Category Archives: Expert Advice

Finding High Water Steelhead Success

The month of January and the early part of February on the Olympic Peninsula and the Pacific Northwest in general is typically the wettest periods of rain for the region. During these times, many river systems are unfishable for weeks. Only a few short windows of high but fishable levels are available. This can be […]

Five Common Stillwater Fishing Mistakes

Part of the fuel that drives my stillwater fishing passion is the time I spend guiding or with students through my seminars or stillwater schools. From this time and experience on the water, I have watched both my clients and students struggle with several presentation challenges.Listed below are the five most coming stillwater fishing presentation […]

Fish Naked – Cut Plug Fishing With Big Coast

Remember the Cut Plug! Want to have more fun on the water? Fish naked. That’s right! Strip away every bit of extra tackle and you’re bound to have more fun on the water. While the proliferation of downriggers has no doubt opened up a much greater variety of techniques like flasher-fly/hoochie and flasher-spoon combos, they’ve […]

Fall Lake Fishing – Brian Chan’s Dream Season

There are literally thousands upon thousands of small productive trout lakes scattered throughout parts of the world and they are becoming increasingly popular fisheries in western Canadian provinces and American states. Fall lake fishing in particular provides an escape from often crowded western streams and tailwaters. The water in many stillwaters is nutrient rich and […]

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 […]