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Rules of Engagement

Posted by Chris Dore on August 25, 2018 at 9:40 PM

1) You will never, never...never never never ever flick a tangle free from the rod tip.



2) If I say its a fish, its a fish.


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Stoneflies

Posted by Chris Dore on August 25, 2018 at 8:55 PM


I personally don’t use stoneflies a lot in the waters I guide but they allow you to really go to town on profile, accents and importantly for big, come eat me legs, let’s talk more about this...


A good stonefly imitation is my go to in deeper, rocky runs, ...

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Thinking More = Catching More

Posted by Chris Dore on August 15, 2018 at 7:40 PM


Swinging sexy water. Don’t just fire out random casts thinking they will work. Identify structure in the water ahead of you and think about how your fly will present to fish holding around that structure. How fast / slow will the fly pass through the bingo zone and should it acce...

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Brendons Casting Clinic

Posted by Chris Dore on August 10, 2018 at 12:10 AM

Casting with Brendon. I dont usually go into a personal 90 minute session with a plan and even wing talks / group sessions depending on what they respond best to. We may cover a lot of ground or stick with one or two main focus points depending on how the student progresses. We usually begin with ...

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Options are Good

Posted by Chris Dore on August 5, 2018 at 4:50 AM




Having a variety of flies, in a number of patterns and profiles, along with a variety of heads and sink tip options sure makes a difference on those slower, winter days. Add in a bit of imagination and a few different retrieves and you not only increase your options, but renew your entheusi...

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Fishing the Mr Glister

Posted by Chris Dore on July 25, 2018 at 9:40 AM


So I’ve received a number of messages this week as to how I fish Mr Glister streamers. Do I just swing it, do I strip it? Well, it all depends on the water etc and how the fish are reacting.

In larger, deeper pools I will often fish them slow and deep across and down, letti...

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Size Matters

Posted by Chris Dore on July 20, 2018 at 9:15 AM


One thing I often see in many anglers fly boxes are a plethora of different patterns but sure enough, most are of a similar size range, and usually tungsten beaded.


Now we all know that trout will most likely eat your favourite size 14 beadhead but what if they don...

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Forget The Forecast, Right?

Posted by Chris Dore on July 15, 2018 at 7:40 PM


Playing with a few recently arrived lines... just couldnt wait to throw them, and #forgettheforecast right? Techy Thursday on my favourite winter kit coming soon...

Keep a Caddis Close

Posted by Chris Dore on July 12, 2018 at 9:10 AM


So let’s look at caddis. The good old elk hair caddis has long been a favourite of mine as a dry / dropper fly, floating high with a wing angled upwards enough to see. But there’s another reason I fish them so much, trout will usually shun an emerger, dun or spinner t...

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Single Handed Spey and the Airflo Skagit Scout

Posted by Chris Dore on July 7, 2018 at 8:55 AM


Recently I received a message from Rob asking if he can learn to spey cast and successfully swing flies with his everyday trout gear.


Here’s a secret: that trout rod you have in your garage will allow you to spey cast. Spey refers to a style of casting, and this...

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