Yellow Sallies: Fly-fishing’s Bastard Stonefly
Jun20

Yellow Sallies: Fly-fishing’s Bastard Stonefly

An oft-overlooked fly on many Western rivers is the Little Yellow Stonefly — more commonly known as the Yellow Sally. Its brethren the Little Green Stonefly, or Lime Sally, suffers the same fate: both tend to hatch sporadically and in localized clusters, and many fly fishers aren’t aware of their importance to feeding trout when the fish lock in on them. Certainly neither fly garners the same attention as the more glamorous...

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Kayak Fishing: Working Out While Chasing Trout
Jun09

Kayak Fishing: Working Out While Chasing Trout

Sometimes you just need to get away, and that’s what I did last month with my new fishing kayak. I took off to the B.C. Interior for 10 days. I haven’t seriously fished lakes for 10 years, but this spring I decided to change that, so I set out for the Roche Lake region south of Kamloops. The kayak is almost 14 feet long, and the bed of my RAM barely holds my prone body, so obviously I needed a solution. I found it in a...

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The Bull River: Not What the Name Implies
Sep03

The Bull River: Not What the Name Implies

Regular clients of mine know that I’m not a fan of bull trout; any freshwater fish that doesn’t respond to hatches isn’t worthy of a fly-fisher’s attention. Call me a snob. I can live with that. So I’m pleased to report that southeast B.C.’s Bull River, which parallels the Elk River though one mountain range apart, is not named after a fish. Nor is it named after a bovine, which is probably the...

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New Tricks for Old Dogs
Jul05

New Tricks for Old Dogs

Clients often have trouble seeing their white-posted flies in heavy foam or under midday glare. Since seeing your fly is critical to successful fly-fishing, I’ve been experimenting with several new post colours that stand out under those conditions. Guides occasionally lapse into thinking that it doesn’t matter if clients see their flies – that the guide will yell “set” or “now” when...

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Southern Alberta Backroads: September
Sep22

Southern Alberta Backroads: September

The harvest is pretty much over, the grain piled high in farmyard silos, the rolled bales sprawling against a backdrop of snowy peaks and the first prairie frost. It’s September, and despite the hot afternoons, the water takes longer to warm in the mornings, the mist burning off the rivers as the trout start to stir and the first insects take flight. To read on click here...

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