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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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Fishing for Downstreamers??

This is always an exciting time of year online. Late spring marks the arrival of some amazing fisheries and big chrome steelhead pictures are soon to follow.

I love seeing people out there getting after it, especially friends. Mixed in Instagram feeds though are a generous smattering of pics with people hoisting up beat up kelt after kelt.

What’s a kelt? A kelt or a downstreamer is steelhead that has already spawned and is in the process of heading back to the ocean. Steelhead have the...

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The Mathematics of Catch and Release

Chinook Mortality- Help me… I was never good at math

Disclaimer: this is lacking proficient calculation, scientific fact and likely intelligence. It is however heavy on opinion…mine.

I recently had the pleasure of observing a meeting of the Sportfish Advisory Committee in Smithers. DFO head office was on conference call while local representatives made the journey down the block. The agenda was the closure of Skeena drainage chinook fishing for 2018 including...

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Oh those clients

A week at a good fishing lodge invariably makes as many memories off the water as on. And while every week of the season produces fishing stories those involved will never forget, from the perspective of staff and guides, the clients are what make it all worthwhile.

Contrary to what some may assume, being a client isn’t necessarily easy. Fishing trips are always golden in hindsight, but everyone knows that steelhead fishing isn’t a walk in the park. From a sore shoulder, to river blowouts,...

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Big Pine Key- Tarpon 2018

 

Irma descended upon the Caribbean in early September with relentless waves. A class 5 hurricane, it left a trail of destruction and despair in its wake. It was hoped that it might avoid landfall in the southern states but by September 10th was barrelling down on Cudjoe Key packing a 130 mile per hour punch. Irma grinded her way up the Florida panhandle before setting its sights to the north as far as Nova Scotia.

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Big Pine Key is...

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