Evolution of a Fly – Sawyer’s Pheasant Tail


The Pheasant Tail is probably one of the most popular nymph imitations used in Fly Fishing. It was created and tied by English River Keeper, Frank Sawyer.  The fly was originally developed to imitate a number of species of the Baetis family, which most anglers know as ‘Olives’.  Since its origin, the fly has evolved into a go to pattern that can be used interchangeably for imitating various mayfly and stonefly species, depending on the colours used to tie it. Like most nymph patterns, this fly can be fished just below the surface or plunged deep into runs and pools. It’s effective when twitched to imitate an emerging or swimming insect, or dead drifted as a nymph caught struggling in

Ontario Trout Opener 2014

Headed out with the usual crew of cabin fevered pals for the weekend. Had one new fella out with us this year. He survived. We headed to our trout camp on Friday afternoon to get camp set up and do some scouting. Checked out a few streams and had a hard time deciding where to put our focus for the weekend. In the end, we just split up and fished all of them! Friday afternoon was a bit chilly. We had some snow mixed with rain for a couple of hours. Nothing a wee bit of maple syrup whisky won’t take care of though. I made a half dozen litres of maple syrup this year, and turned half of it

Stolen Driftboat Net


This from Bruce Farrell of Grey Bruce Outdoors: One of the very first Custom Nets I made for a GBO Member has been stolen. Thursday evening (March 20/2014), in Sauble, at a store, right out of a drift boat. The net taken is Number 008. It is a one of a kind, the person who stole it has no idea that this net is extremely identify-able and unique, they do not have a hope in hell of saying they bought it somewhere!! Unless they bought it from the thief. To the thief, give it back, now! If you don’t there will be about 5 thousand anglers looking for it and I am not saying you will be dealt any sympathy

Downstream Vol. 1 ~ Testing Trout


There is an underground cult of hardcore fly anglers in Ontario obsessed with chasing wild trout in virtually untouched waters. For many, the only way to experience these streams is vicariously, through stories and myths passed down from generation to generation. Those who know these streams keep them secret and hold them close. No Video?  CLICK HERE Most of these anglers are as tight lipped as the fish that swim in these streams. Follow us chasing huge brown trout with streamers in some of Ontario’s finest trout streams. Hatch Addicts obsessing over mayfly hatches and spinnerfalls while casting to colourful brook trout and weary browns in tiny streams. Coming from Madfisher Media, a new film exploring Fly Fishing in southern

Grand River Spey Clave 2013 Location Change

There are some issues going on at and around Bean Park that affect the feasibility of using it as a venue for this year’s Spey Clave. None of the issues are as a result of the Clave but they definitely do affect the Clave. As a result the area at bean park which we have used for parking in the past has now been posted as no parking so we will not have sufficient for the Clave at Bean Park. In the best interest of the Clave we have decided to change the venue for the event to a place where we will have ample parking as well as a suitable place for the presentations. Unfortunately I have had no



Plecoptera are an order of insects, commonly known as stoneflies. There are some 3,500 described species worldwide, with new species still being discovered. Stoneflies are found worldwide, except Antarctica. [nggalbum id=2 template=extend]



Mayflies or shadflies are insects belonging to the order Ephemeroptera (from the Greek εφημερος, ephemeros = “short-lived” (literally “lasting a day” “daily” or “day-long”), πτερον, pteron = “wing”, referring to the brief lifespan of adults). They have been placed into an ancient group of insects termed the Palaeoptera, which also contains dragonflies and damselflies. They are aquatic insects whose immature stage (called “naiad” or, colloquially, “nymph”) usually lasts one year in fresh water. The adults are short-lived, from a few minutes to a few days, depending on the species. About 2,500 species are known worldwide, including about 630 species in North America. [nggalbum id=3 template=extend]

Fly Fishing Film Screening


This Sunday, April 7th, the Mad Fisher film, Downstream ~ Testing Trout is screening at the south Guelph Planet Bean Coffee bar on Gordon Street. After the film Ken from Ken Chandler Fly Fishing Adventures will be there to chat about Fly Fishing. Facebook Event Page:  http://www.facebook.com/events/480744288648087/  

Parachute Sulphur


“Sulphur” is the generic term used when we talk about the species of yellow mayflies that hatch in Ontario.  These tend to be smaller mayflies, but due to their abundance when hatching, trout will key in on them and gorge on the duns and emergers.