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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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Coast to Clouds Conservation Foundation 2017

 

In 2016 preparations for a conservation arm of Epic Waters Angling began. Armed with the successes of previous environmental organizations and already with focus on some core conservation concerns we set out to hone our activism. We felt that that the best way to affect change was wade right in – excuse the pun.

Anglers from all over the world travel to the Skeena region every year and many want to become involved in preserving its legacy. We can all agree that seeing steelhead and...

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King fishing Alaska

We reserved the peak weeks of the Kodiak Island King salmon run months ago to secure spots for our Epic guests. Our guests will be fishing the Ayakulik River staying at a camp run by Alpenview outfitters. They are the only licensed operator allowed to overnight with guests in the park in which the camp lies (Kodiak National Wildlife refuge). Fish in Solitude on our epic trips. Over a 4 month season the camp only sees 6-8 private groups float through in rafts. This allows for very exclusive...

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Proper short line skagit casting

Fishing short lines is a topic that has probably been done to death.  Even epic has several blog posts about how effective it can be.  The problem is that people don’t accept how difficult fishing a short line effectively is.  Every subtle mistake with a short line is exemplified 10 fold with the fly.  Without much line in the water to stretch or absorb your mistakes your poor fly gets tossed around like your favourite shoes in the hands of your new Labrador puppy dog.  

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