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The Hook & Hackle Company encourages support of those "Wounded Warriors" who have suffered physical and/or emotional injury as a result of their service to our great country.

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Rose River Farm, Virginia's finest private water trout fishing experience, has just gotten even better. Now in addition to over a mile of private water managed for Trophy Trout (all strictly on the fly and catch and release) they have added luxury rental cabins. As an introductory special ....

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The Hook & Hackle Company highly endorses this fine bonefish, tarpon & permit fishing destination. Our recent visit there exceeded our expectations many times over.

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Nora's colorful artwork just blow's me away! Best known for her watercolors, Nora has spent time painting on location all over the U.S.

 

I recently purchased a couple of prints from her Rich Pool Series which have become instant favorites!

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From time to time, we will feature different folks who are making a difference to fly fishing, conservation, outdoor art, helping others & so on. We welcome your suggestions for this column.


Peter C. Thompson, artist, writer, fly fisher & conservationist is our current feature.

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Wilderness North – Ontario Canada’s Premier Fly-in Adventure Provider!

Deep in the heart of the Northern Ontario wilderness lies an oasis for outdoor enthusiasts and anglers seeking a definitive Canadian adventure. Accessible only by floatplane, Wilderness North offers a haven for those who want to reconnect with nature.

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Fly Fishing in North Ontario


Scott Earl Smith

In the past quarter century I’ve fly fished a lot of places: The Florida Keys, the California coast, the Hawaiian Islands, and most of the Canadian provinces and territories. But my favorite place remains the far north of Ontario. There is something about ca sting a fly to the edge of a weed bed where (you know!) a pike as long as your leg is lurking.

If big brook trout is your game, then look no further than Northwestern Ontario. It’s one thing to catch a 20-inch brook trout but it’s another to catch a half-dozen, or more, of that size in one day on a fly rod. I guess I’m spoiled because a 20-inch brook trout to me is a “nice fish” - not a trophy of a lifetime like it is for most people.

One of the things I really cherish about fishing the far north is the solitude. It’s a special experience to be fishing on a lake or river system with not a boat or other angler in sight. You actually have a better chance of seeing a bear or moose than another human being, because - as I wrote in my book, Ontario Blue-Ribbon Fly Fishing Guide - the population of these animals far exceeds the population of humans in the far north.

Fly fishing these remote waters also means that the fish are not “educated.” This term is bounced around a lot in fishing circles, but it simply means that the fish are not habituated by human interference. A lot of people planning trips to one of Wilderness North’s many lodges and outposts ask me about the necessity of live bait. My answer is, “Heck, you can catch fish on bubble gum if you like.” In other words, leave the live bait at home. It’s not necessary.

One of the things unique about the northern environment is the insect life - something fly anglers are always interested in. What is interesting about insects (mayflies, stoneflies, and caddis particularly) is that most of the species you are familiar with in the lower 48 or more southern areas of Canada are present in the far north. But get this: they are larger! For some reason insects, such as the Hexagenia family of mayflies, are larger in the north. Their population may not be as prolific and the season for hatching may not be as long - but the individual insects are larger. So you can have more fun dry fly fishing. No need to fish minuscule size 16 and 18 flies. Just tie on a size 8 Stimulator or Royal Trude and let the games begin.

I’ve always enjoyed tying my own flies. But now that I need “progressive bifocals” to see very small things, the flies I tie are generally large and fairly simple. So it’s a good thing the fish here aren't fussy - and like big meals. Heck, I like big meals too. (Yet another thing I like about Wilderness North.)

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I’ve also caught walleye on the fly. Most, if not all, of our far north lakes are part of one of several river systems. This means there is current in most narrows and channels between lakes and various bays. Subsequently walleye are not as deep as you’d expect in more southern waters. I’ve caught many walleye in these areas with current. I’ve even caught walleye on mouse patterns, which is really an unusual treat.

Fly Fishing Opportunities - Wilderness North

Scott Earl Smith


The combination of big, eager, prolific fish, and the solitude of the north means that you can enjoy a full nights rest, have a great breakfast, and then head out on the water when you’re good and ready - without having to compete with the masses. This is an awesome way to spend a vacation.


Don’t forget your camera because over and above the many fish you’ll catch - you have the best sunsets, the northern lights, and all kinds of northern wildlife to photograph on your trip. I’ve seen caribou, moose, bear, timber wolves and many other interesting animals on my northern travels. Fly fishing at Wilderness North in the far north of Ontario really can’t be beat.


Scott Earl Smith,

Canadian Regional Editor: Fly Fish America


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We are headed North!

The folks at Hook & Hackle joins Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing in celebrating the 3rd Annual Healing on the Albany Event in the boreal forest of Northwestern Ontario.

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Brook Trout Conservation

TU's Back the Brookie Takes on the Allegheny National Forest

The Allegheny National Forest is home to a sizeable population of native brook trout but is under constant threat from reckless natural gas and coal operations. Through their Back the Brookie campaign TU is trying to help these jewels make it another generation.

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