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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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When you mention float tubes, your mind might quickly turn to fly fishing and trout. It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about floats tubes. I make it a point to spend as much time as I can every summer landing fish from the comforts of my float tube. However, I fish for more than trout. Every year my float tube and I spend a healthy amount of time on lakes and reservoirs fishing weed beds for pike, perch and even walleye. And on my first outing this year, I had a heart-stopping experience with a hungry pike. I was fishing … Read more »

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Picking the right fish An excellent shore lunch begins with the selection of an excellent fish. Here, I can be as picky or critical as they come. I could go on into detail as to why, but there seems to be different varieties of lake trout inhabiting different niches or habitats within the expansive Great Slave Lake. Here we encounter two varieties of lake trout: greenbacks and redfins. Greenbacks tend to cruise more open water, a bright silver and white fish with fainter patterning and an aqua-green back. Often caught trolling open areas, their diet consists of ciscoes, grayling or … Read more »

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Don’t waste time Have you ever put in huge amounts of time trolling, casting or jigging while looking for fish? If you are not careful, more time can easily be spent looking for fish, rather than actually fishing. Over the course of a summer spent as a fishing guide, targeting trophy lake trout on the NWT’s Great Slave Lake, I honed my techniques for efficiently sniffing out and literally “hunting down” big fish one by one. The result was consistently more and bigger trout hitting the floor of the boat, with far less wasted time.   Invest and trust in … 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! 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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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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