VIDEO – Drift Boat Guide Ken Chandler Profile

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Mad Fisher Media (http://www.madfisher.net) put together this short promo video for Ken Chandler Fly Fishing Adventures. Ken is based in Markdale, Ontario.  He was one of the first guides working with Grand River Troutfitters in Fergus.  Since then, he’s become an established, independant drift boat guide in southern Ontario. Ken guides nearly year round for resident trout, bass, pike, musky, carp and steelhead. Read an article about him here:  Ken Chandler Fly Fishing Guide Visit his website here:  Ontario Drift Boat Guide ~ Guided steelhead, trout, bass and musky trips

Ontario's Top Fall Flies

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Fly fishing in Ontario in the fall means different things to different people.  The main quarry at this time of year are Steelhead and Brown trout.  Some species of pacific salmon can also be targeted, but make up a much smaller portion of what folks are targeting this time of year. Here I’ve compiled a list of my top flies for Steelhead and Brown trout in the great lakes region. Egg flies, Globugs,  Yarn Flies Eggflies are one my my go-to flies for the fall and winter season.  When I’m nymphing, or fishing an indicator setup, you can pretty much be guaranteed that you’ll find a globug pattern attached to my rig somewhere.  Make sure you keep a good supply

Bronte Creek Salmon Poaching

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Province Launching Investigation Into Ontario’s Bronte Creek Salmon Poaching The most sickening thing about this passion we all have, fishing, is the people who go about it in the most unethical, and illegal ways they can.  Its fall in Ontario again, and our rivers look like it… Finally the Ministry of Natural Resources is stepping up, follow this link to read the story on the Inside Halton website:   Bronte Creek Salmon Investigation This is the time of year that some of the worst anglers come out to play. It’s fall, and we have many species of migratory salmon and trout entering the great lakes tributaries.  While many folks choose to angle these fish in legal, ethical ways, many more

Fall Trout In Southern Ontario

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Fall in southern Ontario is a great time.  Although the end of September brings the end of resident trout season, this time of year can be one of the best for finding big browns.  Brown trout, and brook trout both spawn in the fall.  These species take on some amazing colours as they prepare to spawn, and they also begin to feed heavily knowing that a long, cold winter is just around the corner. Generally speaking, you want to use big flies for big browns.  These fish don’t get big simply by feeding on tiny nymphs and flies.  They get big eating such things as mice, frogs, smaller trout as well as any other baitfish that may call the same

Mike Verhoef Maitland River Steelhead Guide

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Story by Tim Smyth Photos by Mike Verhoef Many of us who have taken to the sport of fly fishing in Ontario have probably also become well aware of some of the guides to our craft that service our waters. One of the first that came to my attention, partly because he specializes on one of my favourite rivers, is Mike Verhoef. A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to meet with Mike on the Maitland itself, for a brief meet and greet with some fishing thrown in for fun. I planned to meet Mike on the river at a creek mouth we both knew. As I approached from downstream, I found Mike already engaged with a fly-fisherman clearly

Season 2 Episode 2 Bingo Bango Fly Fishing

In this episode of Bingo Bango Fly Fishing, the crew heads out to several Ontario Steelhead Fly Fishing Destinations to hunt migratory steelhead rainbow trout as well as Brown trout, Chinook Salmon and Coho salmon.Finally released, the first episode of season two – Bingo Bango Fly Fishing. Its fishmas eve, and the Bingo Bango folks are at it once again for some small stream resident trout action, and then a few days on great lakes tributaries for Ontario Steelhead.

Spring River Safety For Kids

Spring River Safety for Your Children   Early spring is the time of year us fly fishermen start getting the itch to fish real bad. With less than six weeks left until many Ontario Rivers open for the season there is lots to look forward to. One thing we need to keep in mind is just how dangerous blown or swollen rivers can be. I took a walk with my kids down for a look at the local trout river the other day and she was a raging force of water, mud and debris. The bridge in the park where we were is normally 2 feet above the average summertime water level. The other day it was fully submerged by

Upper Grand River Hatch Chart

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The Grand River in southern Ontario is often boasted as being one of the best brown trout fly fishing rivers in Ontario. Many of us would beg to differ on that point, but it remains a very popular destination for fly fishers. The flow of the Grand River is regulated by the Shand Dam. There is an abundance of insect life that flows through this bottom draw dam year round, so the trout in the river are well fed.