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On the Beach 16 03 2019

Put on my Wellies and went out along the coast today chasing sea-runs at a favourite close-to-home beach. There, a steady flow spills over the cobbles and into the sea. Annie Creek is a tea-stained piss-trickle which flows through a metal culvert under Highway 19A,...

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Peterson Disc Tag Data Update

A brief follow-up on an article previously posted to Tangled Lines, re: On the Little Q Today 27 01 2019. That article referred to my finding a Peterson disc tag assembly along the riverbank. The tags were subsequently dropped off at the Little Qualicum river salmon...

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Frugal and Inventive

Several years ago, on a fly-fishing website bulletin board, there was a rather exuberant exchange of ideas regarding the possibilities of tying passable, fish taking flies using only found materials. That is an intriguing idea for sure. Having only a hook and thread...

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On the Beach 03 03 2019

So, having a factual record of one’s fly fishing outings is supposed to give one a “leg up” on predicting what may transpire during future outings. That is all well and good, but we are dealing with predicting the vagaries of fish here. That will always be the wild...

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Keep ’em Wet: the fish, not you!

Of late, the “Keep ‘em Wet” campaign, that movement to bring to the fore the importance of keeping a fish in the water after being caught, during a quick photo session and while being released has gained some momentum. The intent is to rekindle the practice, tune-up...

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Englishman River on Ground Hog Day

The water level had bumped up a wee bit overnight. There was a nice little touch of pea-greeness to the flow. The tide was still ebbing from an early morning high. A couple of fish were caught... on camera. One’s search for winter-run Steelhead often leads to some...

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Crossing Over…

   Hike along the well trampled fishermen’s trails for long enough and one will undoubtedly come across, quite literally, some unique structures. Quite akin to a beaver, man has the overpowering urge to construct functional embellishments to waterways. As with beaver...

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One Line, Two Flies?

A few days ago, a magazine editor asked me about the suitability of writing a piece on the use of “dropper” flies. He is a keen newcomer to the fly fishing scene and wants to learn as much as he can about it. After thanking him for his interest, I informed him that...

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