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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Semi-Seal Leeches on Zoom-Monday December 6th at 7 pm MST

Hi Everyone!

Another fly tying season is upon us. I will try and have a fly tying session every Monday until mid March. There will of course be no tying during the Christmas break and Family Day.

Our first session will be on tying semi seal leeches. All you need is a size 8-10 streamer hook, brass or tungsten bead, some marabou and your favourite semi seal dubbing! We will do a basic semi seal leech, a balanced semi-seal leech, a jig leech and a ruby eyed semi seal leech.

You are welcome to tie along. You can just tie basic semi seal streamers, just watch or tie all 4 different leech styles. I am trying to keep everything super simple and straight forward! The materials list is in the post just below!

Here is the Zoom Meeting Link:


Sunday, November 21, 2021

First Fly Tying Session on Zoom is December 6th-Tying Leeches

 Hi Everybody!

Our first fly tying session will be Monday December 6th at 7 pm on Zoom! I will send everyone a link so you can tune in and tie along with me.

I will be tying  basic streamers, balanced leeches and balanced ruby-eyed leeches.

You will need the following:

Hook: 3xl streamer hook (e.g. Mustad 9671 or 9672) or balanced fly set up (jig hook size 10, pin and 1/8th tungsten bead )

Thread: Black thread 6/0

Tail: Black, Brown or Olive Marabou

Body: You favourite streamer coloured semi seal or Ice Dub

Bead: 1/8 inch brass bead or tungsten AND a 5/32 cone head brass or tungsten

You will need a dubbing twister for the session too!

See you soon!


Monday, November 15, 2021

Would YOU Pay to Play?

I never thought that I would go to a private location to fly fish, paying a rod fee. Many of my American and Canadian friends regularly head to private ponds, ranches, lakes and spring creeks to fly fish. Here in Alberta, there are several places you can fly fish after paying a rod fee. Personally, it was something I was not that interested in but after trying it, I would definitely do it again.

What I discovered was a day with my friends in a private intimate place turned out to be an amazing experience. There was a lot of laughing, relaxing, catching and just plain having a great time. It was a quality experience and I could tell by the smiles and laughter that everyone was having a blast!

My friend Leon and several of his friends head to private locations for three or four days at a time. After looking at the photos and hearing the stories, one can tell the gang was having a blast. I even spent a day with a group at a private fly fishing location just to be there and take photos. I did not even fly fish!

Days at fishing spots with a group of friends, willing fish and quiet surrounds are to be treasured. Battling a massive rainbow or catching a large brook trout is an opportunity many the avid fly fisher hopes to have. By looking at the quality of the fish caught, the smiles on the faces of the individuals and the peace of having space to fish, you can tell the opportunities are fantastic. Would you pay to play?