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Saturday, 31 December 2011

Cutthroat trout--BC Kootenays edition

Cutthroat were my first fly fishing quarry and will always hold a special place in my heart.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Trout Montage

Some excellent trout video and photos in this piece.

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BC Steelhead--Thompson River Edition

Or should I say lack of Thompson River steelhead.  One of the world's most fabled steelhead rivers is a shadow of its former self.  Some years it's open, others it's closed.  I still long to fish the huge water of the T as it's called by many and hook up on a big, powerful steelhead.  The combination of fish and river give you a chance to get spooled like few other places.  Wouldn't that be a story to tell.

Monday, 26 December 2011

Rod Reaction--Christmas 2011

Believe me, I get giddy when I get a great new rod or reel.  But not quite this giddy.

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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Bow River Trout for Christmas

The Lo Fi Fly guys spit out a little bit of bow river rainbow and brown action for us on the Eve of the big day.

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Thursday, 22 December 2011

Alaska Rainbows

Dreading Alaska?

Don't fall for the stereotypes of guys with dreadlocks being uneducated.  There're insightful discussions about right angles and many other topics in this piece that brings back cold, painful memories of trying to put on frozen waders on winter steelheading trips.  Brrrr!

Big Bull Trout--Metolius River

Outside Bend Productions brings us an awesome bull trout fishing vid.

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Paid in Full DVD Arrival Tomorrow

After hearing many requests for Paid in Full to be released on DVD in addition to being a web hosted video, I came to my senses.  The DVD's are in transit and are scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  If you want to see over an hour of incredible dry fly steelheading action, the DVD's are $29.95 and should be available for shipping by Friday.  For a taste of what you might see, check out the official trailer below.

To order, send an email request to and we'll make it happen.

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New Zealand Browns--Mountain Bike Style

The mountain bike.  Most of us have one but don't realize it has huge benefits for fishing.  We often use them to bike up away from the majority of foot soldiers.  We also hide one in the bush quite often when fishing a long stretch of river.  At day's end a 5 minute bike ride back to the truck saves your legs a ton of walking and let's you feel a lot more rested for the next day's fishing.  Give it a try.

Monday, 19 December 2011

Topwater Redfish

Hot eats--torpedo style--set to Jay Z's tune Big Pimpin'.  What more can you ask for?

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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Skeena Steelhead 2011

Big, beautiful Bulkley River BC steelhead at Frontier Farwest.

Chile Flyfishing?

One of the greatest fly fishing, rafting and kayaking regions on earth is threatened by massive dams.  A lot like BC only we're threatened by so called "green" dams.  BC's low elevation dams will still sacrifice much of the fish and wildlife and the ecotourism that depends on them.

Monday, 28 November 2011

November Steelhead in Idaho


The history of fly fishing started way back when with the handcrafted bamboo fly rod.  It's pretty nostalgic to see a bit of what goes in to fashioning one.  Check it out.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Huge Brown

The brown at the close of this video is an absolute "pig".  Hopefully Einar will invest in a new HD camera for his future videos but the quality of the fish is awesome.

Wyoming Trout

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Steelhead, Golden, Bonefish Montage

Todd Moen puts together some of his best bits of 2011--fishy, scenic,...sweet!

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

The Graphite Anniversary

My First

Not sure exactly when I bought my first Sage rod, but it may be over twenty years ago.  It was an eight weight (896-4 RPL) intended for fishing winter steelhead.  Sage rods were among the very best of rods at the time and still are.


My next purchase was a five weight (590-4 RPL +) that I bought in 1996 in preparation for five months in New Zealand fishing trout and playing rugby.  Okay it was also my honeymoon.  This was intended to be the rod that, like my wife, completed me.  I had a steelhead rod and a trout rod and being a river fanatic in the Pacific Northwest, I needed nothing more--or so I thought.

The Graphite Anniversary

For our tenth anniversary, I got my wife's ring redone.  She loved it and wears it every day.  I on the other hand, got a Sage 9140-4 two handed rod.  Funny how you never regret spending a sizeable chunk of your disposable income on things you love--yes, I mean you honey.  Honey can refer to multiple things right?  Apparently the rod that completed me ten years previous didn't.  How was I to know the two handed revolution would change the face of steelhead fly fishing.  Some of those formerly nasty to fish places have become great producers.

