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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...
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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...
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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...
Gomphus: A Blend of Function and Form
by Phil Rowley From his Fly Tying Column One of the best dragon nymph imitations is Jim Crawford’s Gomphus. Although technically not a Gomphus imitation, Gomphus or Gomphidae are most commonly found living in slow moving sections of rivers and streams,
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Boat Inspections Now Mandatory
British Columbia is still free of invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Invasive freshwater mussels cause major environmental, economic and social impacts to B.C.’s freshwater ecosystems including our native salmon populations. Zebra and quagga mussels are primarily spread by watercraft transported...
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The Green Back Pheasant
When it comes to incorporating natural materials such as pheasant tail or peacock, many tyers shy away, critical of these natural materials’ ability to survive the rigours of a busy day of fishing. Many tyers today, myself included, rely on...
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Halibut Fishing Around Vancouver Island
In the last two decades halibut angling has really taken off in British Columbia. The popularity of these highly prized fish has been increasing on a yearly basis and in some areas of the coast halibut actually challenge chinook...
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Psychology of Dry Fly Fishing
This article originally appeared in the July/August issue of BC Outdoors It is a common belief that wet flies and nymphs are the most successful choice to catch a lot of fish. This does make sense as fish feed subsurface...
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Fly-Tying: The Kaufmann Stone
I have long been a fan of Randall Kaufmann’s patterns and tying techniques. His stonefly nymph is one of my favourites. A Kaufmann Stone is one of my go-to patterns when imitating larger stonefly nymphs for both trout and steelhead.
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Stamp River Winter Steelhead Report
The Winter run Steelhead are throughout the entire river now and we have been running trips on both the upper, middle and lower sections. This was a good day with all boats hooking at least 4 fish per boat,
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