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Canadian Fly Fishing

Updated on June 29, 2010

Canada is home to hundreds of thousands of pristine rivers and lakes that are ideal for fly fishing. Whether you are a novice or expert, fly fishing can offer you a chance to develop your skills while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian wilderness. Outfitters throughout the country specialize in fly fishing trips and can tell you the best places to fly fish as well as provide you with bait, tackle, and instruction. 

Decide What Fish to Pursue

Fly fishing is a great strategy to catch many species of fish. Salmon  may be caught by fly fishing and are popular because of their excellent taste. Trout, steelhead, and char are also popular choices for river fly fishing. Canada’s swift rivers make for excellent fly fishing—considered to be the best in the world. The fly fishing season for trout runs from the spring until late July, while the fly fishing season for salmon lasts from mid-July through September. In addition to choosing the species of fish to pursue, you should also consider the size of the fish you want to catch. Beginners to fly fishing should aim for smaller to medium-sized fish, as these are found in shallower channels with slower-moving water and are easier to catch.

Choose an Outfitter

A reliable outfitter is a necessity for a great fly fishing trip if you do not live in or are not familiar with Canada. Canada has many remote places to fish that are inaccessible by road. Outfitters can tell you where these places are, provide air transport to them, and offer lodging at these locations. In addition, even if you are an experienced fisherman or woman with all the necessary equipment, if you are flying to Canada for your fly fishing trip, you may not want to lug all of that equipment on a plane. An outfitter that can provide you with bait and tackle can make your entire trip less of a hassle and more enjoyable. Finally, outfitters will have a familiarity with the area and the resources available that will make your trip easier.

Once you have chosen your fly fishing location, conduct an internet search for outfitters in the locations you want to travel to. Call outfitters that you are interested in to ask about their services and experience. Ask for references and follow up. Solicit recommendations from friends who fly fish and visit online discussion boards. These methods should help you choose a good outfitter to make your trip a success.

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  • CYBERSUPE profile image


    WOW, as a fly fisherman, your hub has me excited.