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

Identifying Spawning Redds

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Spawning Redds – Avoid Trampling Spawning Beds In the spring and fall here in Ontario, several species of fish make their way into tributaries of the great lakes to spawn.  In the fall, Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, brown trout & rainbow trout make up the bulk of the runs.  In the spring, its mainly rainbow trout with the exception of a few tributaries that have spring salmon runs. Although there are stocking programs in place for these species in Ontario, there are also naturally reproducing populations of all of the above species.  One of the key factors in ensuring these natural stocks are able to continue on is the ability to identify, and avoid trampling the areas in which they

Small Stream Log Jam Skating Dry Fly Fishing Methods Catching Brook Trout

Small stream fly fishing – Skating dry flies in Log Jams is a very successful method of fly fishing on small streams. This is tutorial on how to do just that! One of the single best fly fishing techniques that I know of is skating dry flies into log jams. Brook trout love to hide in heavy cover, such as log jams, sweepers and overhangs on the banks of streams. Using nymphs to fly fish for these fish can result in many lost flies. Try skating your dry fly straight into log jams as demonstrated in this video.

Upper Credit River Hatch Chart

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The Upper Credit River is truly an anglers dream. Situated in southern Ontario, this stream holds resident populations of giant wild brown trout, as well as native brook trout populations. The river has special regulations throughout which makes it one of Ontario’s premiere trout fly fishing destinations. This is a simple but very useful hatch chart for the upper credit river. This chart outlines the main hatches, there are many more bugs that call this blue ribbon stream home!

Fly Fishing The Bighead River

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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.

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