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How to Consistently spot Steelhead

No, sorry, this isn’t a dissertation on my youth and its addictive lifestyle, nor is it about swimming into toilet bowls and/or breaking the law to get a fix.…

Actually, wait—maybe I could write a dissertation on some of that, at least as far as youth and addictions go.

Growing up on the Canyon Rivers of the North Vancouver, rivers dominated by deep pools and tail-outs, giant boulders and cliff faces, I found wate...

Stranded on a desert island with 3 rods

Yesterday I had a conversation with a guest about spey rods, and it raised a point regarding rod selection that I thought was interesting.

He indicated that he was contemplating buying several rods, and he asked me to name my 3 “go-to” spey rods.  Immediately I resisted answering—not out of fear of sharing my rod preferences but because I know that my preferences rarely match other peoples.


12 days of Christmas gifts for the fisherman

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me a partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Ok we may be last minute shoppers but our gifts are WAY better than a pear tree and turtle doves.  We would like to thank all our friends, readers and guests for a great year.  We will work hard in 2017 to improve in...

Winter Steelhead just isn't for you

Too many articles have been written about winter steelhead, so I shall tread lightly.  As most readers know, this is a very difficult fishery for those who do it on a swung fly.  Not to take anything away from indicator warriors or float fisherman, but swinging up a big, chrome tide fresh steelhead in absurdly cold temperatures is not an easy feat.  We often bite our lips on the Bulkley when guests utter a dreaded comm...

A Black Wolf, Ava, Madoff and a Grizzly + Sam McGee

A few short years ago, aside from the steelhead fishing while guiding at Damdochax Lodge under the supervision of Hannah Belford some noteworthy incidents occurred.  The experience, probably one of the most physically demanding guiding jobs of its kind was right down my alley although i admit some of it put me to the test.  When the helicopter arrives it lands at the bottom of a steep hill so all of the gear is hand...


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