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
September 17th, Fall Steelhead Primer Fall steelhead, for many anglers are enigmatic and out of reach. If standing in 3 degree water, making a few hundred casts and maybe getting a bump on your fly for your efforts is the idea of a good day, than you’re ready for the fall steelhead course. The truth is though, steelhead are not difficult to fool and we’ll make the puzzle come together, along the way explaining the many why’s. This course will highlight: Timing the run and the signs to look for to time the highest percentage fishing within the run. Why and when they move and why and where they hold. Main stream techniques, advance techniques and the casts used to
Saturday October 15,2011. Bean Park,Paris ,Ont. 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Spey casting demos and instruction from fellow speyniacs. Free BBQ lunch with refreshments provided. …Any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org cell:519-497-9731 http://www.grandriverspey.ca/ The Grand River Spey Clave originated in 2007 and over the years had become one of the biggest Claves in North America. Top instructors from around the world have attended and shown their skills in Traditional, Skagit, and Scandinavian Spey techniques on the banks of the picturesque Grand River (Lower Grand Water Shed). Scott Mackenzie and Gordon Macleod where the highlights of last year’s Clave coming all the way from Scotland. A group of 250 plus people will gather along the banks of Bean Park, located in beautiful town of Paris.
I can still remember the excitement rising up alongside the morning sun as I pedaled my homemade bicycle, affectionately nicknamed “the swampcycle”, over the loose gravel concession road to where it ended at the Maitland River for a morning fish. In the last couple of decades I’ve been blessed enough to have found many rivers throughout Ontario that have captured a piece of my heart, but the Maitland will always be weighted with significance. The Maitland River was my introduction to river fishing; a bi-weekly escape for a city boy longing to be a country boy. The Maitland River is a large & complex meandering river that changes faces a number of times throughout its entirety. From the almost stagnant
Information for fly fishing the Beaver River in Southern Ontario. Mainly looked at as a cold water stream, the Beaver river and its pristine tributaries are host to several species of trout and salmon as well as bass and other warm water species in the lower sections. The Beaver River in southern Ontario flows from the Niagara Escarpment and empties into Nottawasaga Bay, an inlet of Georgian Bay, at the town of Thornbury, Ontario. A fish ladder near Thornbury allows migratory fish such as trout and salmon species to reach spawning areas up river. Flowing through The Beaver Valley, which is a deep wedge on the western side of the Niagara escarpment, formed by a much larger ancestor of this
This is a little teaser of some of the fish we got into in the fall of 2009 while filming during the migratory trout and salmon runs in the Great Lakes Tributaries. Episode two of the second season of Bingo Bango Fly Fishing is set to be released at the end of February, 2010.
Egg flies were designed to resemble the eggs of fish, and in particular the eggs of migratory species such as Chinook salmon and Rainbow trout. They come in as many colours and sizes as there are tyers, and their usefulness as a late fall and winter and early spring steelheading fly is well proven. This pattern is tied very small and is useful when the water is low and gin clear and the fish are easily spooked. From experience, the best material to use when tying these egg flies is McFly foam which should be available at your local fly shop. [singlepic id=50 w=500 float=center] Hook size 14 egg fly Thread white 8/0 Egg McFly Foam Fly Pattern Specific Rivers:
Information on the Bighead river in southern Ontario. This river is probably best known for its run of steelhead rainbow trout in the fall and spring. It is also host to an excellent cold water fishery in its upper reaches. The Bighead River is a river in southern Ontario which flows from the Niagara Escarpment near Chatsworth, Ontario and empties into Nottawasaga Bay, an inletof Georgian Bay, at Meaford, Ontario. There are several hiking trails along the river including ‘Trout Hollow Trail’ and sections of the Bruce Trail. It is a small river. Really only the locals and seasoned veterans know the upper reaches due to its thrashingly thick bush and untouched banks. Private property conceals most of the river.
The Nottawasaga river, or the Notty as its friends call it, is a massive river that flows north into Nottawasaga Bay. The river is home to an outstanding run of steelhead, as well as salmon species in addition to its warm water fish population.
Go To: Upper Saugeen River Hatch Chart Information for fly fishing the Saugeen river in Southern Ontario. The Saugeen river offers a wealth of fly fishing opportunities. Both warm and cold water species exist in this giant watershed. Everything from Musky to Brook trout and everything in between. This is one river in Ontario that you should fish without doubt. There are several campgrounds on the river, and various access points that offer you fly fishing opportunities in many communites on the river. Few rivers insouthern Ontario are as large and complex as the Saugeen. From its tiny beginnings near Dundalk, Ontario, the Saugeen flows west, fed by several large and small tributaries along its way. The Saugeen River is located