Living the Dream

Fitting that this blog entry is just days after our fifteenth anniversary.  When I play it all back, there seems to be a link between anniversaries and great gifts.  Somebody obviously knows me well.  Last year I had a taste of the dream.  I've been working hard the last couple of years to complete a dry line focused steelhead fly fishing video.  I put myself out there at a fly fishing symposium in Victoria and happened to cross paths with Sage's Western Canadian rep, Peter Morrison.  In response to seeing excerpts from our video,  Peter offered me a Sage sponsorship arrangement where I could purchase Sage products at reduced rates--kinda the employee family pricing type of deal.  As a friend said, you're living the fly fisher's dream.

Starving Artist

Although money is very tight being a start up operation with a dream, I still managed to squeeze out enough money to purchase two new rods to test drive in our video.  I've wanted a lighter two hander for summer run fishing ever since I realized the massive benefits of the two handed rod for winter steelhead.  Although the 8129-4 Z -Axis I purchased is also a sweet rod, the rod that gets all the work these days is the 7119-4 TCX.  It's light but easily handled the biggest steelies we were able to throw at it this year.  It's also a dream to cast with a dry line.

The Ultimate Dream

I've always wanted to fish the Dean River.  I'm hoping a wealthy donor will come my way soon, purchase all the filming, editing, and fishing equipment my little heart could desire and cover the cost of a trip to the Dean for me and a few buddies.  The donor is of course invited too.  Although the lodge experience would likely be awesome, I'd be overjoyed to be heli-dropped on the bar of a great run with my camping and fishing gear.  When it comes right down to it, it'll likely be the fishing, scenery and time with great friends that I remember most fondly.

Jerry Siem

I know Jerry Siem is Sage's legendary rod designer but can he talk to the powers that be and have them man up the designs of anniversary gifts a little.  I propose the tenth anniversary becomes the graphite anniversary.  Of course we'll need the aluminum bar stock anniversary, the drift boat anniversary, etc., etc.
Happy anniversary honey!

Sunday, 13 November 2011


After a slow start to the video, this chrome bright steelie picks up the fly and peels a fair bit of line.

Silver King vs Golden Dorado

Could it be that golden dorado's are more fun than tarpon?  Watching the dorado chase a surface presented fly was a ton of fun and the reels were losing line at an extreme pace.  Check it out and see what YOU think.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Olympic Peninsula Steelhead

The mossy trees, the steelhead, the spey all reminds me of home.

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Big Brown Redefined

Brownies like this don't come along very often.  When you splash it like the big boss man to make sure it doesn't get outa yer net it makes the video that much better.  Why didn't I think of that?

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Styria Lane

No, I didn't watch that show...much.

Incredibly pretty Austrian water, taimen, grayling, etc.

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Monday, 31 October 2011

Big Brown Trout & Lots of 'Em

Although brown trout can't match steelies for speed, when they get as big as some of these Argies they're pretty awesome.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Ultimate Steelheading AVAILABLE NOW

Fly fishing for BC steelhead is as good as it gets, especially when they're swirling at skated dries or when you're sight fishing for them.  Fly Fishing Fantasies' video, Paid in Full, follows four fishermen attempting to get a piece of this made in BC goodness.  There's over twenty rises to dries in this video and many other incredible sights as well.

Check out the official trailer below--you won't be disappointed.

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Boldly Go

Boldly go, or just dumb___?  When it comes to videos, DVD's look to be on their way out.  Can Blu-ray be far behind?  Fly Fishing Fantasies has chosen to host their new release, Paid in Full, online.  What're the benefits to YOU?

Benefits of Online Video Hosting versus Disks:

  1. better picture quality than standard DVD’s
  2. cheaper than Blu-ray
  3. internet hosted so you never have to worry about damaging or losing (aka your fishing buddy lifted it) your DVD/Blu-ray or worry that you can’t play it once disks and disk players are totally phased out
  4. you can purchase from home and be watching your video the same day in some circumstances (ie we are not out filming)
  5. you can watch from any computer with an internet connection
  6. more money goes to the filmmaker and less to production costs, shipping and middle men making it more likely that the “starving artist” will live to tell another story
  7. more environmentally conscious than printing and recycling of disks and packaging
I'm sure there are other good reasons.  Please, fill me in.

