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Top Ten Fishing Spots in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Region
While the entire province is teeming with boundless opportunities for world-class fishing, the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast might be the most bountiful and versatile of B.C.’s six regions. The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is nestled between the province’s rugged northern region and...
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Divide and Dub: The Iron Lotus
Dubbing is one of the most useful and versatile fly tying techniques. It can be used to create a variety of appearances depending on the needs of the fly or your personal preference. Durability is one of my favorite aspects...
How & When to Fish Bait Holders & Tandem Hook Rigs
Background Bait holders have been part of the salmon trolling scene in BC for six decades. Since 1954 when the first herring strip...
Stillwater Fly Fishing App is Now Live
Have you ever wanted to spend a day on the water with Phil Rowley and Brian Chan? Here’s your chance to have them join you! Phil Rowley and Brian Chan, two of North America’s most respected Stillwater fly fishers, are...
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TNT: A Dynamite Solution
As summer transitions into fall, many anglers turn their attention to local rivers and the pursuit of Pacific salmon as they make their final spawning migration. Although fly fishers target all five species, for many, coho salmon are preferred. Todd Oishi...
English Dries: The Bristol Hopper
English stillwater dry flies differ from most of their North American counterparts. Many North American dry flies tend to rest on the water rather than in it. Simple and impressionistic, English stillwater dries are designed to sit low on the...
18th Annual Hyde Creek Salmon Festival
Join the 5,000 plus visitors from around the Lower Mainland who come out to celebrate and witness the return of thousands of Salmon, back to their birthplace to lay and fertilize their eggs. This free family event provides the opportunity to...
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Fly-tying Mmm Candy
The Surf Candy is one of a number of proven baitfish patterns designed and developed by New Jersey fly fisher and author Bob Popovics. Bob has spent years along the eastern seaboard of the United States chasing striped bass, bluefish...
Francois Lake Rainbow with Wild Gooseberries
I have lots of secluded fishing holes scattered throughout the north but one of my top destinations for rainbow is so big, bountiful and easy to access that there's no need to worry about keeping it under wraps because the...
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Ticking the Boxes: The Humped Back Spawner
On my fly pattern checklist, John Kent’s Humped Back Spawner ticks all the necessary boxes for a deadly freshwater shrimp or scud pattern. The Humped Back Spawner boasts a convincing realistic appearance, instantly appealing to any fly fisher the moment...
Discover Alberta's Blue Ribbon Rivers
By Phil Rowley When I first learned to fly fish, as with other fly fishers, I dreamt of one day casting to rising trout while standing knee deep in one of North America’s blue ribbon trout streams. Rivers such as the...
New Opportunities For Kokanee
The boat slowly idled through the morning fog, heading across the lake. It was amazing how quiet it was, given in the next few hours it would seem like a water skiing and tubing carnival. There was no sound except...
Jordan River Restoration
The Jordan River is a small river by Vancouver Island standards. It is located half way between Sooke and Port Renfrew and can be found by taking the Colwood exit off Highway 1 to Highway 14 and following the scenic...
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Top Ten Urban Fisheries
In an effort to find the best urban fisheries our province has to offer, I’ve contacted tackle shop owners and avid anglers from the ten biggest urban centers of B.C. These are the best fishing spots in each one, with...
Pinch Hitter: One Fly, Multiple Species
I was fortunate to meet Rob Texmo earlier this year. Rob is a talented tyer with a love for traditional Atlantic salmon and spey patterns, adapting the tying techniques and disciplines these flies require with great success for Pacific salmon...
Tips/Tricks/Tech Talk
Fly Tying- Pliva Perdigon
From Phil Rowley's Fly Tying Column In recent years European nymphing techniques have become dominant across North America. Not only the method itself but also the unique patterns fly fishers tie and use such as Spanish style nymphs. Spanish...
Tips/Tricks/Tech Talk
Fly Tying- Fly Craft Fullback
From Phil Rowley's Fly-Tying Column I divide fly patterns into three basic categories, suggestive, imitative and attractor. Each pattern category has a set of conditions when I am most likely to use them. Imitative patterns work best when a match the...
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Fly Tying- The Jelly FAB
The FAB is a clever blend of two popular stillwater attractors, the Booby and the Blob, two patterns that have been the subject of previous columns. Together, these three patterns form my current stillwater attractor pattern trinity. From the research...
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BC's Best Steelhead Flies
British Columbia’s storied waters are among steelheading’s most hallowed. Names like the Dean, Kispiox, and Bulkley are whispered with reverence internationally, and for many, a steelheader’s life is not complete without at least one visit to them all. I’m often asked...
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Basic River Navigation and Rescue for Anglers
First published in the July/Aug 2016 issue of BC Outdoors You have a pontoon boat, you read my previous article “Gearing up For Safe River Navigation” (May/June 2015, and online) and have all your safety gear, but now how...
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Hot Drinks to Warm up with on the Ice
Some recipes to prepare for the coming winter... Ice fishing is great fun for the whole family, but nothing puts a damper on the day faster than shivering bodies and chattering teeth which is why a good dependable thermos tops my...
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Salmon Steak with Chanterelles: A Fisherman's Fantasy Feast
Big water fishing and wild food foraging are two of my favourite sports and pairing up the fish of my dreams with a top woodland pick such as in this recipe produces a gourmet feast that money can't buy! I like...
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