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A key to identifying common members of the genus Dux (guide)

1 - The Head guide - Dux primis

Identification of Head guides is easy; they usually introduce themselves as such. Other tell-tale signs include 'Guide #1' stickers plastering their to-go cups, and a general air of godliness. Their angling skills are exceeded only by their charisma, and, if pressed, most clients would freely admit that while they enjoy catching fish, the main reason for their trip is simply to spend time in the presence of the Head guide. Their commanding scientific understanding of all things fishing-related and an infallible intuition on the water combine to form a seamless whole that invites supernatural explanation. Commonly delegates menial tasks (cooler cleaning, etc.) to Newbie guides because wasted talent is...

When it all goes horribly wrong

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Some years are better than others in every way. Some years you just want to forget and 2017 has been a very challenging one in a lot of ways.  When it rains it pours, and we had endless bad luck. From low fish returns, to constant flat tires, to broken boats we were always on the move. 

Heres a comical montage of the beat down our team took.  Thanfully our staff knows how to roll with the punches and we ended up laughing to keep from crying most of the time.  That new years count down can't come soon enough. Heres to 2018!

 

Big Pine with Shallow Phins

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When you head out to fly fish the ocean you are completely at the mercy of the weather.  Since we live and die by the weather for steelhead we certainly understand our trip was going to be a roll of the dice. 

Luckily for us the storms parted and we were able to hit a perfect weather window for tarpon fishing. We also lucked out by surprisingly catching a may long weekend worm hatch.  Prepared for the worst we lucked out on all fronts. Here is a photo blog of some of the highlights of the last week.

 

Fishing the Frog Water

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To be a better steelhead fisherman you need to find an approach to fish the less than ideal pieces of water. Any novice can walk up to a run called “Gett’n Em 9000” and put on a show but elite anglers fish more water, better.

Soooo the frog water… steelhead typically don’t mind being around it but MAN steelheaders do. Some people just flat out refuse to fish near it and others just make their guide suffer through never-ending puzzled looks, spastic mending and embellished sighs. As much as it might seem like your guides time killing measure, the fact that you might think that has crossed his mind and yet you're still there. There's a reason.

The Water Beyond...

So a pretty decent percentage of the water we fish doesn’t swing bank to bank- I mean most of it really. So what do we do? We t...

Epic Waters is hiring for all lodge positions

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We have employment opportunities at all our lodges for 2017 and 2018 seasons.  If you have ever wanted to work in the fishing industry we have jobs for every scenario.  Housekeepers, servers, chefs and apprentice guiding opportunities at your choice of lodge.  Just select the position you would like to apply for and the lodge that most interests you.  Email us at info@epicwatersanging.com

If you like to stay in town for work Frontier Farwest is minutes from Smithers.  We have private room accommodation on the premises free of charge.  This is our flagship operation and most of our team have been working here for 6 years or more.  

If you are looking for a remote lodge experience you may enjoy working at Babine Ste...

Spring in Review

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Normally when our winter steelhead program in Haida Gwaii shuts down we get some free time to catch up on things, but this year one program rolled right into the next.  We worked with guide/outfitter Nomads of the North in Terrace BC and longtime friend Mike VanWormer (AKA VDubs).  As usual he produced incredible trips for guests lucky enough to go.  The April spring fishery worked out perfectly for us.  

Going on at the same time as this was our Kings of Spring program targeting one of the earliest chinook runs on the coast.  This can only be compared to permit fishing in its difficult nature, yet each and every fish caught and landed one was never to be forgotten.   The weather stayed pleasant, yet on the cool side and the fish were by no means easy, but they...

Telly's Grill

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When you walk into Telly's Grill, you can already get a sense of what this restaurant will look like once it is fully completed.  At first glance, you notice the details on the ceiling.

Straps that have gone through a kiln are placed creatively on the ceiling and wall.  Giving a modern but homey feel, the restaurant reflects an inviting feeling, allowing you to feel like everyone is welcome. And that is exactly what owner and chef Peter Karnouskos wants.

"I really wanted a warm, comforting place that anybody can come to," he said. Telly's Grill will be filled with traditional Mediterranean dishes as well as a twist to some of your favourites.

"I designed the menu around what I love to eat. I designed the menu to be based around comfort food.

We do have some stars in the s...

Haida Gwaii

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Haida Gwaii is where we call home during the winter months, and anyone who has ever been here knows how incredibly special it is.  It is one of the truly unique destinations in Canada   that offers something for everyone to relate to.  Whether you choose to come in the summer, winter, for fishing or touring you will have a very memorable and wonderful experience.

Here is a photo blog of a day Chris George and I took exploring the coast.  It started off as one of those magical days but ended up taking an ugly and unexpected turn that involved an ambulance, a coast guard trip at 11pm and a hospital!

Launching at low tide

Spectacular coastline

Firing out the Prawn and crab traps...

How to Consistently spot Steelhead

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No, sorry, this isn’t a dissertation on my youth and its addictive lifestyle, nor is it about swimming into toilet bowls and/or breaking the law to get a fix.…

Actually, wait—maybe I could write a dissertation on some of that, at least as far as youth and addictions go.

Growing up on the Canyon Rivers of the North Vancouver, rivers dominated by deep pools and tail-outs, giant boulders and cliff faces, I found waters that fit my addiction to fishing like a glove, as they had my paternal father’s and his father’s before him. Some of the pools are actually our namesakes. I learned these waters intimately and thoroughly.

But, I didn’t just simply stroll out and start beating the waters here; approaches were often down trails to canyon lookouts, steep descents into a mossy and wet canyon micro-climate...

Stranded on a desert island with 3 rods

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Yesterday I had a conversation with a guest about spey rods, and it raised a point regarding rod selection that I thought was interesting.

He indicated that he was contemplating buying several rods, and he asked me to name my 3 “go-to” spey rods.  Immediately I resisted answering—not out of fear of sharing my rod preferences but because I know that my preferences rarely match other peoples.

What’s wrong with that?  Well if he goes with my selections, it presumes that he and I are doing the exact same kind of fishing, which implies that our needs are identical and therefore that our rods should be as well.  I knew this wasn’t the case.  No two people ever fish precisely the same waters, and even if they did it’s unlikely they would fish them in the same ways.  So whil...

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