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From Patagonia- Il Pescatore Completo | The Complete Fisherman – a film with Yvon Chouinard

May 13, 2020

How to Make a Reach Cast via Rio Products

May 12, 2020

Rio Products not only produce a huge variety of lines, leaders and tippet, they also have a wonderful collection of very helpful instructional videos, with new ones every week.

Here’s a cast that will help dry fly fishers get to that upstream rising trout, The Reach Cast.

Federal Judge’s Order Protects California Trout

May 12, 2020

The Steelhead win against US Government!

Federal Judge’s Order Protects California Trout
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Hendrickson Time

May 11, 2020

I woke up to 8cm of fresh wet snow today so I didn’t go to the river as planned. Let me tell you.

Yesterday, on the lower Grand River, I hiked into a favourite place to pick fiddleheads but they’d been nipped by the unseasonably cold the night before. It was -5C last night, and keep in mind it’s the second week of May and average temperatures should be mid teens!

Frosted Fiddleheads

Of course, I took a fly rod with me, my switch rod and just a few giant streamers to throw into some deep pools there. It’s a 500m hike in and who goes to the river without a rod?

When I stepped into the river, I was amazed to see a full on Hendrickson Hatch occurring! But the temperature of +9 was preventing them from flying and so they struggled on the surface where they could have been attacked by hungry trout.

Hendrickson Hatch Video- press play!

Today, after the 8cm of snow melts, I’m going to head back to The Grand River with a box full of freshly tied Hendrickson nymphs and emergers and see what happens.

“Be prepared!” my Boy Scout Leader, Dad and Fly Fishing mentor always reminded me!

UPDATE! Today I did go back to the river, upstream of Fergus, after most of the 8 cm of snow had melted! There were BWOs and midges covering the water, and again, they were unable to fly as the temperature was barely above freezing and there were snow flurries still in the air. The fish were taking them and even my #18 Baetis nymph. Success. But I lasted only an hour in the cold!

Teva in Monday morning’s snow

Another Grand River “The New Fly Fisher” Blast from the Past!

April 27, 2020

This episode of the New Fly Fisher always has a take away, no matter how many times I’ve seen it! Whether it’s flies, nymphing techniques or just the familiar faces of the Grand River Outfitting and Fly Shop staff, it’s thoroughly enjoyable!

Watch it one more time before you head out onto the river!

Tightline Video’s Latest

April 14, 2020

The latest video just released from Tim Flagler’s Tightlinevideo Youtube channel, is the “Shiney Hiney Caddis Pupa.” I don’t know about you, but I think this might be next up on the vise as I prepare for Trout Opener! Here’s his recipe!


Trout Opener Preparations

April 14, 2020

We usually spend lots of hours at the fly tying bench (even more so this year with isolation and quarantine) in preparation for the Trout Opener, but what about that other list of trout season preparation chores?

I’m thinking about the washing and repairing waders and the cleaning of fly lines! Here’s a few How-to videos on these tasks to get you motivated as we count down to fishing season, however they will play out in your area.

Washing Waders from Simms

Repairing Waders via Simms

Cleaning Fly Lines from Rio Products

Part 1-

Part 2-

Get washing!

A Tribute to John Prine 1946-2020

April 10, 2020

I pray he’s fishing, and whistling, in Heaven.

The Orvis Guide to a Fly Fishing – The New Fly a Fisher

April 4, 2020

Finally, the new season opens with this excellent episode on fly fishing for bass, spring, summer and fall! Lots of tips, techniques, strategies and equipment, to improve our success with bass on the fly. Not to mention great photography, animations and narration!

Here we go!

“Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” Season Two Broadcast Schedule – Orvis News

April 2, 2020

Who hasn’t been anticipating being able to watch this second season?!!

“Orvis Guide to Fly Fishing” Season Two Broadcast Schedule – Orvis News
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