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Steelhead Rising in Huge Numbers


Paid in Full boasts over twenty dry fly steelhead rises and they're coming your way in a matter of hours.  If all website work goes according to plan tomorrow, our steelhead sight fishing and dry fly fishing masterpiece, as voted by me, will be available for purchase by late tomorrow.  I'm ecstatic with the final product and given the feedback we've received from several fly fishing industry insiders, many other people will be just as impressed.

The Difference

Unlike some fishing videographers, we keep the camera running by packing lots of batteries.  The result?  You get to see the rise, the take, the hook set, that initial frenetic run and all the incredible surroundings that steelhead call home.  You also get to see steelhead approaching twenty pounds that fell victim to a well presented dry fly and the xxxx-eating grin on the face of the guy that presented that fly.  In addition to carrying lots of batteries, we also use wireless lapel microphones to bring the authentic sounds of a screaming Islander Reel.

I can't wait!

Take your last look at our previous trailer below if you choose as it'll be replaced by Paid in Full's official trailer within hours.

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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Islander Reels Reinvests

After viewing Fly Fishing Fantasies' dry fly steelheading video Paid in Full, which is due out in a matter of days, Islander Reels gives a vote of confidence by agreeing to a substantial future sponsorship agreement.  Islander staff characterized the video as "Awesome!!!!!".

Right back at ya Islander, your reels are also awesome!!!!!  Just ask Rory whose previous reel melted down and seized on two separate steelhead the year before Islander sponsored Fly Fishing Fantasies.  Trust me, a steelhead can move out when it wants to.

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

300 Days of Sun

A real estate advertisement that'll get you thinking about moving and bringing your rod along with you.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Cure for Short Days

As fall and winter push in and the days shorten, a guy (or gal) can't help but wish for a little time down south in the sun.  Throw in some bonefish and you even keep the fishing crowd happy.

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Best Online Fly Fishing Retailer?

Why Buy Online?

If you want the lowest price, you don't live near a fly shop, your local shop doesn't carry all the brands you prefer, or you prefer shopping online period, click through from our blog (top right side) or website to Fishwest.  You'll get the guaranteed best price and support Fly Fishing Fantasies at the same time.

Reasons Fishwest is the Best Online Fly Fishing Retailer For You

Top tier and price point fly fishing equipment combined with a lowest price guarantee, secure shopping, 30 day no questions asked/satisfaction guaranteed return policy even on sale and closeout items, free shipping for all US orders and for international orders over $300.

Why Fly Fishing Fantasies Chose to Affiliate with Fishwest

  1. Lower threshold for free international shipping than other online retailers.
  2. 30 day no questions asked/satisfaction guaranteed return policy.  If your waders don't fit or the rod wasn't the perfect match for you, back it goes.  This makes shopping with Fishwest no risk.
  3. Ability to return closeout and sale items.  You don't find this one often.
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  5. Lowest price guarantee.  Can't get any lower than lowest.
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Simply click on the Fishwest logo on our blog (top right side) or website and you'll be taken to a page listing all subcategories to help you quickly find what you're looking for.  These subcategories include rods, reels, lines, wading gear, fly tying, etc.  Fishwest accepts PayPal and all major credit cards.

Added Benefit

Your click through business will help Fly Fishing Fantasies further the fight against Run of River Hydroelectric and other projects detrimental to our environment.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

PNW Fall Steelhead

South west Washington has a few nice summer run steelhead to chase in the fall.

If you're into steelheading, watch for Fly Fishing Fantasies' Paid in Full official trailer and the full length video due to be released within a matter of days/weeks.  Biased source says it's gonna be good.  It not only features some incredible steelheading, it also contains Skate U--a dry fly steelheading tutorial, some hilarious outtakes, and tons of awesome scenery.

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Head & Tail

I usually like what the frontside fly boys have to offer--dry flies for trout in secluded spots.  And this time a great cast to a head and tail rise from a nice brown trout.

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Friday, 14 October 2011

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Brown Baggin'

Fast action streamer fishing for browns in Colorado.

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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Friday, 7 October 2011

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Cutt Me

Fishing beautiful Montana wilderness rivers for cutts.

