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Is catch-and-release angling all it’s cracked up to be? | Trout Unlimited

May 29, 2021

Releasing a nice brown trout back into the river. Kirk Deeter photo. Is catch-and-release angling overrated? It is if the only thing that matters is
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Trout are in hot water in 2021 | Hatch Magazine – Fly Fishing, etc.

May 27, 2021

Whether the calendar agrees or not, summer has arrived to much of trout country, and it won’t be long before we start hearing about heat-induced fishing restrictions, or fishing closures altogether. Many eastern locales have experienced a rain-starved spring, leading to below-normal streamflows and reservoir levels, and above-normal stream temperatures. In the West, it’s another lean water year in a series of lean water years.
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Put a thermometer in your pack … and use it | Trout Unlimited

May 26, 2021

It’s up to us to know when the waters we fish might be working against the trout we’re after. Arm yourself with a water temperature thermometer, and by all means use it
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For those Upper Grand Fly Fishers who regularly stalk the little stocked Brown Trout and the big ones in the Tailwater, the last 2 weeks of above seasonal temperatures have likely raised the water temperatures below the Shand Dam more quickly than usual. Check your temperatures before you fish with a thermometer. You’ll also be able to key in on trout feeding and the insects knowing this information. See the Grand River Conservation river flows and temperature pages to assist.

River Flows:


Behind the cover of TROUT: Alana Louise Lyons | Trout Unlimited

May 26, 2021

In this edition of ‘Behind the Cover’ artist Alana Louise Lyons talks about her inspiration and pursuit of native fish which led to the most recent cover of TROUT Magazine.
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I’ve got the bug now, to catch some of the trout I’ve never caught on a fly. Cutthroat, Bull, Dolly Varden after reading about this inspiring adventure!

The seven deadly sins of fly fishing | Hatch Magazine – Fly Fishing, etc.

April 24, 2021

It’s the Opening Day here in Ontario. Here’s a really great list, from the world’s foremost fly fishers, on what NOT to do! Read on!

Let’s say you hope to become a better fly fisher. You want to improve your skills, and catch more trout, and have more fun. And let’s say you have a chance to ask some of the world’s most acclaimed fly fishers one question. Just one. What would it be? Would you ask them where you should fish, or what fly to use, or which rod to buy? Would you ask about knots, or fly lines, or techniques, or how to improve your casting? Or would Winston Churchill’s admonition that “only wise men learn from their mistakes” echo through your subconscious as you tried to frame your question?
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What is the number one thing fly fishers can do to improve? | Hatch Magazine – Fly Fishing, etc.

April 10, 2021

One of the advantages to running a small, twice-a-year fly fishing school with some of the world’s most acclaimed anglers is that I can reach out with trout-related questions whenever I get the itch. Last week, I asked our School of Trout instructors if they’d be willing to share their thoughts on the following question:
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Fly Tying Tools by Tim Flagler on the Fly Tyer YouTube Channel

April 6, 2021

Tim’s short video tips are as helpful as his full length recipe videos and are really useful for beginners and veterans alike. Here’s some tips on essential tools and tool storage.

The Double Haul

April 4, 2021

Here’s an excellent double haul how to video hosted by RIO’s Simon Gawesworth well worth imitating!

Watch it and then go outside and practice. Perfect practice makes perfect!

Is Your Fly Fishing Gear Ready for the Season?

March 28, 2021

With the Ontario trout season opener weeks away, now is a very good time to give your gear a thorough inspection. I came across this Hatch Magazine article that guides you through important steps in your gear preparations.

Hatch Magazine- Is Your Gear Ready for the Season

Also featured in the online edition of Hatch are some articles relevant for thé first hatches of the season. Here’s an article and accompanying video by George Daniel on tying some great early season flies for various stages of the BWO hatches, the Blue Winged Olive, or Baetis. The three patterns are Barr’s Vis A Dun, Puff Daddy Emerger and BWO Perdigon Nymph.

Tying BWO Patterns

Nymphing with Mike Metcalfe

March 4, 2021

Don’t know how I missed this segment from The New Fly Fisher with Mike Metcalfe on nymphing for Browns on one of my favourite spots on the Grand River. Mike describes how to grid the river and present your fly to as many fish as possible, all the while reducing drag and increasing your chances of success.

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