Category Archives: Expert Advice

The Pink Dancer Fly Pattern: Sweep ‘Em off their Fins

As fly fishers and tyers we spend much of our effort attempting to match the hatch. Using flies and presentation techniques intended to draw a natural feeding response from a trout. The reality is that at times trout aren’t feeding. Our natural attempts go unanswered. In these situations, use patterns and techniques to trigger a […]

Coho Tips: Put More Silver Bullets into Your Net

September is here, and this means some larger coho aka silver salmon should be showing up in the next few weeks. This is one of my favourite times of the season and for good reason. When found, coho can provide some of the most exhilarating, hard, and aggressive hits of any salmon species. Here are […]

Summer Fly Fishing Tactics for Trout on Lakes

Setting the Scene Even though we are in the mid-summer period there is still some great stillwater fly fishing to be enjoyed on the literally thousands of small productive lakes found throughout western Canada and the United States. While the majority of aquatic insect hatches have occurred the trout still have to eat and it’s […]

What is Euro-Nymphing? A Beginner’s Guide

While it’s been practiced for years across the Atlantic, European nymphing is becoming extremely popular here in North America and with good reason—it’s arguably the most effective way to target trout and other species in rivers across the continent. The Presentation Euro-nymphing is a relatively easy tactic to learn, however to become truly proficient, one […]

Boost Your Amateur Fishing Photography from Average to Awesome

With the popularity of Instagram, our exposure to—and desire to create—memorable fishing photography has never been higher. At the same time, the power of most modern cell phone cameras puts to shame the image quality of most point and shoots from even five years ago. That said, there’s far more to taking a good photo […]

Winter Steelhead Fishing out of a Drift Boat

Winter Steelhead Drift Boat

There are many ways to target winter steelhead here in B.C. Popular techniques include drift fishing with float rods, bottom bouncing, casting and swinging spoons, spey fishing, and—although not as popular in Canada as it is to the south of us—side drifting. In this piece, I’m going to cover the basics when fishing out of […]

A Little Static Interference, a Lot of Fish

Static Interference Fly Pattern

Good fly tyers are always on the lookout for new and unique materials to improve their success on the water. Field Team member Phil Rowley is no exception. One day while unpackaging some electronics circuitry, he noticed that the gun-metal coloured anti-static bag it came in was the perfect match to an emerging chironomid. After […]