Frowning weather – All smiles

This past weekend  I was lucky enough to spend the day on the water teaching/introducing this hobby…passion we call fly fishing to Stewart, a great guy from Montreal who was cashing in on his B-day present form his brother….a day trip with me to a river that shall remain nameless…Let’s just call it the AlmonS.

The weather for the last day of the season in up-state NY was dismal, rainy, often times pouring and a measly 8 degrees C, but we were all smiles for most of the day!

Nymphs were the order of the day, with a fish or two being lost on a streamer (Grey Ghost).

Stew was tied up at first with a golden Stone and my good friend the Lafontaine Caddis emerger, he brought 1 Rainbow, and 1 Brown to hand, both around 8″, his first fish on the fly! way to go Stew!.

After pulling in numerous caddis cases with the bright, almost fluorescent green larvae still inside I put on an heavy October Caddis nymph and trailed it with a bright green caddis larvae pattern…And that’s when the magic happened…first a gorgeous 12″ Rainbow, and this Slab of a Brown

Beautiful Fall colours on an 16″ Brown

Way to go Stew!
…though next we’ll have to work on your fish holding technique 😉

So basically, that’s it for the season! I’m going to try my best to get to Ontario in the next few weeks to chase some Steelhead, fingers crossed!

Tight Lines!



Mail it in film Friday’s

Hey everybody! How’s it going!
Temps are cooling down out east and rains have come…THANK GAAAAAD!

MG and I were able to get out last Sunday and did “OK” we each lost what was for sure a Trophy each after 2-3 head shakes…a lesson for you all…SHARPEN YOUR HOOKS regularly, and focus!!!

I’ll hopefully be getting out another day or two over the last 2 weeks of the season so they’re definitely be some updates for ya’ll. For now, however, here is another mail it in Film Friday’s…after the Friday where I wasn’t able to “mail it in”…stupid work that pays me! PFFFF!

This first film is from NZ and gave me the shivers, maybe it’s the ominous background music…maybe its the sheer awesomeness of this battle, start to finish…

Ok, this one is down right DIRTY!!! HUGE Pike on the Fly. Just watch for the wake….absolutely BANANAS!!!!

That’s it for this edition folks.

Tight lines and talk soon.


Up State NY sneak away

This past weekend I took the opportunity to sneak down to the Malone, NY are to get on a river. Due to the HOT weather in  the East this summer and very little rain I’d been Bassin’ all summer and hadn’t been on a river since mid July! So I was over due!

I was rewarded! in just under 5 hours I brought 5 fish to hand.

It started with a #16 October Caddis dry and a small, but pretty 6″ Rainbow.

The BWO’s were coming off in the late morning sun but there was no surface activity, and after a few more casts to some hot looking holes with no interest from any fish, I switched to a #18 Tung head Pheasant Tail trailed by a Lafontaine Caddis emerger. I immediately was nailed by this nice brown, who took the caddies pupa…

Nice 16″ Brownie

I ended up bringing a few more of roughly 12″-14″ to hand, so I left the river early enough to make my girl Sunday night dinner.

It was a good day.


Walter? Walter can you hear me?

Who is Walter?

We all know Walter, he hangs out in your local Lake, river or stream, he is the undisputed king of your area. Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to catch a glimpse, maybe even hook ol’ Walter…but never got to meet him up close and personal like.

My “Uncle Al” from Whistler, BC, where, in my opinion, the angels live, has asked me to head out to Whistler to hang and fish on numerous occasions. Al’s a “man about town” over there so if you’re ever in Whistler or planning a trip out there, Alan is your guy…trust me! Just check out Whistler’s Best
Now and then the stars align between my finances and schedule, and I’ll get to spend a spell out there Snowboarding and fishing…though its been far too long since that’s happened. But never the less, Al keeps me abreast of what he’s been catching.

So I get text about a week back or so from Al, “Call me” is all it says, of course I obliged. I’m thrown into a conversation about Al’s spot, a private lake not to be named. I’m regaled with stories of a fish, a Rainbow, “you mean a Steel-Head al, right?” “No, a RAINBOW”. He tells me of this fish, and I’m finding it hard to take, but friends don’t lie to friends about fish, and Al is one of the better ones, so I had to believe him. But just in case, I needed to see this fish…I was promptly e-mailed these pictures.

Meet Walter

if you’ve ever held such a massive fish on your pontoon boat, you know what he’s dealing with here…

Ya, that’s right… incredible! That fish was in a relatively small lake in Central BC… caught on a 5wt!!

