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Fly tying season is here

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If the amount of orders this little shop has been receiving lately is any indication at all, fly tying season is upon us. I think there is something about the onset of winter and dreams of spring that gets a fly tyer in something akin to panic mode. We look at our fly boxes and we don't see that they are half full. We only see the spaces that could be filled with a fresh batch of flies.  And there is an urge to remedy that sorry state of affairs. We then strategize like the best of generals. We scour...

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Getting ready for winter steelhead

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The truth of the matter is I never fish after hunting season begins. Two reasons influence this decision. First, I love hunting more than any other outdoors pursuit and the window of opportunity for small and big game is relatively short -- so I hunt when I can. The second reason is that Ontario's winter climate throws a lot of obstacles at a fly angler, from frozen guides to frozen fingers.  I know; the rewards can be great too. That's why I'm giving winter steelheading a fair shake this month. I'm doing it right and fishing with a knowledgeable guide. As a...

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River bass are best

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OK, if you were to judge this bass on size alone, you would not be so impressed. It is 11 inches at best. But, if you were holding the fly rod that I held when this little locomotive struck in the fast water of a local river, you might give this little fellow a whole lot more in the way of respect. He earned every bit of his freedom.  River smallmouth are like that. They punch above their weight. They strike hard and fight till the end.  Oh, and they know how to use current too.  When you get a...

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Flashabou-ribbed hare's ear

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A quick video of a Double-barrel popper

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