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BC's Ongoing Herring Plunder

The BC Herring Fishery

The BC government divides the coast herring population into 5 categories and defines only the Straight of Georgia population as healthy. Despite closure on the rest of the coast, the commercial fishery there is still permitted a 20% harvest annually, a number in heated contest. In 2018 the fisheries minister famously permitted a similar harvest threshold despite the advice of her own scientists recommending less than 10%. In 2019 the commercial...

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Togiak River Kings

Everyone has different expectations when fly fishing for king salmon. For some folks, just catching some is enough. Whether stripping flies through sloughs, or swinging up older, colored fish, they are happy as long as there is a good chance they will hook at least one. Others prefer rivers a little closer to the ocean, where the kings have a better chance of being bright.   These are all just personal preferences, neither better than the other. 

Some anglers think if they are hooking...

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Funny how things work out

Considering the fact I was born in a suburb of Toronto, Ontario, I have a surprisingly and rather lucky diverse history in the fly-fishing industry. I grew up spending my summers in upstate New Yorks, Catskill Mountains, fishing the waters around our family farm. This area is the stomping grounds of the famous instructor Joan Wulff. Rivers like the Beaverkill, Delaware, Esopus, and countless others offer some very cool fishing opportunities. 

Fishing these technical rivers on the fly...

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These five feats with a spey rod are likely to give you the same feeling as sex.

A new study by Boom and Wilde reveals something else can release the same chemicals in our brains as sex. They found it can  happen while spey fishing for steelhead.  You are probably coming off a serious high after Valentine’s Day, and if you’re looking for your next fix, look no further than your closest steelhead river.   

No surprise was that a dry fly steelhead came out on top as the most euphoric feeling in the Boom and Wilde study, and researcher Dr. Fairbroker said, “Steelhead...

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See it again for the first time

There is something special about getting intimate with a stretch of water. It is an opportunity usually held for someones ‘home water’ if they live on a river and get to grow up fishing it day and day out.  For fishing guides the lure of the job is often to be able to explore and fish lots of different rivers and beats.  Guides often look at fishing the same beat every day as a negative and boring.  However there are a few guides who take the opportunity to fish a beat every day for weeks at...

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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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