Just to show you how camping/fishing can be with Al…

And then there’s the other fish…

a “decent” 20″ rainbow

umm, yes please

Tight Lines


WARNING! Battery too low for camera use!

Ahhhhh! Loooong weekends! Gotta love ’em! If you’re reading this, first off thanks! Secondly, I’ll admit something, I’m always jealous when you have your civic holidays when we in La belle Province do not! However, we do get our time off.

This past weekend was St. Jean baptist weekend in QC, so I was lucky enough to get on the water two  out of three days…and what do “they” say? 2 outta 3….anway.

Sunday was spent chasing Small mouth around MTL with MG, who was fortunate enough to sneak out during nap time 😉 WE got out there and within seconds MG was hooked up. “its fighting like a “w”ussy”! MG had hooked a Black Walleye…yes, a Black Walleye…look it up! Did GB get a picture…no, why? no net, finger in toothy jaw…fish gone, lesson learned, BRING NET! This fish was cool, looked like a Walleye, but was more beige/brown that yellow/gold, and with black spots all over, you could tell it really pent its time on the bottom….oh yeah, and he also landed a rather decent specimen Smallie.

I had this dark handsome lad (4 lbs easy), above, take a pretty large black leech pattern on an erratic/slow strip across a nice hole, about 5″ deep, littered with errant rocks here and there. That picture, taken with my Blackberry, does not do him justice. He took line like crazy and I managed to not allow him to jump and spit the hook once as he was close, so that was good, he came in easy after that….and of course all fish you see on Frost Heaves are released safe and sound after being revived.

“I love those real lazy Mondays, not like that fake lazy Monday that almost got me fired last week!” 

If you know that line then you know I changed it slightly for this post, and you also probably know you watch to much Simpsons. But really, this was a lazy Monday, or at least that’s how it started, you know, got up at 10, had a coffee on the balcony, looking forward to a day of noting to do. It had been really hot in MTL and I could tell it had rained over night, I thought to myself….River time! So a short hour and a half later I was on the river in up state NY. A short walk up stream and i’m into this pretty 14″ brown, with all his fins.

He was nestled in a very tight tight pool amongst a series of falls and fast flow, on what is basically my go to fly for theses rivers, the Caddis Sparkle emerger. The pool seemed like tough access for him, so he may be resident, and there again next time I go 😉 Once again this picture is taken with my BBerry, it a light rain so its foggy (sorry!) and of course, an here it is, after this picture: “WARNING! Battery too low for camera use“…good job!
I took one more Brown at another series of falls on a grey wooly bugger just up stream. This fish was larger than the the Brown pictured, by a solid 2”, I gave him an honest 16…fish tales? 😉

So that’s it for this post!
Thanks for reading! We’ll have some more (and better) pictures for you soon!

Tight lines

Sumer time Bassin’

Yup, that’s right folks! It’s officially summer time! …well, it is if you judge the changing seasons based on the opening and closing of the fishing seasons. Spring does NOT start March 21st, its April 15th or 30th, co-inciting with the opening of most of the Trout seasons; and summer, well that starts Father’s Day weekend…when Bass season opens!

This past weekend in eastern Canada it was just that, opening day for Small Mouth.

Living in Montreal, we have ample opportunity to chase these aggressive prize fighters…and aggressive they were!

So over the weekend I hit up some privately accessible waters along the St. Laurence. This stretch of the river has unbelievably large flats with undulating pockets of weed and rocks. The current is moving around 1km/hour, so a nice slow presentation is possible, or you can rip a nice Bass bug through some terrific pockets.

“Its so sunny and calm, I think Black is the key today”; “agreed”.

A cast across current, let the fly sink just a bit, impart some action. Its so bright I can see the black bugger working and undulating around rocks, through weed stems; Then a flash, the line goes tight and the rod jumps…Fish on! That was aggressive! He’s doggin’ it, no jumping, this fish is taking line, and a lot of it! “Shit I’m almost in my backing!” Trying to keep him out of the good water, trying to keep him out of the stronger current ahead…he’s so strong! Living in such a massive river, these fish have grown up tough as nails. He’s finally tiring out, I bring him to hand.

Walking back, Its time to get outta the water, its fathers day and I have dinner. MG is 50 yards ahead I’d better not spoil his line, I take a few steps towards his back to open up his water. Better watch where I’m going, there are some basketballs under my feet. I hear a massive “thump” on the water “Jesus Christ!” I look up to just as the fish is turning on  a fly near the surface, MG is battling a bruiser!

This summer’s supposed to get hot in the East, if you get the Cold water Blues, hit up the warm waters of MTL, you might like what you find…just watch where you’re stepping…

Can’t talk….Eating!