Fly fishing blog

 

Welcome to our Blog

Mission Statement: The fly fishing industry has drastically changed since the group of us began in the 90’s. Back than everybody's business lived and died by the all mighty sport show. 

These shows were events that could not be missed. Our booths were lavish, double wide social hot spots with TV’s, videos, photo walls, and hidden bars serving up your favorite cocktails.  

The casters were throwing 120 foot cast in the ponds, the salesmen were weaving outrageous tales of the tape, and the guides were comparing gear, water and fish with each other. It was a fly fishing circus. In an effort to recapture that feeling back in the 80‘s and 90‘s at the sport shows we have created this blog. 

Our posts are conversations, and topics that you would normally cover on a river sitting on a log.  If we aren’t on the water fishing, we are likely talking about it, and we invite you to come along for the ride.  

Top 5 photos captured

1.  Ken Morrish of Flywater Travel makes a living following the best fish in the world, from snarling freshwater golden dorado to the Finest BC steelhead rivers to supercharged King salmon all on the fly.  With his great eye for photography it’s not surprising he captured this incredible photograph on the Bulkley River on one of FFW’s Steve Morrow Canyon trips.  Pretty much sums up the reason Steve and his Bulkley river beats are receiving rave reviews year after year.

 

2.  This is one of the winners from the north coast. The...

Swinging is like Baseball

Swinging flies for steelhead, like baseball, is not for everyone. It is a love developed by only the minority of both sports fans and anglers. It is just too complicated and tedious for the casual spectator or participant to appreciate, so those that are into it are usually hard-core. Most true believers in either sport acquire a real passion over time, passed down from family and friends from the generations of passionate fans before them. The vast majority of people think it is boring to watch a whole game of baseball, with thousands of pitches for only a few hits, or actually fish for...

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Fishing BC? here are the Cana-dos and the Cana-don'ts

 If you have finally saved enough money for the insanely expensive BC angling licenses, and the steelhead season up-charge for rental cars or fishing guides, you should bone up on the “Canadian” ways. 

To start you will want to load up your spotify playlists with Neil Young, Tragically Hip, Feist and Michael Buble. Toss on some Stompin’ Tom Connors and Leonard Cohen for some bonus points.  This will immediately get you through any border line ups faster than a canuck on skates.

The first thing you will want to do upon entering Canada is shift down a...

Top 5 King salmon flies 2015

Those who target king salmon on the fly often, have endured through much pain in there fishing careers.  Throwing big heavy rods and fast sinking tips is usually key to success.  The new lighter, high module, graphite rods have made life easier on the river while casting endless hours waiting for the saltwater wrecking balls to come into the river. Last summer our favorite rod was the 10130-4 Sage One. For a 13ft 10wt rod, it is phenomenal. Short, lightweight and powerful it launches tight, effortless loops even with the nastiest tips and flies.    

No matter...

Our top 5 winter steelhead flies

Swinging flies for winter steelhead in BC is certainly not for everyone, but if you have enjoyed many years of successful summer run adventures it is time to add it to your repertoire (its all about the challenge).  Fly selection is much more critical when winter steelheading because the fish tend not to move as far for your fly.  The strike zones are smaller so having a fly that will hit the deep water column is critical whether the fish is holding in deep slow water or a fast tailout.

In the small coastal rivers we fish, winter runs are usually much more ocean...

Steelheaders New Years Resolutions for 2015

Now thats its 2015 we all need a few resolutions that will help us catch more fish. The best way to do that is to get some good karma going to appease the steelhead gods.

When people talk about steelhead as the fish of a thousand casts, they often persuade you to believe that catching them is all about perseverance and time on the water. Many people have attempted to figure out why some people catch a lot more fish than others.  Some people will tell you they carefully paint the bottom of the river with their fly using the same precision when painting your first...

Epic in Movember

Mid-October

While having coffee at the Packing House in Spences Bridge I said to my friends, " Once I land my Thompson fish I'm leaving."  They jokingly replied, "You could be here for ten days or more,"  as they looked and laughed at my 'handful' of grease lined flies. Armed with only five deer hair flies I began swinging toward the  lake hole. After a full day of casting my 70 foot spey line I started to think my friends were right. To boost my spirits I kept telling  myself, "You came here to land a dry fly steelhead, stay the course".

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Official end of an era in Telkwa BC

On the Bulkley river sits a lodge steeped in time honored traditions, and rich in history and lore.   Frontier Farwest has been around for 50 years and under the guidance of founder Collin Schadwrech FFW has placed its stamp on the steelhead world forever.

Schadrech is the most famous angler to ever guide the Bulkley River. In fact today, almost every single outfitter, owner or head guide on the Bulkley worked for Schadrech.   A character rich in personality Colin exhibits the most important ability in a steelhead guide. He has an open minded attitude and acknowledges...

Rio Marie Big Bass

Big Peacock Bass are the junkyard dogs of the jungle. They will defend their little piece of structure or bed or wherever they call home from any invader, for any reason. Pull a fly through  their kitchen while they are on guard and they are guaranteed to try and hurt it, and you, real bad. It is just their nature. All peacock bass are tough as nails, but the really BIG ones are impossible to forget and are a whole different animal when you put them at the end of a fly line.

The Rio Marie’ is the newest discovery in the peacock bass world of Amazonia, and after the first...

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Lacrosse training for fishing guides

Lacrosse is a growing sport out west, but out east where I grew up it was pushed on us harder than the french language.  At an early age lacrosse sticks were put in our hands and we were taught how to scoop up grounders, cradle, and hum an indian rubber ball a country mile.  I still love the sport, but looking back now I realize it taught me a skill set I would use the rest of my life, netting fish.

After working in Alaska for 12 years I figure I have probably netted a couple hundred thousand fish.  I take pride is swiping a fish well before he's really ready...

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