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Stevie's Bucket List

So as a fishing guide people always assume I must have lost my passion for the sport along the way. While I don’t race out to fish the water I guide I still have major passion for the sport. I'm in no need to punch numbers off my bucketlist but in the event I'm well prepared!

#5- Prince of Wales, Alaska steelhead- As a guide in Haida Gwaii the thought of even more, remote, tea colored rivers where steelhead swarm in on giant tides has my attention. Lush rainforest, minimal access and an...

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5 things NOT to get Anglers for XMAS

So in keeping with my reputation as cheif tackle critic I figured I’d make a quick guide in response to Dereks Christmas Gift blog. These are things you might think are a good idea to get the fishing person in your life but you couldn’t be more wrong.

 

Disclaimer: the opinions expressed here are only a result of many years of verbal abuse, head trauma, rejection and personal failures and in no way represent the company vision of Epic or much less a person in full control. Consider at...

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Epic Christmas Gift suggestions

Christmas time leaves most folks huddled around fly tying benches and computer screens pining away over photos. It’s not always easy to come up with that daily fish picture so many Instagrammers are striving for when things are iced over. If you’re like us, however, when you’re not fishing you’re acquiring gear, gadgets, and tools for the trade. Very few things will actually make you catch more fish, but a lot of new items consistently showing up at your local fly shops make the day a lot...

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Kodiak Kings

One of our Epic reps from Chile, Matt Nagler turned us on to the fishing on Kodiak Island.  It was a fishery we had heard the legendary stories about but had never seen.  Of course Kodiak is well known for catching saltwater freezer fish all day long, and the rivers are so chalked full of coho you can hook one every cast.  However what always peaked our interest was the opportunity to swing for King salmon and steelhead on small, intimate, uncrowded systems.  Kodiak is one of these secrets...

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Epic pivots direction

There is one quality that no business owner or entrepreneur could survive without and that is the ability to adapt.   We have always felt successful lodges are the ones most responsive to change.   Catch and release fishing has always been seen as sustainable tourism, attempting to make a low impact on the environment and local culture while helping to generate income, employment and the conservation of local ecosystems.  However recently with the  acceleration of the decline of British...

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King Salmon spey fishing: Your next addiction

Anyone who’s successfully chased king salmon using a spey rod knows it’s insanely exciting. The pull-your-arm-off grab happens more often with king salmon than even with steelhead. The runs are powerful, and with a chance at hooking one over 30 pounds on any given tide makes it a truly addictive hobby. One of the things that gets a lot of people interested in trying it is that it often happens in the summertime. It can be windy and wet, but it’s very rarely cold. In British Columbia, you can...

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