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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Peacock Nupiale

By Christian Frenette    As a fly tier, it’s impossible to ignore salmon flies. Whether you fish them or not, they are true works of art. They are all unique in their colours, their shapes and the story they tell. Even though I'm more of the freestyle type, I occasionally flip through books by renowned tiers to look for inspirations and to learn more about the origin of their patterns. This is how I discovered the fly that would allow me to venture into the mesmerizing world of salmon flies: The Nuptiale. This 1984 creation by Yvon Gendron, appears in...

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Fish Stories #2 - 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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The Undertaker

by Kenzie Kozera Created by Warren Duncan in 1979, the Undertaker has become a staple in the fly boxes of Atlantic Salmon and Steelhead anglers across the globe. After initially swinging through the rivers of New Brunswick, the Undertaker has taken on many iterations in size and profile. Personally, I have Undertaker variants in my fly boxes ranging from sparse size 12 single hooks to size 2 muddlers or spey-style versions. The contrast of the dark leading half and colourful butt of the fly is said to be very effective at triggering reactionary strikes or takes by both Atlantic Salmon...

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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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The Art Of Fly Tying... In Hand!

Photo by Ryan Taylor I was super stoked when Ryan approached me about building a custom tool wallet. I had been wanting to design one for a while and this was the perfect excuse to get that project started.  What made this collaboration even more special is the fact the Ryan ties his flies in hand! He wanted a wallet that could hold the essential tools for travelling and tying flies on the river. Ryan started to tie flies in hand around 6 years ago, he got into it by watching one of his influencers Jin. He thought it was the coolest thing...

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