The Blue Jay Wet Fly, A Beautiful Fly With A Long History

by Fred Klein   The Blue Jay fly is a beautiful fly pattern with origins unknown but likely in the British Isles, as with many old patterns. The first documented account was included in Charles Orvis’ book ‘Fishing With The Fly’ in 1883. The wet fly shown on an oil color plate shows an American Blue Jay wing feather. American Blue Jays have been protected since 1918, all other references found later than this use European Blue Jay feathers, which are still readily available today.   Blue Jay as shown in Ray Bergman's Trout 1938   Jay Silver as shown...

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The Cascade

by Kenzie A creation of Ally Gowan, this flashier cousin of his uber-famous "Ally’s Shrimp" was described by Gowan as having a flowing effect and was suitably named the “Cascade”. This pattern has produced many Atlantic Salmon and sea-run trout across the globe and has earned a place in the fly box of many anglers (myself included). The Cascade appears to work in all conditions, whether it be a cloudy or a bright sunny day. The size and profile can also be adjusted to suit both high and low water conditions, with hooks as small as #12-14 in summer months and...

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A lot of (cast) irons in the fire!

There’s nothing better than freshly caught trout fried in butter. You don’t need to do much to make it tasty! I always bring my cast iron pan when I leave the house to go spend some time in the wilderness. I love how versatile it is, from cooking steaks to making eggs, this thing does it all. Get your fire started and wait till you have a nice bed of coal.  While you wait, prep your trout by making a cut with your knife from the back to the front along the centre of the belly and empty the inside. You...

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The Margaree River

Margaree, Nova Scotia By Kenzie Kozera & James Bessette   While it feels nearly impossible to put the beauty of Margaree into words, this blog post will attempt to do so and only hope that we remotely do it justice…  Margaree and its surrounding areas contain some of the most beautiful scenery one may encounter across the globe. With vegetation that glows so brightly green in this summer that you would assume photos are edited and vibrant fall colours that draw tourists to the Cabot trail from across the world, you will no doubt find yourself simply staring in awe...

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The Blue Charm

By Kenzie Kozera When a fly has been in use for more than a century, you can bet it works! Originating in the United Kingdom, the Blue Charm is now a global staple among anglers of multiple species. You would be hard pressed to find any angler in Atlantic Canada who does not have some variant of a Blue Charm amongst their boxes of wet flies. Originally tied as a feather wing with mallard or turkey, Blue Charms are more frequently tied with a squirrel tail wing now. However, you may notice that charms with a white wing (calf body, calf...

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The One That Got Away.

My passion for fishing started at a young age. My two younger brothers and I would go and cast at whatever would bite. The lake that our family cottage is on unfortunately does not have many fish, so we were excited when our dad said he had rented a spot on a beautiful nearby lake. Exploring new waters can be both gratifying and challenging. We didn’t know when we arrived, but that weekend would turn out to be more on the challenging side!  After a few days of hard fishing and nothing to show for it, we started to get discouraged....

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