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The Oxtongue Bugger

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  This is what I call the Oxtongue bugger. It drives big brook trout wild in the tea-coloured waters in and around Algonquin Provincial Park. It's essentially a white bead-head woolly bugger but instead of a marabou tail, I use polar bear fur.  It's translucent and lifelike in the water and has a nice sheen to it. The recipe is: Hook: Any streamer hook, size 2 to 8 Bead: Size to suit water Thread: White thread Tail: polar bear hair with pearl Micro-flashabou accents. (3 strands each side of tail) Hackle: White Body: White cactus chenille      

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Last chance brook trout

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September is drawing near and with it comes the end of brook trout season where I live. These are the days of fine colour and wonderful cool air. Waters are easier to wade and the general feeling is one of serenity. I'll be heading out to one of my favourite brook trout lakes this week. I'll take fly rod and inflatable pontoon boat. Later, I'll visit a cherished river and make a day of it. This month hunting season begins in earnest. Soon, I'll trade fly rod for bow, rifle and shotgun. Time is running out to pursue those last...

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Catch and release

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This is one of my first video clips experimenting with my GoPro camera. It shows a little brook trout being released after it took a white woolly bugger. Notice the cover it immediately sought .Those boulders are at a current seam.

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