Top 5 Subsurface Flies for Big Brook Trout

Brook trout are arguably the most beautiful freshwater fish that swims, displaying levels of natural artistry, camouflage, color-within-color that are utterly astounding. But that’s just their skin. Underneath the gorgeous exterior of these magnificent. . .

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Armed to the Teeth: The Northern Pike of Wollaston Lake

Orvis's Tom Evenson prepares to release a 43-inch northern pike, which hit a topwatere slider pattern.
Photo by Joel Ruby

“Can we please change this fly?” Guide Dan Lembke--all six-foot-eight, two-hundred and ninety
pounds of him--was sitting in the center of the boat, rebuilding my wire leader
and considering what fly to tie on, . . .

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Wollaston Lake Lodge, Day Three: Duck, Duck, Pike


This pike decided to attack the mouse fly from above, which made for an exciting strike.
Photos by Sandy Hays

The rain started during the night, and we awoke to the steady thrum of big drops hitting the metal roof of our cabin at Wollaston Lake Lodge. The forecast called for things to get significantly . . .

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Wollaston Lake Lodge, Day Two: Bigger Is Better


Dan Lembke demonstrates the proper hold of a big northern pike in preparation for release.
Photo by Sandy Hays

Our second day at Wollaston Lake Lodge (click here for a report on the first) promised weather much like the day before--80 degrees and sunny--and we were looking forward to trying to find some . . .

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Wollaston Lake Lodge, Day One: Big Water


Another Wollaston Lake northern pike comes to the boat.
Photos by Sandy Hays

At the 2018 Orvis Guide Rendezvous in Asheville, North Carolina, back in April, Wollaston Lake Lodge was announced as this year's Endorsed Fly-Fishing Lodge of the Year. At the after . . .

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Angling Art: Gorgeous New Works by Galen Mercer


"Setting A Drop, Gaspé," Oil on Canvas, 18″ X 24″, 2017
All paintings by Galen Mercer

Artist Galen Mercer lives along the Battenkill in West Arlington, Vermont. Canadian by birth, he’s the grandson of two painters and the son of another, so it’s kind of in his blood. Here are five of his . . .

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Top 10 Flies for Western Canada and the Rockies

Written by: Dave Brown, Dave Brown Outfitters


The big browns of Alberta love a bushy dry fly drifted along the bank.
Photo by Dave Brown

Once our guide season rolls around, we tend to cover a lot of rivers in both Alberta and British Columbia. The character of these streams varies from fast-moving alpine freestones, such. . .

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Angling Art: New Works by Galen Mercer


"On a Flood Tide, Restigouche," Oil on Canvas, 24″ X 36″, 2016
All paintings by Galen Mercer

Artist Galen Mercer lives along the Battenkill in West Arlington, Vermont. Canadian by birth, he’s the grandson of two painters and the son of another, so it’s kind of in his blood. (He’s also . . .

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Video: A Grand Tour of Quebec Fly Fishing

I'm not quite sure who these folks at Mouche are, but they clearly know how to have a good time fly fishing in their native Quebec and they have some killer cinematography chops. This video . . .

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