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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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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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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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I just have to tell you this story. It happened last year at Muir Lake, west of Edmonton, Alta. If you haven’t fished Muir Lake before, first, what’s stopping you? And second, you need to know that there’s an island in the middle of the lake. You can paddle around this island – one side of it is very shallow and the other side of it is deeper. The shallow side will get you to the deepest part of the lake quicker. This is the way that I usually take. In fact, I have caught a lot of fish in … Read more »

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After a few trips, I decided to try Muir Lake on my own. I awoke at 4:30 in the morning, jumped in my car and drove out there. I set up my chair and put my tackle together. I really believe in float fishing, where you fish with a bobber and a fly – it’s close to the natural food source the fish eat. The first time I went I just brought my chair, rod and tackle. During trips after, I brought a book to read. As much as I enjoy the fishing, I also enjoy the nature, the quiet … Read more »

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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. I’ve personally seen or caught them in the Smoky River, the Athabasca River and the Kakwa River. But the Athabasca trout I’ve come to know and love are residents of small streams and wild places. There is no question they are a challenge … Read more »

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Not what you’re looking for? Find more fishing stories! A still water fly angler has an excellent chance at catching good trout from shore. While not always the optimal choice, by wisely choosing your time on the water and the lake itself, you will enjoy your fly fishing and maximize shoreline opportunities.   Why: During certain times of the year, lakes are very productive when fished from shore. Spring and fall are obvious examples, as water temperatures are most hospitable in the shallows around the margins. During these seasons, a fly fisher has good access to fish holding water, assuming … Read more »

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About eight years ago, I introduced my sons, Brandon and Sean, to fly fishing for pike. Within the first few hours of our initial trip, the pike’s fear-nothing, take-no-prisoners attitude etched a place within their psyche. I was no different. Pike aren’t called the water wolf for nothing – a stark comparison to trout, the usual fly rod quarry.   Know Your Quarry When chasing pike on the fly, it is important to have a good, basic knowledge of its habits and seasonal movements. Knowledge that helps you explore the right locations, choose the right equipment and make the correct … Read more »

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