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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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About our new front page photo

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If you entered the website through the front page, you might have noticed a new photo there. It is of a black bear green butt steelhead pattern tied by yours truly. It's not perfect -- none of my flies are -- but it is a good representation of a venerable pattern that uses interesting but common material. The recipe is as follows; Hook: Mustad S-73 or equilavent to preferred size Thread: Black thread 6/0 or finer. Tag and ribbing: Silver oval tinsel to match Butt: green floss (I used neon green monocord in this case because I liked how it...

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The McMillan Stone

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It's not about the money

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The photo accompanying this blog post shows a slightly worn copy of Bill McMillan's classic book on steeleheading. It's also the book I'm reading now.  I'll admit, this was not my intent. In fact, I was practically forced into the process by my better half. Before you think that she's some sort of angel who only wants what's best for my angling education. let me explain how this unlikely conversation came about.  Tying a couple of Winter's Hope steelhead flies caused me to recall having this book somewhere in my vast fly tying library. I wasn't 100 per cent sure, however. So when...

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No better time for Winter's Hope

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I planned on ice fishing this morning but the thermometer outside my window read -24. Since I wasn't going to fish from a hut, I chose to pursue my other winter pastime instead. That being tying flies for the season to come.  That's why it is appropriate that the fly pictured above is called "Winter's Hope." It's an old steelhead pattern designed by the legendary west coast angler Bill McMillan. As always, my version has a few flaws -- the return tinsel wrap has a gap or two and the head might be a touch too large --  but, ultimately, that...

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