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yaffle 07-26-2003 08:21 PM

Hello All Fly fishers
Very, Very, nice sight. This is the biggest bulliton board I have ever seen!! I want to congradulate the fly talk staff on a sight well put togather!!
Now, enough of the sucking up.
I live in Thunder Bay, ont. A city with few fly fishers and a whole lot of good fly fishing water.
I have been flyfishing now for four years and after a bit of a rough start, I am enjoying every minute of it. I fish mostly speckled trout and occasionally rainbow trout.I tie all of my own flies and presantly get out to fish two to three tmies a week, that number may increase as the season draws to an end. Hopefully this fall I will find more time for steelhead and salmon.
We have a great fly fishing resource, which include speckled trout, rainbow, superior run rainbow (Steelhead) and three species of pacific salmon.
If I can back track a little, I am originally from newworld island off of the north east coast of Newfoundland.I fished spinner and worm as a kid for our brook trout and mud trout. I have a number of cousins an uncle and my dad who all tie flies and some of them fish their creations, so a natural progression for me would be to graduate from the spinner gear into the world of fly fishing. My father always tied and fished his own flies, although never with a fly rod instead he tied them off so far up his line when spinner fishing and I would watch as he would at times reel in two trout at a time. Just this past summer he has been out with a fly rod, after I helped him get set up with the right gear.
In Newfoundland we don't have any coarse fish, only brookies, mud trout (char) landlock salmon and sea run Atlantic salmon. When I made it all the way to north western Ontario and heard of their brook trout, I began to seek out such water of the speckled trout habitat. In contrass to my home water where all fishing holes were trout holes it is not the case here in NWO. I know have to do my research and seek and find if I wish to fish new trout water. The big game fish in this part of the world is the walleye (Canadians call them Pickeral). Laketrout, Bass and Northern Pike probably round out the top four. At first this bothered me a little bit, (being a big trout fan and all) but now I take a differant attitude. Don't get me wrong, I haven't changed my preferance in fish type, but its like I heard A fellow trout enthusiast once say "Pickeral, Northern Pike, Bass,... the best thing to ever happen to this area," Well I was driving and about to stop and put him out ;) but then he went on to explain, "keeps everyone away from the trout.":D
I had to tell that, and now, before I get slammed for my veiw of other fish types, I have caught my share of Northerns, Bass and Walleye, thats how I know I prefer Trout:)
Am I using too many smillies? somebody tell me if I am using too many smillies.:cool: These things are great, eh?:devil:
I can't find spell check here, and now that you all know where I am from you can excuse a few spelling errors.
Anyway, best of fishing to everyone from a Newf living in Ontario.
Also, thanks to Robert Burton for putting me onto this sight from over at fishing Ontario. Thanks man. -Yaffle

juro 07-27-2003 07:37 PM

yaffle -

welcome aboard! sounds like you have a little slice of wild trout heaven up there... keep us up to date thoughout your season

Penguin 07-27-2003 10:49 PM

...Cape Breton refugee?!
In another life (USAF) I flew in 4 Stephenville AirShow/Harmon Field Day events and, after word got out how welll we were treated by our Newf cousins, it got to be quite a challenge to be chosen for that specialgood to do some salmon fishing and donated alot of blood to the mosquitos...Good times gone bye!
Got "Screeched" in '88!
Thunder Bay sure looks like GODS country from 35,000'/550mph...
I wouldn't know what to do after a day on "fresh"'s just not the same if there isn't salt on everything...Or is it?
Imagine how long gear would last?!
Glad you enjoy the FFF (great bunch!) and don't be a stranger!
Keep us in your loop and, if you get a chance to visit, we'll set you up to annoy some swell striped and/or toothy critters!

yaffle 07-31-2003 07:22 PM

Juro, Penguin, thank for the welcome.
Penguin, you have one up on me, I have never fished for NFLD Atlantic Salman, but I have a feeling that'll all change next summer. I plan to go back for two or three weeks, first time in ten long years. -yaffle

fredaevans 07-31-2003 09:25 PM

Don't pay a lick of attention to these North
Easterns. They'll rot your brains.

The PNW is where 'all' the good things happen.

fae, et. al.

striblue 07-31-2003 10:24 PM

Welcome..... and don't listen to Fred?...I have yet to see him up at Cape Cod... ;) ....We get up too early here:devil: .... My father and I used to fish in Northern Quebec up by La Tourque and Lake St. John for speckled trout... wish I could recapture those days..but I think it was being with my dad more than the fishing... but to wake up in the morning and seeing Moose in the water in front of the cabin, the ice house, no telephones, oil lamps, and 20 miles plus on a tracktor into the woods on old logging roads, heat by wood stove.... frost in the mornings and sweating it in the afternoon... and trout.

FrenchCreek 07-31-2003 11:33 PM

Welcome to another Canuck!
I have fished the great northern Ont. lands and with fond memories of large brookies. At the time i was not into the Pike & Walley on the fly trick but you should give them a try as well, just to support the trout hatch "in betweens" time.

fredaevans 08-01-2003 03:58 AM

and don't listen to Fred?...I have yet to see him up at Cape Cod...
Now would a good 'ex-patriot' Canadian Boy "lie" to another?? Actually, as close to Strub's area as I've ever gotten was the outtr beachs of Long Island. Beautiful!!!!! And that was far too many years ago.

Bad thing about summer run steelhead is they like day break ... or rather they want you to be ON the river at 4:45am. By noon it's too darned hot even if you're 'wet wading.'


BobK 08-01-2003 07:02 AM

Fred, Fred, Fred...
Now, be nice. Don't start squabbling in front of a newcomer!

Welcome aboard. And don't listen to these "parochial patriarchs" - the best fishing in the world is where you happen to be right then!:D


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