beneath the stained water of the Red River. I was staying at the Fiddler House, a bed and breakfast right on the river. I met Paul at 7:30 a.m. at the dock, which was a mere 30-second walk from the … Read more »

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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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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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