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Spaghetti Western Meets Fly Fishing

These Scandi's get more than they bargained for when they attempt to explore the wilds of the great white north.

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Double D Ranch

By Double D, I mean Double Diamond River Ranch.  Minds out a the gutta people--I'm talkin rainbow trout fishing for "toads" in Colorado.

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011


As in, eatin's treatin'--tarpon style.  If you're like me and like to watch big fish eat in plain view or maybe right off the surface then go ballistic, this one delivers.

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St. Mary's Hog--Alberta Rainbows

Head guides usually have a bit of character that spills out periodically.  Check out Cam Jensen's words to live by.

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Ride 'em & Rope 'em

Or play 'em and net'em in this case--Alberta Canada style.  Incredible river rainbow fishing on the fly.

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Sunday, 2 October 2011


And by hos, I mean Cohos.  Awesome filming and editing show BC off in the best way.

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Monday, 26 September 2011

Alberta Flyfishing 2011

Amateur video it is, but in some of the most majestic mountains.  There's also a bunch of buddies having a great ol' time on a fly fishing trip.

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

More Steelies!

Although a little too far for a day trip from BC, the boys in Ohio are poppin some nice steelies.

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Light Tippet

I must say at first glance I didn't expect much from this piece.  However it delivered in ways that were very sweet--many different big trout boiling on dry flies.  Heavier tippet or a softer strike would've capped off the events but hey, we've all been there.

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Friday, 23 September 2011

Fast Steelheading Anyone

Kodiak Island Alaska is home to G-bars and apparently quite a few steelies.  See what ya think...

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Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Well Fed

Here's the match pair for yesterday's post.  More rainbows with bellies that are chocka.

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Monday, 19 September 2011

Football Season

Football shaped rainbow trout that is.   Them thar Alberta boys got some good fishin.......mmmmhmm.

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Sunday, 18 September 2011

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Grand Scenery and Grandsons

I'm a sucker for watching neophytes get turned on to fly fishing and for incredible forests, mountains and rivers.  Yosemite is something.

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Friday, 16 September 2011

Two in Da Bush

Fly fishing with single handers often involves peeling your fly out of the trees behind you.  That said, the frontsidefly gang often impresses for rising trout.  See what you think...

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Norwegian Grayling & Brown Trout

Stunning scenery while driftboating a huge river.


Tarpon, bonefish, & permit.  I smell grand slam breakfast at Denny's.

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Black Canyon Brown Trout

Float trips look like an awesome way to do a multi-day trip.  Colorado's Black Canyon of the Gunnison River looks like an awesome place to do it.

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Fly Fishing Film Tour in Victoria November 1

I may take a crack at the Fly Fishing Film Tour for 2012.  If I get the rest of my work done, that is.

The 2011 tour is showing at Robinson's Outdoor Store in my home town of Victoria on November 1.  See you there???

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Fear the Eared

Don't try piercing your ear yourself unless there's plenty of saline around.  I especially don't recommend trying to pierce it with your fly.

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Ahhhhh, Skeena Steelhead

Beautiful fish.  Chrome with a little pink blush.

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Sunday, 11 September 2011

Bow River. Buggers.

These guys usually make me laugh and they usually make me want to fish the Bow River.

Friday, 9 September 2011


Drove by the Metolius a few summers ago but never had the time to wet a line.  Looks like pretty tidy flyfishing for some sweet bows.

Friday, 2 September 2011

What a Cracka!

I know, it's spelt cracker, but that's not how an Aussie pronounces it.  I must say this is the first time I've ever heard of an Australian Murray Cod.  It's a freshwater fish very similar in appearance to a bass.  These fish apparently live to be 70 years old and 250 lbs.

For something a little different than the normal fare and especially for those into freshwater bass type fishing, check it out.  If you can't see the video link, go to

Monday, 29 August 2011

Best Story 2011 Drake Fly Fishing Video Awards

"Doc" had to give up practicing medicine because of Parkinson's disease.  Through the help of a dedicated and very helpful guide, he has immersed himself in a new passion.

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Sunday, 28 August 2011

Chile Flyfishing

These guides look to be able to deliver the goods when it comes to duping large trout.

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Saturday, 20 August 2011


Not sure why a rainbow in the Deschutes got elevated to the status of being called a Redside, but hey, why worry about it.

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