Fly Fishing The Beaver River

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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

The New Fly Fisher – Part Two

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Getting a start on some great fly fishing. Steve Dobson clarifies what you need to know, and what you don’t need to buy when getting started in fly fishing! Starting from Scratch- Rods, Reels and Lines In preparing to write this article, I have tried to think back to when and how I got started fly-fishing. For me it was a writer, Roderick Haig-Brown. His book ?A Primer of Fly-Fishing? gave me the basic information I needed to get started. His book called ?A River Never Sleeps? made me want to start and ?Bright Waters, Bright Fish? made me a fanatic. Having decided to try it, I went to the local fly shop – not a very good experience for

The New Fly Fisher – Part One

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Fly Fishing Advice for the Beginner First Things First – Getting Started in Fly Fishing Getting a start on some great fly fishing. Steve Dobson clarifies what you need to know, and what you don’t need to buy when getting started in fly fishing! So, my friend is getting back to fly-fishing. He has not done much fishing of any kind since he was kid in the UK as far as I know. He has not asked me for my advice but you can bet that I have been thinking about it. The question I ask my self is this. ?Knowing what I know now, if I was to go back and start again with the same budget what would

Blown Rivers and Steelhead

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Fly Fishing Blown Rivers for Steelhead Rainbow Trout Fly fishing in Ontario – Fishing blown rivers for steelhead can be a daunting task. With the proper presentation and techniques, you could be the only one on the river catching fish when its running high and dirty! Most anglers have limited time to spend on the river steelheading. Many are restricted by work (or spouses!) to only fish on weekends or random weekdays off work. Unfortunately, this may not correspond to ideal river conditions. Most people will check a forum or website to see about water clarity and flows. Under almost all combinations of the 2, the river is fishable usingvarious techniques. After a snow and rainfall, sometimes the river is

Fly Fishing The Saugeen River

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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

High Stick Nymphing for Trout

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This is an extremely effective and neat way to nymph! Otherwise known as shortline nymphing, heavy nymphs and long rods are a bonus in most cases. Below the waters surface is a world like no other. Minnows, leeches and other creatures lurk about, hoping they are not being watched by a big trout. What we are concerned with here however is not a minnow or a leech, but larvae, pupae and nymphs. Streams abound with these pre-flight creatures year round, so its not all that surprising that the diet of a trout consists of some 70-80% nymphs taken below the surface. With different species, different water conditions and water quality, it can seem quite daunting at first to look below

Fly Fishing With Dry Flies – Three Methods Appraised

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Fishing with dry flies can be quite intimidating for the beginner. It takes years to perfectly master dry fly fishing and to accomplish what you set out to do. Here we’ll look at three dry fly fly fishing techniques to employ out on the river. Perhaps one of the most identifying aspects of fly fishing is a trout taking a fly from the surface of a stream. With that said, one of the most daunting tasks that a fly fisher will have to accomplish when embarking on the mission of trout tempting is presenting a dry fly properly. Presentation has much to do with how you place the fly where you intend to put it, but has much more to do with

Small Stream Fly Fishing

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Techniques and Tactics for small stream Fly Fishing Looking to hit some small streams or creeks this season? The effort you put into understanding how to fish creeks and small streams will pay off directly in your success with fishing these areas. Most of the small streams we have in Ontario see far less pressure than the larger, open rivers we have. Casting,  accessibility and frustration probably play a large role in why these streams see so little action from fly fishers. Generally, these streams will be about 15 feet wide at their widest, will have terribly overgrown banks and plenty of log jams to hang up on. It takes several trips and many, many lost flies to perfect your

Using a Wading Staff

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A few years ago, I started using a stick when wading across brooks and streams. The first time it was because I had picked up a piece of Maple, gnawed by beavers… A few years ago, I started using a stick when wading across brooks and streams. The first time it was because I had  picked up a piece of Maple, gnawed by beavers into the perfect shape and length for a walking stick. Having it to hand  anyway I continued to use it as I walked across a freshet-full brook to get to a fishing spot. It made what would have  been a mildly treacherous adventure much less risky.  From then on, when walking into or out of favourite