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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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Gray Ghost: Learning as I go.

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Here's a photo of one of a pair of Gray Ghosts I tied yesterday. I have only tied a handful of these in my life so it's clearly not perfect, but it is definitely a fishable fly. I learned a fair bit from this attempt, as a tyer should from every pattern. Mostly I was once again reminded that quality material and good, fine thread make the fly better. I also learned that golden pheasant crest requires the patience of Job and that the whole thing would have been easier had I built the wings as separate components as Carrie...

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My emerald shiner pattern

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Here's a pattern I tied yesterday. I'm still working out the finer points of this emerald shiner pattern so I won't reveal a recipe yet. Having said that i think this thing will be a killer for lake trout in the spring and can hardly wait to use it. Around here, our lakers love shiners. I'll develop this pattern further over the next year until I can honestly tell you that it catches more than my fancy. Stay tuned.

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Backwoods brook trout adventure

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  Last weekend, I took a much needed break and made my way into the back country with a friend. Our goal was to camp, canoe, relax and find a few brook trout. I'm happy to say that we accomplished everything on that list. This little adventure took place on the Haliburton Highlands Water Trails, which sits on the site formerly occupied by the Frost Centre. Our route was fairly simple -- up St. Nora's Lake to the 813 metre portage that took us to Sherbourne. Another 20 minute paddle and we were at our campsite, which we used as a base. Once...

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Tying Tigers

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With brook trout season drawing so near, I decided to tie a few Edson Light Tigers -- a classic brook trout fly if there ever was one. Here's one of a half dozen I tied. This one is in Size 6. Can't say I've ever been able to make mine look overly neat but it's certainly fishable.  The recipe is as follows: Thread: Yellow 8/0 Hook: Mustad 9672 or any other 3XL  streamer hook in sizes 6 to 10  Tag: gold tinsel Tail: folded barred wood duck Body: peacock herl rope Wing: yellow bucktail Overwing: red hackle Eyes:Jungle cock (optional)  ...

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