Alaska Coho Fishing

by Erik Barrus   For many folks whether they have been fly fishing for a week or 30 years there are a few places around the world that are considered a Mecca of sorts for fly fishing. Runnin’ down browns on the South Island in New Zealand, hucking streamers for logs in the rivers of Patagonia in South America, nearly walking on top of salmon while trying to land a big ol’ buck during the silver runs in Alaska; these are a few of the places that people dream about.  I have had the great fortune to take in the...

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My First Trout

By Michel Carrier   I was five or six years old when my grandmother Irene took my brother and me down to Sisson Brook, a small stream located a few steps from the camp my grandfather had built in the forest of northwestern New Brunswick. Arriving on site, "Mémére" proceeded to cut down a few alder branches , to which she attached about fifteen feet of black fishing line (quite similar to the backing I now have on my salmon reel). It couldn't have been a more basic or rustic fishing rod, but we were in awe that she could...

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The Sasquatch Encounter

by Erik Barrus My favorite place to fly fish in Montana is a small mountain lake called Cabin Lake up the west fork of Thompson River. The lake is rife with native westslope cutthroats that fight like you stole their lunch money. I have been going to this lake at least once a year since I was sixteen years old. I have camped there many times; seeing bears, mountain goats, moose, and mule deer. It truly is my favorite place in the world. Having lived my whole life in northwestern Montana I grew up in the woods; hiking barely-worn trails,...

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Fish Stories #1

Photo by Dylan Rakes    In this edition of Fishing Stories we have 2 poems by Thomas Watts dedicated to one of our favourite fish, the brook trout!   Untitled #1    No wonder brook trout are dearly loved & so they should be.   In a world with diminishing light, they remain shrouded in mystery & magic, their sides and backs are adorned with galaxies of distant stars & constellations.    Truly the last of the remaining magical beasts, that this world has to offer.   - Thomas Watts   Untitled #2   When my eyes grow tired of...

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Fly Of The Month

The Starting Lineup

By Jamie Pike   With the 2022 Atlantic Salmon season upon us, albeit the first week, I have been perusing my fly boxes to make sure I am well equi...

Sakasa Kebari

by Amanda Hoffner Sakasa flies originated in Japan hundreds of years ago. The name refers to the way the hackle is tied onto the hook, which in th...

Jones Special

By Félix Lamoureux Originally created by Marc Leblanc, this fly has caught many Salmon! Recipe: Hook: Daiichi 2051 size 3-7 Thread: White Uni 8/0 ...

The Art of Fly tying – An escape from adversity

By Jamie Pike Where do I really begin?  I suppose I should go back to when I first tried my hand at binding feather and fur to the cold steel of a ...